Porcelain Dental Veneers
Porcelain dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dental solution that can produce a total smile transformation. Drs. Stein and Weiss, your Skokie, IL dentists, can help you achieve the smile you desire through porcelain veneer treatment at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry.
A Total Smile Makeover Through Veneers
Sometimes, teeth with deep stains and restorations can’t be cosmetically altered through whitening or bonding alone. For many patients who desire a uniform, bright smile, veneers offer dramatic results. Veneers are thin, but durable, tooth-colored coverings created from medical-grade ceramic. Veneers look natural and beautiful for an immediate improvement in the appearance of your smile.
Veneers may be ideal if your teeth are healthy, but have stains, uneven spacing, chips, or are slightly crooked. Often, porcelain veneers accomplish the same job as that of orthodontics, dental bonding, and professional teeth whitening combined! Porcelain veneers can make teeth look:
- Straighter: Veneers can be shaped to provide a smooth, seamless connection between other veneers, giving the impression of perfectly aligned teeth.
- More even: Teeth of varying lengths or sizes can be made to appear more uniform with porcelain veneers.
- Whiter: Your dentist will use a shade selection tool to discuss with you the right shade for your veneers. Discoloration or uneven coloring can be camouflaged with veneers.
- Intact: Veneers remove gaps or slight overlaps from your visible smile. Chips or fracture lines are also eliminated.
What to Expect
If you and Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss determine that porcelain veneer treatment is the best option for your smile, treatment will begin with a thorough examination of your teeth. Any restorative procedures that may be needed, such as removing cavities or eliminating periodontal disease, must be done before veneers can be placed. Impressions of your teeth will help our team, as well as the team in the dental lab, perfectly fit your new veneers. Once impressions and shade analysis has been completed, your veneers are custom created in a dental lab. When finished, Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss will file your natural tooth; this provides a tactile surface for the veneer to bond to, as well as provides a natural appearance once the veneers are placed.
It should be noted that porcelain veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic solution. Layers of enamel must be removed to place porcelain veneers. Unfortunately, once enamel is removed it cannot be replaced. Dental bonding, while similar to veneers, is considered reversible because a thinner layer of enamel must be removed during placement. However, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 or even 20 years before needing replacement. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings and exams will help extend the life of your new veneers.
The cost for veneers varies depending on your unique situation. However, expect to pay more for dental veneers than dental bonding or professional teeth whitening. The treatment cost reflects veneers’ quality; these cosmetic solutions last for up to 20 years and are custom created to fix any imperfections in your specific smile. Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss can create an estimate of costs during your consultation, to help you plan for your cosmetic treatment.
Porcelain Veneers in Skokie, IL
Interested in a new smile through porcelain veneers? Contact The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss. We can help you determine if porcelain veneers are right for your smile.