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Veneers Specialist

Global Facial Aesthetics

Cosmetic Dentists & Implant Specialist located in River Forest, IL

If you have damaged, stained, or unusually shaped teeth, veneers can transform your smile. At Global Facial Aesthetics, Gary Alder, DDS, FAGD, DAAPM, and Irene Skirius, DDS, boast years of experience designing and placing dental veneers. To make an appointment at the practice in River Forest, Illinois, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.

Veneers Q&A

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of ceramic or porcelain that bond to your natural teeth. They mask minor cosmetic imperfections and improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. 

If you have a chipped or discolored tooth, your provider can apply a single veneer, but the team typically recommends six and eight, ensuring your teeth appear balanced and symmetrical. 

What types of issues can veneers cover up?

Global Facial Aesthetics uses veneers to cover mild or moderate cosmetic imperfections, including:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Pointy or unusually shaped teeth
  • Smaller-than-average teeth
  • Discoloration or stains that won’t respond to teeth whitening

You might also benefit from veneers if you have gaps between your teeth.

What does getting veneers involve?

At Global Facial Aesthetics, getting veneers takes two appointments:

First appointment

First, your provider conducts an oral exam and asks about your goals for treatment. Then, they take oral X-rays with the cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine to assess the condition of your teeth. 

If everything appears healthy, they administer a local anesthetic and prepare your teeth to receive veneers by removing a thin layer of enamel from each tooth. After preparing your teeth, they take digital impressions and give them to the in-office dental laboratory.

Second appointment

When the on-site dental lab completes your veneers, you return to Global Facial Aesthetics. Your provider administers a local anesthetic, lines up the veneers with your permanent teeth, and carefully bonds them in place. Then, they trim off any excess material and polish them.

Is it possible to damage veneers?

Yes. Veneers are tough and typically last 12-15 years, but they aren’t invincible. To prevent damage and extend their lifespan, practice good oral hygiene. 

Global Facial Aesthetics recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting the office two times a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.

To prevent cracks or chips, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice cubes or opening objects with your teeth. If you play contact sports like football, hockey, or rugby, consider wearing a mouthguard.

If you’d like to learn more about veneers, make an appointment at Global Facial Aesthetics by calling the office to speak with a caring administrative staff member or clicking the online booking tool.