Dental veneers

Are our Wheaton dental veneers right for you?

Dental veneers are a great solution for anyone looking for a quick way to improve your look.  Whether you are looking for an entire smile make-over or just looking to fix one or two odd shaped or colored teeth, dental veneers are what you are looking for.  A composite veneer can be helpful for one or two teeth but for more than that porcelain veneers are typically the way to go.  This minimally invasive technique is a wonderful way to brighten your smile and improve any minor imperfections.  Once placed, you will be pleased to see that dental veneers look and feel like natural teeth and resist staining.

dental veneers

Dr. Bryan Bauer will explain the entire process in detail and show you what you can expect to look like when done.  As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, by far the largest and most respected cosmetic organization, Dr. Bauer has been specially trained to provide you with the utmost esthetic results possible with veneers.  Although newer ceramics do allow for a no prep (tooth not cut) veneer, most veneers are typically an irreversible procedure and do require some tooth modification.  Is the no prep veneer right for you? How white can you go? Do you want a more natural look or do you want people to notice?  Call today for a free consult to ask Dr. Bauer all of these questions and more.  Together we will determine what the most esthetic option is for you.

What are dental veneers?

Are porcelain dental veneers the right choice for you?

Without seeing you, no cosmetic dentist can say for sure. This is why we offer the FREE cosmetic consult, but most likely if you are wishing to improve your smile at least some teeth will have veneers.  Even people missing some front teeth may end up with veneers on the teeth that are not missing.  The first step to any veneer consult will always be to ensure that your mouth is clear of infection and your mouth, teeth, and gums are healthy.

porcelain dental veneers

Dental veneer vs crown

This will depend primarily on how much tooth destruction you already have.  If there are large fillings then you may need a crown.  If there is an existing crown that needs replacing, then a dental veneer is impossible and you must have a crown.  Most well trained cosmetic dentists would never intentionally remove more enamel than needed as the success rate of a dental veneer is heavily dependent on how much enamel is left (source).  Unless a crown is already existing, Dr. Bauer doesn’t do traditional crowns for esthetics.  If we must do a crown due to old fillings, we will do a 3/4 crown or an extended veneer.  Basically we remove as little as we must to ensure the new veneer will seat.

Below is a case with veneers and crowns together.  This one was interesting because she originally wanted to save her front two natural teeth and although the result of that looked excellent she loved the veneers so much she opted to treat the front two as well.  Case is here.

life like dental veneers

What about missing teeth that need a bridge?  Can veneers still be made?

Some veneer cases will include not just dental crowns but dental bridges as well.  In the smile design shown below, three front teeth are actually missing.  We completed the smile design with a combination of dental crowns, dental bridges, and dental veneers.

glen ellyn dental veneers

Dental veneer vs bonding

Bonding can be a great option for some people.  Some examples of bonded composite veneers can be found here.  I will often use this when only one or two teeth are needed to be improved.  I have done this with more teeth but 4 teeth is usually the limit.  The amount of time it takes to do this well, starts to become very tiring for the patient.

Prepless or no-prep veneers?  Most likely it’s really minimal prep veneers

True prepless veneer cases are extremely rare if you want something that looks nice.  I’ll typically do at least a minor adjustment somewhere to improve the function and look of your veneers.  This was an example of a minimal prep veneer.

no prep dental veneers

How important is the dental lab technician when fabricating your dental veneers?

While most would argue that creating a beautiful dental veneer is a collaborative process, we believe the dental technician is the true artist.  We feel the dentist is preparing the canvas, but the technician is the one creating the art.  The job of the cosmetic dentist is to prepare the teeth so that the technician is capable of providing a beautiful result and judging the quality of the work the technician provides.  Just like any form of art, not all who pick up the brush will have the same result.  Years of careful and meticulous training and attention to detail are important but there is some internal aspect that allows some individuals to be exceptional.

Finding the exceptional, artistic individuals is our job.  We have spent a lot of time scouring the country looking for just the right people to work with.  The thing we think separates our work from many other less lifelike veneers is the secondary and tertiary anatomy.  These aren’t captured well in most photos but photos taken from different angles and different lighting can capture it.

wheaton dental veneers

On the central incisors, the front two teeth, you can see the secondary anatomy. This is what reflects the light in the proper directions and makes a dental veneer appear more life-like. This is the same smile as the photo right above where we replaced just the front four teeth with dental veneers.

What are the steps to get Wheaton Dental Veneers?

First off, you will always have something that will look nice.  Never during your treatment will you be toothless or have gaps or missing areas.

Step 1a – Prior to receiving your smile enhancement with veneers you will be able to approve multiple versions of your new smile with us.  For instance, we can make a computer image of your new smile.

dental veneer workup

Step 1b – You can wear un-cemented temporary versions of your veneers for a few weeks, like this

temporary dental veneers

Next is when we actually must prepare the teeth for the veneers.

Step 2 – You will have bonded temporary Wheaton dental veneers to try out while the lab is working on making your final ones.

Step 3 – The last step is to try in the final veneers.  We take photos and blow them up on my computer monitor and several key people in our office critique them.  It is common for you to love your dental veneers as soon as tried on and want to keep them.  However, we tell all our patients that Dr. Bauer makes the final decision as to whether they are perfect yet or they must go back to have some minor changes made.  About half the time there are some minor tweaks that Dr. Bauer wants made.  After both you and Dr. Bauer have discussed all the fine tuning that you want and we see and have fixed it all we bond your veneers in.

Finally, you are done and the last step is just tweaking and minor adjustments.

Step 4 – Follow up and fine tuning.  Once the veneers are seated we take an impression to make you a night guard to protect your smile investment.  We have you return in a week or two and will do any minor adjustments to the bite at that time.

Not everyone will need all of these steps.  It will vary based on what your smile currently looks like and what you want it to look like.  To give you an idea, here are two different examples of how you can do a “trial smile” before getting your final veneers.

Before and after photos dental veneers

In this smile we went straight to the cemented temporary version

dental veneers before and after

In this smile she wore the un-cemented temporary smile for a few weeks first.

 

Before and after Wheaton dental veneers

How long does a dental veneer last?

If we can prepare veneer in all enamel, the survival rate at 10 years is 95% source.   To find out how long your dental veneer might last check out my blog.

How much do Wheaton dental veneers cost?

Our fee for a porcelain dental veneer is around $1500 per tooth (2016).  It drops if you do 8 or more teeth.  Therefore veneers cost less per tooth as you do more of them, at least in out office.

Can you floss in-between a dental veneer and another tooth or another dental veneer?

Yes!  One thing we do when you get your Wheaton dental veneers is check to ensure all of the cement is cleaned up around them .  To check this in-between the teeth, flossing is one of the first things we do.  The floss should snap through and flow through nice and smoothly.  The floss should not get caught on the edges of the veneer or excess cement as this will increase the likelihood of getting decay around your veneer.  A veneer will floss the same as a well made crown.

If Wheaton dental veneers are something that interest you, please give us a call for your free consult and we can discuss your options!  We will let you know exactly what your veneers cost will be.