Answering Questions About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can be one of the most effective cosmetic dental treatments for patients with discolored and damaged teeth. Veneers are shell-like treatments that we bond to prepared teeth. We offer porcelain veneers in our Arlington Heights, IL office for patients who want to address one or all of the teeth in their smile line. If you are interested in dental veneers but want to know more before treatment, we welcome you to read answers to common questions patients have about veneer treatment.

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Q&A: Porcelain Veneers in Arlington Heights, IL

Learn more about dental veneers with answers to frequently asked questions:

Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers?

We will recommend veneers for patients whose teeth do not react to whitening treatments. Intrinsic stains, or stains caused within the tooth, will not react to active whitening ingredients. If patients have slightly crooked teeth and want straighter smiles without orthodontic treatment, we will also recommend veneers.

Veneers cover discoloration, slightly crooked teeth, tooth gaps, and even misshapen teeth. If you want to address any of these dental problems, we may recommend dental veneers.

Are porcelain veneers permanent?

Patients need to be committed to dental veneers because we need to remove part of the tooth enamel, or the outer layer of the tooth, before placing the veneers. This means that patients must want to cover their teeth with a cosmetic or restorative treatment. Veneers can last for 15 or more years with the right care.

Do porcelain veneers ruin teeth?

Veneers don’t “ruin” teeth. Dental veneers improve the smile’s appearance by brightening teeth and creating a more balanced smile. Ultimately, veneers can strengthen a damaged tooth and improve the appearance of the smile.

Does dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?

Unfortunately, insurance will not cover veneers in most cases. Since many are elective, restorative or cosmetic dental treatments may not be covered by insurance.

Can you whiten porcelain veneers?

No, you cannot whiten porcelain veneers. Because of their materials, veneers are color-matched to blend in with other natural teeth or create a seamless look in the smile line. We can replace old, discolored veneers as needed, but brushing, flossing, and caring for the veneers can keep them bright.

Can you get cavities with veneers?

The veneers themselves will not get cavities, but you can get cavities in your teeth behind your veneers. This is why it is so important to continue to brush and floss with veneers. A good oral hygiene routine can prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Do you want a brighter, straighter smile but don’t want to undergo teeth whitening or Invisalign treatment? Contact AH Smiles for dental veneer treatment today at (847) 230-9703. You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Brent Engelberg on our website.