Posts for tag: Veneers

By Dr. David L. Carlson
July 10, 2019
Tags: Veneers  

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.

By Dr. David L. Carlson
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

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How cosmetic dental procedures from your dentists in Wheaton, Illinois, can give you an outstanding smile

You can have the smile you want and deserve, even if you have damaged teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can remake your smile, changing your smile from dull to dazzling. Whatever bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help. Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling in Wheaton, IL, offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services to help you and your smile.

Not everyone is born with a great-looking smile. If you are one of the many people with a damaged, dull smile, you can remake it. Consider just a few of the many procedures available to rejuvenate your smile:

  • Professional Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening treatment is effective and quick. In fact, the in-office treatment takes only about an hour, and you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter. Your fantastic results can last up to 5 years too! Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, which may contain harmful chemicals, professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings: If you have old, crumbly metal fillings that are ruining your smile; tooth-colored filling material can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth. The filling material is hardened with a dental light, giving you a filling that is virtually invisible. Tooth-colored fillings enhance your beautiful smile and protect your teeth.
  • Porcelain Veneers: If you have large or small chips, cracks, fracture lines, and other signs of damage; porcelain veneers can hide what everyday wear-and-tear and aging have done to your smile. Veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain, which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain veneers hide defects and damage, giving you a perfect smile!

To find out more about these services and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Dr. Carlson and Dr. Schuiling in Wheaton, Illinois, at (630) 653-9002 today and start remaking your smile!

By Dr. David L. Carlson
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

VeneersDo you have stained or damaged teeth? Do you want to rejuvenate your Hollywood smile back to its glamour days?

Your dentists in Wheaton, IL, Drs. David Carlson and Michael Schuiling, know patients want to have better-looking smiles, so they provide an economical solution: veneers.

More About Veneers

Veneers are an aesthetic fix for unsightly teeth. They are made of thin porcelain and are used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged. They fix a variety of issues, such as:

  • Stained or discolored teeth, usually as a result of:
    • Drinking coffee or tea
    • Poor hygiene
    • Smoking
    • Chewing tobacco
    • Tetracycline-containing medicine
  • Crooked, misshapen, or overcrowded teeth
  • Teeth that have been damaged in an accident

More About the Procedure

When you come into the Wheaton office for your new veneers, your doctor will:

  1. Examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If they decide that you are a good candidate, they'll first deal with any underlying issues, such as cavities.
  2. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.
  3. They'll remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth and cement the veneers (your dentist removes this enamel) so that you don't feel like your teeth are protruding.

Caring for Veneers

In order to take proper care of your veneers, you need to:

  • Brush twice a day while holding your brush at a 40-degree angle
  • Change your toothbrush when it's frayed
  • Use fluoride-containing toothpaste, mouthwash, and water
  • Eat healthy food like carrots that scrape teeth clean
  • Floss at least once before bed


For more information on veneers, contact your dentists, Drs. David Carlson and Michael Schuiling, in Wheaton, IL, by calling (630) 653-9002. They will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!

By Dr. David L. Carlson
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers   Dentist  

Cosmetic DentistryDo you wish your teeth were whiter, straighter, or generally more beautiful? Does the size, shape, length, or width of your teeth bother you? Have you ever been embarrassed by your smile? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry, your cosmetic options, and how they can benefit you with Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling in Wheaton, IL.

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options in Wheaton, IL

  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening can quickly and effectively help give your smile a boost and help improve the appearance of your teeth. The whitening session takes only about an hour. You can go right back to your daily activities after your whitening treatment.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers cover the tooth to change its appearance. Veneers can change the shape, size, length, width, or color of a tooth and are especially successful in providing total smile makeovers to patients with serious cosmetic issues with their teeth.
  • Dentures: Dentures replace all or most of the teeth on an arch. Full dentures replace all the teeth on an arch, partial dentures replace most of the teeth on an arch, and implant-supported dentures use dental implant technology to anchor into place in the mouth.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which straightens the teeth and corrects bite issues using a different method than traditional braces. While traditional braces use non-removable metal brackets and wires to move the teeth, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays. Patients remove the trays to clean their teeth and eat, allowing for superior ease of use and effective results.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants permanently replace a missing tooth by surgically placing a replacement root and tooth. The implant sits in the jawbone, which grows around it to anchor it into place. Implants stand alone and do not require the surrounding teeth to stay in place, making them one of the best options for teeth replacement.
  • Bonding: Dental bonding uses composite resin materials molded directly onto the teeth to change their appearance. This procedure takes just minutes and can subtly change a tooth to fit better into your smile.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling in Wheaton, IL. Call (630) 653-9002 to schedule your appointment with your cosmetic dentist today!

By Dr. David L. Carlson
May 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Make sure your dental veneers last as long as possible by properly caring for them.veneers

Dental veneers are transforming smiles all over Wheaton, IL, and you could be next. This amazing cosmetic treatment offered by our dentists Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling is a fast, painless and effective way to get that perfect smile. Of course, once you finally get your new restorations you’ll want to do whatever you possibly can to ensure that they last. Here are some tips on how to care for your new porcelain veneers.

Keep Your New Teeth Clean

It’s just as important for you to maintain good oral hygiene once you have your veneers as it was before you got them. This means making sure that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar, the leading causes of gum disease and decay. If you don’t give your teeth the proper care they deserve you could end up dealing with problems down the road, which could greatly impact not just the health of your teeth but also your veneers.

Use the Right Tools for the Job

While most people assume that all toothpastes are created equally it’s important to note that some toothpastes may contain ingredients that are too harsh for your porcelain veneers. Avoid whitening toothpastes or toothpastes that contain abrasive ingredients like baking soda or hydrogen peroxide, which can wear away at your new restorations. Also, make sure to always use a soft-bristled toothbrush every time you brush to avoid excessive wear and tear.

Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools

If you are someone who immediately uses their teeth to tear open plastic packaging then this is a habit you better cut out if you want to maintain your dental veneers. Your teeth should only be used for chewing food. If you use them as tools you risk breaking, fracturing or pulling them off.

Stop Teeth Grinding

Are you someone who grinds their teeth at night? If so, then you could risk damaging your veneers or affecting their lifespan. To combat this, our Wheaton, IL, general dentist can make a custom nightguard for you to wear over your teeth when you sleep to prevent excessive wear and tear on your new smile.

Get Routine Dental Checkups

Even though your veneers themselves cannot develop decay they are still prone to damage. We will also want to check to make sure that your oral health is up to par and that if decay or gum disease is present that it’s treated as soon as possible to prevent more serious complications. We can also check the health and integrity of the veneers whenever you come in.

Do you have questions about caring for your veneers? Are you interested in getting dental veneers in Wheaton, IL? If so, then don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and gives us a call. We are here to help you get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.