Chips and gaps. They plague your front teeth and your self-confidence. What's the solution to this cosmetic problem? It could be porcelain veneers from Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling in Wheaton. These ceramic laminates permanently remake dental defects for a smile that's perfectly functional, perfectly lifelike and perfectly you.
Frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers, or laminates, are a permanent cosmetic dentistry treatment. Thin and tooth-shaped, veneers cover the front side of teeth which have substantial cosmetic defects such as gaps, mild crookedness or crowding, chips, stains, or cracks. They are custom-fabricated and colored one by one to be unique to your facial features and preferences and to blend in with surrounding teeth.
Does the process take a long time?
Counting the initial consultation, Wheaton veneers take two to three visits to your dentist's office. You'll talk about how you wish to improve the appearance of your teeth. Dr. Carlson or Dr. Schuiling will take photos and X-rays during your examination, noting the health of the teeth and gums and the nature of the defects you wish to address.
If you agree that veneers are right for you, the dentist will remove some enamel from each tooth so your veneers fit precisely and look right for your smile. Oral impressions and a care plan go to a trusted dental lab in the area where a ceramist precisely crafts each veneer. In the meantime, you'll wear temporary laminates.
When you come back to the office, the dentist removes the temporaries. He etches the teeth with a mild chemical and then bonds the new veneers in place. For a natural-looking match, the cement may be varied in color before your dentist cures it with a special UV light. With a final bite adjustment, you're ready to enjoy your new smile!
How long do veneers last?
With proper oral care, veneers can last for many years. They are a great investment in your oral health and smile appearance.
Are veneers difficult to care for?
No, they are not. Brush with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste of your choice. Floss daily as you normally do, and see your dentist twice a year for your usual examination and cleaning. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, call Dr. Carlson or Dr. Schuiling, and they'll be happy to help.
Find out more about porcelain veneers
Dr. Carlson and Dr. Schuiling deliver the finest preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services in the Wheaton, IL, area. Just ask their patients! If you wish to know more about veneers or the other aesthetic services this talented team offers, please contact our office for an appointment. We are open Monday through Friday every week and one Saturday per month for your convenience. Call (630) 653-9002.