Veneers – Schaumburg, IL

Correcting Multiple Cosmetic Dental Flaws at Once

Smiling man and woman with dental veneers in Schaumburg

Are you bothered by tooth chips, stains, noticeable spaces, or slightly crooked teeth whenever you see your smile? It might seem like you’ll need to undergo multiple cosmetic dental treatments to address all of these flaws, but in many cases, it will only take one. With the help of dental veneers in Schaumburg, Dr. Dabah can enhance multiple aspects of your grin in just two appointments! To learn more about veneers and the benefits they have to offer, give our dental office a call today.

What Are Dental Veneers?

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A veneer is a very thin shell made to cover the front of your tooth. It can be carefully personalized so that it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your grin. Thanks to veneers, it’s possible to address a variety of cosmetic dental issues with a single treatment. The number of veneers you get will depend on your situation; some people just have one veneer placed to correct flaws on a specific tooth, but others might need multiple veneers to make improvements to all of their visible teeth.

The Veneers Procedure

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Receiving dental veneers is usually a multi-step process that involves at least three dental office visits to complete. During the initial consultation, Dr. Dabah will perform a full examination and evaluate your teeth to ensure you are a candidate for veneers. On your next visit, he will begin the process by removing approximately half a millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface; this is roughly the same thickness as the veneer. Then Dr. Dabah will take an impression of your teeth, which is used to create the veneer.

Once the veneer is fabricated, it is ready to be bonded onto the tooth. Once Dr. Dabah has determined that the finished veneer’s shape and shade are correct, the veneer is ready to be bonded into place. However, before this happens, Dr. Dabah will apply a gel to the tooth to create a rough surface that the veneer can bond to. He will then apply the bonding agent and place the veneer.

The Benefits of Veneers

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There are several reasons why veneers are such a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment:

  • They’re extremely versatile and can be used to address multiple flaws simultaneously.
  • The materials used to make veneers give them a very lifelike appearance.
  • When veneers are made out of porcelain, they are highly stain-resistant, meaning they won’t be discolored as easily as your natural teeth.
  • Regular brushing and flossing (along with routine dental appointments) are typically all it takes to maintain your veneers; there’s no need for any special kind of care.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

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Before you schedule an appointment, you might want to know how much veneers cost. However, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to the price; we need to complete a comprehensive exam in order to give you an accurate answer. We can, however, provide you with some helpful information on the topic in this next section, including how to make your smile transformation more affordable.

Cost vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: What's Right For Me?

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  • Braces – At the Smile Standard, we can address minor cases of malocclusion with ClearCorrect clear aligners or veneers. Both usually require a higher upfront investment, but the results can also last for a lifetime. One unique benefit of veneers over this discreet orthodontic treatment is that they can address multiple imperfections at once, including noticeable chips and significant stains.
  • Teeth Whitening – Typically, professional teeth whitening is more mid-range in terms of cost. Of course, that doesn’t mean that veneers aren’t worth the investment. After all, the results last significantly longer, they can improve more than just the shade of your teeth, and they can conceal even permanent discoloration.
  • Dental Bonding – Dental bonding is known for being one of the most affordable cosmetic dental treatments. The only “downside” when compared to veneers is that it doesn’t last as long. Plus, there are some cases where veneers are the only option. Rest assured, we will review the cost of each and the benefits of each so you can decide confidently which smile-enhancing service is best for you.
  • Veneers – We’ve shared many of the benefits of veneers in this section already. Simply put, if you are interested in enhancing multiple aspects of your smile at once and you want the results to last for a decade or more, it’s worth investing in this cosmetic dental service.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

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If you’ve decided that veneers are the best treatment for you, but you’re a bit concerned about the cost, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Schaumburg dental team. We offer several financial solutions, including an in-house membership plan that comes with a 15% discount on some of the services completed at our office. We also offer periodic specials and welcome flexible financing with CareCredit. In short, there are several ways we can make your smile transformation more affordable, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have on the topic!

Veneer FAQs

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?

There are certain foods you should avoid to keep your teeth healthy and your veneers pristine, like sour gummy candies. It’s also a good idea to exercise caution with tortilla chips, raw nuts, popcorn, and other crunchy foods since they can result in a considerable chip. Basically, it’s best to focus on eating a well-balanced diet that’s filled with lots of smile-friendly foods, like plain yogurt, fresh fruit, and oatmeal.

Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?

Speaking of what you should and shouldn’t consume with veneers, many patients are curious if they will have to give up their morning or afternoon cup of coffee. Since they are crafted from stain-resistant materials like porcelain, the answer is “no!” Of course, it’s still a good idea to use a straw so your smile stays nice, bright, and uniform.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

The lifespan of your veneers depends largely on how well you care for your smile. If you smoke, bite your nails, and fill your meals with sugary foods, then there’s a good chance that they’ll chip, crack, or completely fall off. If, on the other hand, you brush and floss consistently, avoid unhealthy dental habits, and come in every six months for a checkup and cleaning, they can last for a decade or more! In fact, one study by Beier found that 94% lasted 10 years and 83% lasted for 20 years.

Is It Painful to Get Veneers?

During the preparation process, we will numb the area of your mouth we’re working on so you don’t feel any discomfort. During the healing period, we will provide you with aftercare instructions to prevent any soreness, including bonding sensitivity, like avoiding extremely hot foods and taking OTC pain medication as directed. In other words, our Schaumburg dental team will do everything in our power to ensure the process of enhancing your smile is as smooth and pain-free as possible.

Do Veneers Feel Like Real Teeth?

Since veneers are custom-made for each patient and crafted from smooth, high-quality dental materials, they will feel like real teeth. They also won’t irritate your gums or feel odd when your tongue brushes against them, making them feel even more natural.

How Many Veneers Will I Need?

In some cases, we can transform a patient’s grin and confidence with just one or two veneers. Other times, we need upwards of 12 veneers! In short, we’ll only have an answer for you once we have an understanding of what you’d like to change about your smile and what your dream smile looks like.