For front teeth with more serious cracks, chips, or misalignment than can be covered by dental bonding, Dr. Kohler provides porcelain veneers at our Wilmette practice. These perfectly-shaped and colored strips are made from the most modern ceramics available and are permanently bonded to the teeth to create a bright, uniform smile.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
Our practice offers two type of veneers: traditional and prepless. Prepless veneers preserve a greater amount of natural tooth than traditional veneers. Dr. Kohler uses the Thinnovation® method of veneer creation and application, which results in a more natural, less bulky smile than prepless veneer treatments of the past.
Traditional veneers differ in the way a patient’s natural teeth are prepared. During the preparation process, a larger amount of the tooth’s structure is removed (roughly the width of a contact lens).
Both traditional and prepless veneers can be applied in several visits to our office. During an initial consultation, Dr. Kohler will help you decide which type of veneer is best for your lifestyle and aesthetic goals. At your next appointment, he will prepare your teeth and take dental impressions to send to his laboratory. You will wear temporary veneers while a ceramist expertly handcrafts your new veneers. In about two or three weeks, you will return to have them placed. Dr. Kohler will carefully check each veneer to ensure that it fits naturally and does not obstruct your bite pattern.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution to improve the look of:
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Slightly chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Small or worn teeth
- Irregularly-shaped teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
It is important for candidates to remember that porcelain veneers cover, rather than correct, imperfections. Many of our patients choose to combine teeth whitening or gum reshaping with porcelain veneers to achieve the best possible results.
The most important factor that will determine your eligibility for veneers is the state of your oral health. Any infection or gum disease will first need to be addressed before cosmetic treatment can begin. Other factors that may make you ineligible for veneers include sustained enamel erosion (since some enamel needs to be removed to make room for the veneer) and cavities or fillings (teeth may be too weak to support veneers).
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