Even the healthiest smile may need some straightening or reshaping. Porcelain veneers are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments for achieving a bright, even smile. Irene T. Theodore, DDS is a cosmetic dentist in Chicago with nearly 30 years experience to help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.

About Porcelain Veneers

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth to improve its shape and/or color.

Porcelain veneers can be used to correct:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Misaligned or asymmetrical teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Diastemas (spaces between teeth)

About the Procedure

The procedure for porcelain veneers is relatively painless with very minimal tooth preparation. In some cases, no preparation is needed. The dental veneers will be made in a dental laboratory by skilled artists. You will have the opportunity to review the shade and characterization of the veneers before they are permanently cemented to your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers FAQs

How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on the material used, number of porcelain veneers placed and specific condition of the patient. Before treatment, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the porcelain veneer cost.

How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are designed to last a lifetime. This longevity can be achieved with proper care and maintenance. That includes a proper at home hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning and examination. Dr. Theodore may also suggest a mouth guard to protect the porcelain restorations.

Is the porcelain veneer procedure painful?
Patients often worry about pain associated with porcelain veneers. We take steps to ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with porcelain veneers is comfortable and relaxed. It is common for patients to experience some mild sensitivity immediately following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 – 3 days of treatment.