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Porcelain Veneers – Wheaton, IL

Covering Up Unsightly Tooth Imperfections

If chips, cracks, gaps between your teeth or minor misalignments are keeping you from the smile you’ve always dreamed of, let Dr. Kathy Lam, DDS, transform your smile with porcelain veneers in Wheaton. These thin, shell coverings hide your imperfections and provide a durable, long-lasting result. Plus, they are designed to create an aesthetically pleasing appearance that is natural. Porcelain veneers are custom-made, so you can expect Dr. Lam to sit down with you to discuss the overall look of the new smile you’ll receive in just two visits! If you’re ready to transform your smile, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

What is the Process of Getting Porcelain Veneers?

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In two simple appointments, you can have a brand new smile! How is this possible? Let us explain. First, your initial appointment will consist of a discussion between you and Dr. Lam about what you’re hoping to achieve with porcelain veneers. She will then remove a small portion of your tooth enamel to create an adequate amount of room for the veneer. She’ll take an impression of your bite and send it off to the lab to have your veneers created. During this time, you’ll be provided with a temporary set of veneers.

Once your permanent veneers arrive, you’ll return to have Dr. Lam put them in place.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

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If you’re struggling to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you, let us help by providing some great benefits to these unique coverings.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

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You don't have to be rich or famous to afford veneers because they can be a cost-effective solution. Many factors affect the cost of veneers, but Dr. Lam strives to keep a stunning smile affordable for everyone. She will help you choose the best option for your goals and budget.

Cost VS Cosmetic Dentistry: What's Right For Me?

There's no cookie-cutter treatment to create an attractive smile because every mouth is as unique as fingerprints. Dr. Lam will examine your mouth and learn more about your situation to determine which treatments are right for you, which may include:

Dr. Lam will help you make the best decision for your smile and will explain your treatment plan. A member of our team will review your estimate, so you'll know exactly how much you’ll have to pay before committing to anything.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

Our office offers many financial solutions to keep our services affordable. A member of your dental team will review all your payment options during your consultation, which includes:

If you have questions about your payment options, or you're ready to schedule your consultation, contact our office today.

Veneers FAQs

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So, you’re feeling curious about veneers? That’s only natural – these shells have the power to correct a wide range of smile flaws. Even so, you may want to learn more about them first. Doing so before treatment ensures you know what to expect. Luckily, we at Dr. Lam’s office want to help: below are the answers to some frequently asked veneer questions. By reading them, you’ll see how effective our restorations are. Otherwise, just call us for additional details you might need.

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What Happens to the Teeth Under Veneers?

Rest assured, the teeth under veneers are safe. The placement process isn’t harmful to your pearly whites. Furthermore, the bonding material used is non-toxic and has no side effects.

Admittedly, placing veneers does remove a bit of your tooth enamel. This step lets the ceramic layers fit onto your smile seamlessly. That said, treated teeth are protected by the veneer layer. They shouldn’t increase your risk of cavities.

To protect the teeth beneath veneers, remember to follow good oral habits. Namely, brush twice daily, floss once daily, and rinse with mouthwash often.

Are Veneers Permanent?

Unfortunately, no – veneers aren’t actually permanent. Even the longest-lasting ones have a limited lifespan. That said, their placement is considered irreversible.

You see, placing veneers requires that dentists remove bits of your enamel. This action helps the porcelain shells fit effectively over your smile. However, the removal is permanent – shaved enamel won’t grow back. As such, prepped teeth will always need crowns or veneers in the future. Anything less will leave them exposed to potential harm.

Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?

Indeed, some people do develop lisps soon after getting veneers. Such patients will have difficulties with pronouncing certain words, as well as ‘s’ and ‘v’ sounds.

One reason for this shift is your tongue’s muscle memory. Not being used to veneers’ presence, it’ll impulsively cause you to stumble over words. After all, you won’t have adjusted to the extra thickness  on your teeth yet.

Thankfully, a lisp is nothing to worry about. The effect itself is temporary and fades after a few days. As such, you’ll soon be speaking clearly in no time.

How Many Veneers Will I Need?

In the end, you can trust you’ll receive enough veneers for flawed teeth. Their number could be as low as one or as high as 12. The final tally, though, should be decided by a qualified dentist.

On average, a patient may only get 6 or 8 veneers to achieve a beautiful, symmetrical smile. Others might need several more for effective results. As such, remember to bring up the number issue during the initial consultation.

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