Cosmetic dentistry in Chicago is becoming more popular than ever before. Your smile is an asset. An attractive smile is important in both your professional and personal life. With modern technology and extensive experience, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest can transform your smile into something you will want to show off. We offer many cosmetic dental procedures that conceal and correct a wide range of smile imperfections. Below are some of our most popular services.
Teeth Whitening –
Everyone wants a bright, white smile. Our teeth are susceptible to permanent discoloration from many sources. Coffee, tea, and wine are common culprits. Smoking and the aging process can dull your smile too.
We offer clinical strength teeth whitening systems that will remove permanent stains. Unlike over-the-counter whitening products that only address surface stains, our whitening systems produce fast, noticeable results.
Cosmetic Bonding –
This procedure is minimally invasive and cheaper than many other cosmetic treatments. Bonding consists of using composite resin to conceal imperfections such as tooth chips, gaps, and jagged edges of teeth. The resin used is matched to the natural color of your teeth and produces natural-looking results. This procedure provides the look of a uniform smile.
Porcelain Veneers –
Many celebrities are reported to have benefited from porcelain veneers. This cosmetic method is great for providing a complete smile makeover. Veneers are custom-made coverings that are permanently bonded to your teeth. They resemble your natural teeth and address many imperfections such as chips, gaps, and discolorations as well as jagged and misaligned teeth. Veneers create a uniform smile that lasts for years to come.
Tooth Crowns –
A crown provides a more secure restoration than a filling for a tooth that is badly broken down and/or has extensive fillings and weak cusps. The tooth is shaped and prepared, and the crown surrounds and covers the entire tooth.
When are veneers the best choice?
Veneers are a great choice when the issues you want to address are relatively minor and aesthetic in nature. Veneers are an excellent cosmetic dental procedure for problems such as badly stained teeth, chipped teeth, minor cracks in teeth, small gaps between the teeth and superficial misalignment. In these cases, veneers can significantly improve the overall color and regularity in appearance of the teeth, delivering a much-improved smile.
Except in some very specific circumstances, once a veneer has been applied to a tooth, it will always require covering going forward. You might need a replacement veneer, or the tooth could be further reduced allowing the placement of a crown. Veneers are just as permanent as a crown and shouldn’t be chosen on the basis that they are either temporary or reversible.
When are crowns the best choice?
Crowns are typically needed instead of a veneer when there are more fundamental issues with existing teeth. These situations include teeth that are badly broken or cracked, or where root canal treatment has been needed. The crown is used to keep the tooth intact and protect it from any further damage that might lead to extraction. Once the crown is cemented firmly into place, it becomes the new outside surface for the tooth with the nub of the original tooth safely inside.
Another situation where crowns are a better cosmetic dental procedure than veneers is where the edge of the tooth has been damaged by grinding. A veneer only covers the front of a tooth, not the edges. Therefore teeth that have been ground down usually require crowns to improve their appearance.
Crowns are effective solutions for damaged teeth and can deliver a significant change in both the color and shape of existing teeth. Once a crown has been placed, the tooth will always require some sort of covering.
Differences in insurance coverage
The cost of crowns and veneers is very similar. However, veneers are usually considered a purely aesthetic treatment and are therefore very unlikely to be covered under dental insurance. As crowns are typically used to treat both functional and aesthetic issues, they are more likely to be covered by dental insurance.
Learn more about Cosmetic Dental Procedures
If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry and how it can enhance your smile, contact our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Fondriest. We serve patients from the greater Chicago area.