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. Perfectly shaped and colored strips made from the most modern ceramics available. The next step is to bond them permanently to the teeth to create a bright, uniform smile.

The Porcelain Veneer Procedure

Our practice offers two types of veneers: traditional and prep-less. Prepless veneers preserve a greater amount of natural teeth than traditional veneers. Dr. Kohler uses the Thinnovation® method of veneer creation and application, which results in a more natural, less bulky smile than prep-less veneer treatments of the past.

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

However, 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 be addressed before cosmetic treatment can begin. In addition, 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).

Additionally, porcelain veneers are not a suitable substitute for restorative treatment. A broken or fractured tooth, for example, will typically require a crown to strengthen and protect it.