What Are Veneers Made Of?
Porcelain veneers are built out of advanced ceramic material, and are designed to fit perfectly over your existing teeth, replacing the exterior chewing surfaces. By doing so, porcelain veneers can treat almost any cosmetic flaw, and provide you with a bright and beautiful smile.
What is the Veneers Placement Process Like?
The veneer placement process usually only takes two appointments at our office, over a period of 2-3 weeks. During your first appointment, Dr. Fischl will clean and numb your mouth, then remove an extremely thin layer of enamel. The amount of enamel removed is equal in thickness to the veneers that will be placed on your teeth. This is done to ensure that the veneers fit seamlessly over your teeth and look completely natural.
Then, we will take images of your mouth and dental impressions. Over the next 2-3 weeks, we will work with a third-party dental lab to create a set of veneers that look natural, and fit into your mouth perfectly. In the meantime, you’ll be sent home with a temporary set of veneers. Once your permanent set arrives, you’ll come back to our office to have them permanently affixed.
During your second appointment, we will check the fit and finish of your veneers and make minor adjustments, if necessary. Then, Dr. Fischl will bond your veneers into place permanently using dental cement. Next, they’re buffed and polished for a bright shine and a smooth, natural finish.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers have a number of different benefits. First, veneers look and feel completely natural. They are indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and nobody will be able to tell that you have had cosmetic dental work done. Veneers also do not require any special care. Simply brush and floss properly, and see us for your regular six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam.
- Natural look and feel – First, veneers look and feel completely natural. They are indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and nobody will be able to tell that you have had cosmetic dental work done.
- No special care required – Veneers do not require any special care. Simply brush and floss properly, and see us for your regular six-month cleaning and oral exam.
- Non-invasive – Veneers are also non-invasive. Only a very small amount of enamel is removed, and there is no need for any type of oral surgery, making this an ideal option if you have dental anxiety or simply do not like the idea of invasive treatment with drills or needles.
- Fast and easy – Since the entire process takes just two short appointments over a few weeks, it’s easy to get the smile you’ve always wanted, without the wait.
Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
To be a good candidate for porcelain veneers, you should have a relatively healthy mouth and be free of any serious issues like tooth decay or gum disease. These conditions must be resolved before cosmetic treatment can begin.
You must also have a healthy jaw position, and be free of any major orthodontic issues like severely crooked or rotated teeth. Porcelain veneers can be used to solve issues like gaps in your smile, but are not intended to be orthodontic. They will not be able to correct major issues like a malpositioned jaw or an overbite/underbite. If you have orthodontic issues, Dr. Fischl may recommend Invisalign® or braces before you get treatment with veneers.
Ideally, you should also be a non-smoker. While porcelain will not stain due to smoking, the surrounding teeth and the material used to attach the veneers to your teeth can become stained due to tobacco use, which will ruin your new smile.
Teeth grinding should also be under control if you are considering veneers. If you grind your teeth, you could crack your veneer or knock it out of position. A night guard will protect your teeth while you sleep if you have bruxism or a grinding issue.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers is to contact Fischl Dental Associates. During your consultation, we’ll examine your mouth to determine if veneers are right for you, and we’ll go over all of your options.
Porcelain Veneers Vs. Cosmetic Crowns
Porcelain veneers are intended to only be a cosmetic treatment, while cosmetic crowns are a restorative treatment. Veneers cover up the front of your tooth to restore the aesthetics of your smile. This means that veneers do not protect the structure of your tooth from damage or decay.
Cosmetic crowns are also made of porcelain, but they are designed to cover up and protect the entire surface of your tooth and protect the remaining tooth structure. This means they are stronger and more durable than veneers and are more suitable for restoring cracked or damaged teeth. Depending on the condition of your mouth, a combination of both porcelain veneers and cosmetic crowns may be recommended to restore your smile.
Porcelain Veneers In Evanston
Veneers are also non-invasive. Only a very small amount of enamel is removed, and there is no need for any type of oral surgery, making this an ideal option if you have dental anxiety, or simply do not like the idea of cosmetic dental surgery. Since the entire process takes just two short appointments over a few weeks, it’s easy to get the smile you’ve always wanted, without the wait.
Ready to get started with veneers? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Fischl or Dr. Marie Bradley Fischl today. You can give us a call at (847) 448-1684 to make an appointment.