What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers in Downers GrovePorcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are a tooth-colored shell that attaches to the front surface of your teeth. They made from porcelain or resin composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.

Veneers can be used to treat different cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, and discolored teeth. If a tooth is broken or chipped, you may need only one veneer, but many people get between six to eight veneers to create an even, symmetrical smile.

Porcelain veneers are also a good choice for fractured teeth or gaps between teeth. Your dentist may also recommend porcelain veneers to fix minor overlaps, small gaps, and minor twists in the teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you may also be fitted for a nighttime bite guard to avoid damaging your veneers.

Veneers can also be a successful option for fixing teeth that have developed poor color, shape, and contours. It can also be a choice for people with superficial tooth stains that don’t respond to tooth whitening or bleaching procedures.

If you are not happy with the look of your teeth, porcelain veneers may be an option for you. Porcelain veneers look like natural teeth. It is almost impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Veneers resist most stains such as coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke.


Types of Veneers

Porcelain veneers (dental veneers) are the most common type. Applying porcelain veneers involves grinding down the tooth and sometimes removing part of the tooth. This will allow for proper placement.

Lumineers and Vivaneeres, also known as No-prep veneers, take less time and are less invasive to apply. They may require some minimal tooth preparation or alteration. Instead of removing layers of the tooth under the enamel, no-prep veneers only affect the enamel.


Maintaining porcelain veneers is simple. You should treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing.

Veneers are not the same as dental implants or dental crowns. Veneers cover the front surface of the tooth. Implants replace the entire tooth. Crowns encase the entire tooth, while veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth.

If you would like more information about veneers, call Webster Dental at 630.883.0554. Webster Dental is located in the heart of Downers Grove at 1121 Warren Ave, Suite 130.

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