Achieve a Stunning Smile
It’s nearly impossible to prevent age-related wear and tear from diminishing your smile’s appearance. Teeth may appear stained or worn down, making it difficult to feel confident in your smile. If you’re looking for a convenient way to transform your smile, porcelain veneers may be the ideal solution for you.
At Contos Smile Center, our cosmetic dentist in Chicago, Dr. Peter Contos, is proud to offer this simple cosmetic dental treatment to patients looking to conceal cosmetic imperfections in their smiles. Read on to learn more about this treatment and see if you may benefit.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells affixed to the surfaces of your teeth to conceal minor cosmetic imperfections such as yellowed or chipped teeth. This restoration is both durable and long-lasting, having the potential to last up to 30 years with proper care and maintenance. Best of all, Dr. Contos can create your veneers to match your surrounding teeth for a seamless blend with your smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers come with several advantages that make them a popular choice for patients looking to transform their smiles. Some benefits of veneers include:
- Short and Minimally Invasive Procedure: Receiving veneers is a minimally invasive process that can be completed in as few as two visits to our Chicago dental office.
- Stain Resistance: Unlike natural teeth, veneers won’t become stained or discolored over time, making them ideal for patients looking to cover yellowed teeth.
- Natural Appearance: Dr. Contos will ensure your veneers match the shape, size, and color of your surrounding teeth for a natural and beautiful appearance.
Durable and Long-Lasting: Veneers are durable enough to withstand your daily activities, allowing you to smile, speak, and chew
- with confidence for up to 30 years.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Dr. Contos can use porcelain veneers to conceal several cosmetic imperfections that may be holding your smile back. He’ll likely recommend this treatment to patients whose teeth are:
- Unevenly spaced
- Stained or discolored
- Cracked, chipped, or broken
- Severely decayed
- Crooked or misaligned
Veneers aren’t a way to cover up serious oral health issues, however. Before receiving porcelain veneers, your Chicago, IL dentist will need to treat any existing gum disease, fill cavities, and cure any infections. Schedule an appointment at our dental office to learn if you’re an ideal candidate for veneers.
The Porcelain Veneers Process
You’ll first undergo an initial consultation with Dr. Contos at our Chicago office so he can determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. He’ll evaluate your teeth and oral health for any underlying problems that may complicate your veneer procedure.
Porcelain veneers may not be appropriate for patients who tend to grind or clench their teeth, as this may damage the veneers over time. In some cases, Dr. Contos will recommend a mouth guard to wear at night as a way to prevent chipping or friction that will wear away the surface.
Creating Your Veneers
Our Chicago cosmetic dentist will first administer a local anesthetic so your experience will be virtually painless. He’ll then prepare your teeth by shaving down a small portion of enamel to make room for the veneers.
After your teeth are prepped, our Chicago, IL cosmetic dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to a dental lab and used as a blueprint for creating your customized veneers. You’ll receive temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
Placing Your Veneers
You’ll return to our Chicago office once we receive your restorations from the dental lab. Dr. Contos will remove your temporary veneers and place a bonding agent over your teeth. He’ll then attach your permanent veneers, ensuring they fit comfortably and naturally. After your veneers are secured to your teeth, you’re free to leave our office with a beautiful, restored smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last between 10 and 30 years before needing to be replaced. This includes brushing once a day, flossing twice a day, and rinsing with mouthwash between meals. It’s also crucial to schedule biannual appointments at our Chicago office for routine dental exams and cleanings. This will ensure both your veneers and oral health are kept in good condition.
Receiving veneers is a virtually painless experience. Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Contos will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel a thing while he works.
You may experience mild discomfort following the procedure, but any pain can be managed using over-the-counter pain relievers and a cold compress. This pain should also subside after a few days.
If your veneer gets damaged or falls off, don’t attempt to fix or reattach it on your own. This may cause further damage and may even set your treatment back significantly. Instead, place the veneer in a small plastic bag and call our Chicago office right away at (773) 973-0531. Dr. Contos will assess your situation and repair or replace your veneer. Don’t forget to bring your veneer to your appointment.
Visit Our Chicago Cosmetic Dentist to Enhance Your Smile
Minor cosmetic imperfections in your smile can make it difficult to speak, smile, and chew with confidence. Porcelain veneers are a convenient and effective cosmetic dentistry treatment to conceal these imperfections and completely restore your smile.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Contos, call our Chicago office at (773) 973-0531. You can also request an appointment online by filling out our contact form. We welcome patients from Bucktown, Oak Park, and West Town, IL to transform their smiles.
We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service and quality to our patient community by cultivating strong relationships, communicating thoughtful treatment solutions, and providing an enjoyable atmosphere, we can empower our patients to take ownership of their oral health.
We are committed to researching and offering state-of-the-art dental solutions in order to deliver the most advanced treatment options to our patients.