White Dental Studio: Porcelain Veneers

If your teeth are badly stained, shaped or crooked – your smile may benefit from having veneers placed onto the surface of the affected teeth. Dr. Petar S Tofovic – is a leading specialist for veneers in the Chicago area – and an expert at improving teeth through the use of porcelain veneers.

Why veneers? With porcelain veneers you can mask tooth defects like stains caused by tetracycline, an injured tooth or other defects that result from such procedures as a root-canal. Veneers are ideal for masking discolored fillings found in the front of your mouth. Have a gap between your front teeth or a visibly chipped tooth? White Dental Studio’s Chicago Dental specialists can fix that too.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are simply thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that is cemented over the front of your teeth in order to change their color or shape. Porcelain veneers are primarily used on teeth with uneven surfaces or that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked.

At our Chicago veneers suite, the procedure for implementing the porcelain veneers is simple. In fact, little anesthesia is needed. The advantages of veneers are that they have longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding and are highly resistant to the permanent staining that can be caused by coffee, tea and cigarette smoking.

White Dental Studio Veneers: The Process

Typically, it takes three appointments for a veneer restoration. The first appointment is dedicated to diagnosis and treatment planning. The second is to prepare for the procedure. And the final is to complete the bonding of the veneers.

During the preparation visit, which usually last two to three hours, your teeth will be lightly buffed in order to make room for the slight additional thickness added by the porcelain veneers. Typically, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed. Depending on the individual, this may require a local anesthetic. It is also during this first visit that a mold of your teeth is taken and sent to our master technician for the creation of the porcelain veneers.

During your third visit, which also last about two hours, the veneers are placed onto the teeth using water or glycerine in order to ensure they fit and to get a sense of the shade and color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, your dentist will adjust them with various shades of cement in order to match the color of your teeth.