Veneers Versus Whitening: Which One is for You?

ConfusedCertain dental situations require one obvious fix. Other issues might have multiple possible solutions that you can talk over with your dentist. If you have severe discolorations, you may be wondering whether whitening will be enough for you, or if you might want to opt for veneers on your most visible teeth. Having many cosmetic dental options is a blessing in this day and age. Your Skokie dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, is happy to help you figure out the best plan of action to achieve the smile of your dreams.

Teeth Whitening

The great thing about whitening your teeth is that it is a non-invasive and reasonably fast way to take years off of your appearance. A white smile gives you a youthful, vibrant look. Whitened teeth will increase your confidence and can even lead to more success in work and relationships. We can offer you two options: whitening in the office that is done by your Skokie dentist with bleaching gel and a laser light. You can also be fitted for an at-home whitening kit where you will use trays on a daily basis for two weeks or so to achieve dramatic brightening. Suppose you’ve tried this and haven’t had the desired results, however?

Porcelain Veneers

While more of a commitment than whitening, porcelain veneer procedures can be completed in as little as two appointments with Dr. Engelberg. Your cosmetic goals will be determined at your consultation. Color, shape, and any concerns you have will be addressed in advance. Your customized veneers will be fabricated by a highly skilled ceramist. When you come in for your next appointment, your teeth will be lightly shaved so that your new veneers will adhere strongly to teeth. When the bonding is complete, the veneers can be shaped for a flawless look. Beyond discolorations, veneers will cover over any flaws such as slight fractures, chips, gaps, or overlaps. (more…)

Should You Seek the Attention of a Cosmetic Dentist?

Nice Looking SmileAre you curious as to whether the flaws in your smile can be fixed? The good news is that just about any dental issue has a viable, natural solution in today’s world of modern dental technology. Years ago, you might have had to deal with wooden false teeth, or extractions with no anesthetic, just as you’d have to travel by horse-drawn carriage. If you wanted to wear porcelain veneers, you’d have to treat them more like false eyelashes, knowing that the adhesive would wear off in a matter of hours. If a strong but tooth-colored dental crown was your restoration of choice even in recent years, you’d have to deal with the fact that the porcelain-fused-to-metal would create a grey or black line, making your faux tooth obvious when you smiled. These and many other issues have been overcome in cosmetic dentistry. So, as your Libertyville cosmetic dentist will tell you, cosmetic dental procedures are for anyone that is unhappy with their smile.

Reasons for Seeking Cosmetic Dental Help

We see people who have a lifetime of wear, tear, and damage on teeth, and we also see people that have the tiniest chip that you can barely see. The point is not how much work needs to be done, but how you feel about the way your smile looks. Some of the most common reasons for going to the dentist would include:

  • Teeth that are too small or too large
  • Crooked and uneven teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Teeth which are pointy, overlapped, or jagged
  • Teeth with large gaps
  • Severe discoloration including a yellow or gray tinge (more…)

Vernon Hills Cosmetic Dentist Explains Strength of Porcelain Dental Crowns

Red Dress Happy WomanHow is it possible to make something as delicate as porcelain so strong that it can stand up to the daily wear and tear we put our teeth through? In the past, there were complaints of cracks and fractures in porcelain crowns. Any dental porcelain restorations were not guaranteed to last for a terribly long time, especially if you didn’t take care of your teeth following the procedure. This is why many people decided to stick with metal for their back teeth so that they could endure all of that regular pressure you put them through when you chew food. Your Vernon Hill cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will tell you more about the advances that allow him to offer patients the highest in quality dental crowns.

Pressed Porcelain

Along the road of dental innovations and research, it became clear that pressing porcelain rather than layering would result in a dramatically stronger crown. Even better was that this added strength came along with a better esthetic result as well. The material is heated until it reaches a consistency similar to honey. Crowns can then be pressed and/or sculpted into the desired shape and size by a skilled ceramist.

Top-of-the-Line (more…)

FAQs Regarding Porcelain Veneers

Happy CoupleThere was a time when there was no guessing when someone was sporting porcelain dental veneers. These days, they are among the most versatile cosmetic dental options which can provide natural and realistic alterations to a smile that you’re unhappy with. If you have multiple cosmetic issues on your most visible teeth – staining, cracks, chips, fractures, craze lines – whatever the problem, your Glencoe dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, can help you attain the smile of your dreams. Do you have questions? Read on to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental veneers.

FAQs on Porcelain Veneers

Q1. How long will it take from start to finish to complete my porcelain veneers procedure? (more…)