Porcelain Veneers Can Create a Beautiful, Symmetrical Smile

Dr. Robert W. Hessberger can help you achieve your aesthetic goals with custom-made porcelain veneers at our dental practice in Chicago, IL. Porcelain veneers can conceal dental blemishes allowing you to achieve a beautiful, symmetrical smile. This popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can be used to mask a number of cosmetic concerns such as chipped, crooked, or severely stained teeth. Our team is committed to applying the latest dental practices and outstanding customer care in order to provide high-quality, lasting solutions. Each veneer is fabricated in our state-of-the-art partner lab to ensure a seamless fit.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that fit over the front of teeth to cover cosmetic blemishes, such as cracks, dental misalignment, and discoloration. Made from durable and realistic-looking medical grade ceramic, porcelain veneers are designed to match the natural shape and size of your teeth and reflect light much like natural tooth enamel. When veneers are properly cared for, they can last for up to 20 years.

Illustration of porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells, which are bonded to the surface of teeth to mask imperfections beneath.

Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers can address a variety of issues, including:

  • Intrinsic dental stains unable to be treated with teeth whitening
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked or overlapping teeth
  • Short and stubby teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

Veneers can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and zirconia. For a more cost-effective solution, composite resin may also be used to conceal cosmetic blemishes. 

What to Expect during the Procedure

During your initial consultation, Dr. Hessberger will perform a thorough evaluation of your smile to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough to undergo this cosmetic treatment. He will also review the costs involved with the procedure. If the doctor detects any signs of tooth decay during his examination, he will first need to treat it with a tooth-colored filling or another restorative treatment. Covering unhealthy teeth with porcelain veneers will only lead to further oral health issues such as gum disease and tooth loss.

The process of receiving porcelain veneers generally requires two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Hessberger will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. Because porcelain veneers require sufficient enamel to securely bond, you may not qualify for this procedure if you do not have enough tooth enamel. Once your teeth have been prepared, Dr. Hessberger or a member of our staff will take impressions of your smile and create a wax mock-up of your smile for our off-site dental lab to use to design your customized veneers. This also allows you to preview your new smile and make any necessary changes before your restorations are crafted. Dr. Hessberger can place temporary veneers over your teeth while you wait for your veneers to be designed.

In approximately two weeks, you can return to our office for your follow-up appointment, and Dr. Hessberger will check that the veneers fit properly before permanently bonding them to your teeth. If no changes are required, he will place an etching solution over the surface of your teeth and then securely bond them with them dental cement.

Porcelain veneers can conceal dental blemishes allowing you to achieve a beautiful, symmetrical smile. This popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can be used to mask a number of cosmetic concerns such as chipped, crooked, or severely stained teeth.

Caring For Your Porcelain Veneers

To prolong the results of your veneers, it is imperative that you care for your smile much like you would your natural teeth. Following a healthy oral hygiene regimen that consists of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with an approved mouthwash can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. In addition, it is important to visit Dr. Hessberger every six months for a routine examination so he can monitor your veneers for any wear and tear.

Other ways to protect your veneers from damage can include:

  • Avoid biting your nails or chewing on hard items (pen caps, ice, etc.)
  • Avoid opening items with your teeth
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid food and drinks that may cause rapid staining (coffee, tea, red wine)

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Patients who choose to enhance their smile with porcelain veneers are able to enjoy a completely transformed smile. The benefits include:

  • Lasting, natural-looking results
  • Straighter teeth
  • More balanced and brighter smile
  • Increased self-confidence

Conceal Damaged Teeth with Dazzling Veneers

If you are interested in transforming your smile with porcelain veneers, contact our office online today or call (773) 792-5562 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hessberger. He can perform an examination and determine whether these natural-looking restorations would benefit you. 

Robert W. Hessberger, DDS

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