Learn About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers by Kopp Dental And Associates In Chicago / Elmhurst IL are actually very thin pieces of porcelain that are used to imitate the natural beauty of your real teeth, but also provide extra strength and resilience comparable to tooth enamel.

Whys Choose Cosmetic Veneers?

Multiple thin layers of ceramic material or porcelain actually serve to replace the original enamel and are applied by an adhesive layer so that they stick in place. To install a veneer, Dr. Kopp or one of our other Chicago prosthodontists need to remove a thin layer of your natural enamel which is typically less than one millimeter. If this layer is not removed, it wouldn’t leave room for the veneer and cause a very odd look to your smile because your teeth would appear too large. Shaving down the tooth a bit also is essential because it restores the natural tooth function and you won’t have a hard time adjusting to chewing.

In order for the veneer to function properly during chewing or even talking, our dentists and prosthodontists need to make sure the tooth bonding between the cosmetic veneers and the original tooth are extremely strong. We do this by applying a light-sensitive resin and then harden the resin through the use of an ultraviolet curing light. The light is placed inside the mouth for a few minutes while the resin cures. Once the tooth is cured, the bond should not fail.

 

Veneers Enhance Your Appearance

Some people choose porcelain veneers in Chicago because their natural teeth might have discolored areas that are stained or have developed a dull yellow color, shape, or contour. If you are a person that has a chipped tooth from a fall or accident, you are probably a good candidate for veneers as well. Many people that were born with gaps or teeth that have been compromised due to bite problems also choose veneers because they are a quick solution to an unsightly problem. One of the first steps to take if you have a staining issue though is to try tooth whitening or bleaching which we offer at Kopp Dental in Elmhurst for a very competitive price. If that procedure does not help, you can always set up a consultation with Dr. Kevin Kopp or one of our other Chicago Prosthodontists.

Veneer Consultation

Visiting a board certified prosthodontist and asking about veneers is the first step in determining if porcelain veneers are the right option for you, or if there are alternate solutions available. Kopp Dental has multiple prosthodontists on staff so it will be very easy for you to set up a meeting with a veneers specialist. Communication with your prosthodontist about what you want correcting visually and aesthetically is an important step to make sure you are happy with the end results. Please spend time and be honest about your expectations and what will really make you happy. Each veneers case is different as each person has a different set of teeth and what we can accomplish with those teeth.

Many people see celebrities with their bright shiny smile and that’s the look they are going for, but it is also important to know that each mouth is different and we need to make sure expectations are clearly met before the procedure.

The first step our prosthodontist will do is a smile analysis to figure out a game plan for the procedure you wish to be done. They also might create a type of mockup where you can try on some example veneers so you can get an idea of what a full set might look like. Many people think they want really bright white veneers, but after trying on the set, they choose a more natural tone as the bright white may look to “fake”. One important step to make sure you get through is called cosmetic imaging and in this step, we are showing you what your smile will look like after the veneers are installed on your teeth. Cosmetic veneers are very exciting and in this stage, we usually see people smile from ear to ear with happiness.

Minimum Preparation Veneers

You may be looking around for low-cost veneers and have come across other dentists performing cosmetic veneers that do not include a dental bonding chicago process but be aware that this treatment option is not appropriate for everyone. Just as with porcelain veneers, “no-prep” or minimal preparation veneers— so called because they typically don’t require the dentist to remove as much tooth material—are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Often, the placement of no-prep veneers can be done more quickly and with less discomfort than traditional veneers. Our Kopp Dental prosthodontists will let you know if you are a good candidate for minimal preparation or “no-prep” veneers and if this option makes a sensible treatment plan.

 The Benefits of Veneers

Kopp Dental has years and years of experience with cosmetic porcelain veneers which means our prosthodontists can make the veneers virtually impossible to tell the difference between your natural teeth. One of the beauties behind veneers is that they resist staining from coffee, fruit, juice, cigarette smoke, and tea because they are always made of high tech ceramic material. The pores in the material are extremely small unlike the pores on your natural enamel. When you choose to get veneers, your original teeth are mainly intact.

For teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white.

Dentists may also recommend veneers to quickly fix minor twists, overlaps, and small gaps.

Downsides Of Cosmetic Bonding And Veneers

Since you are getting a small portion of your tooth shaved down, the treatment cannot be reversed because of the risks of infection and fact that your teeth would be too frail to function when you bite. Kopp Dental can make adjustments throughout your life, but the original condition of your teeth cannot be restored. This is not a huge problem for most but can be a mentally difficult decision for some. Kopp Dental just wants to make sure you know what you are getting into so you are completely comfortable and satisfied with your decision.

If you are interested in enhancing your appearance through cosmetic bonding or with porcelain veneers, please set up a consultation with one of our board certified prosthodontists in Chicago and we will be happy to sit with you t review your wants and needs. Thanks for choosing us for all your cosmetic dental work!

Kopp Dental

188 North York Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126

(630) 941-8398

How Veneers Work Infographic

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