Dental Veneers in Oak Park, IL

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells typically made of porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made and bonded to the front surface of teeth and are used to improve the appearance of teeth by covering up stains, chips, and misalignments. 

How Do Veneers Work?

Dental veneers adhere thin shells, usually made of porcelain or composite resin, to the front surface of your teeth. This process involves removing a small amount of enamel to create space for your veneers, which then effectively conceal imperfections like discoloration and chips.

Am I A Good Candidate For Veneers?

Patients with generally healthy teeth who are seeking cosmetic solutions to things like discoloration and chipped or misaligned teeth are often good candidates for veneers. It’s important to consult with your dentist to evaluate your oral health and discuss your candidacy. 

The Dental Veneer Procedure

 The procedure to apply dental veneers involves several steps. First, a small amount of enamel is removed from your teeth to create space for your new veneers. Then, impressions are taken, and custom-made veneers are fabricated. Finally, your veneers are bonded to your teeth using dental cement.

Our Dental Veneers in oak park, IL

Teeth that are badly stained, shaped, or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.


Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.


Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Veneers are usually irreversible because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.


Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.


Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.


During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken from the teeth and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.


During the final “bonding” visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.


During two weeks of adjustment that follow, you may notice a change in the size and shape of your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.


For certain patients, no preparation of the teeth may be necessary. Please see our specialties page for more information on veneers in Oak Park, IL.


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