Veneers Specialist

Philip Cook DDS LLC

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Wilmette, IL

Research shows your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and it makes a lasting impression. A bright and healthy smile imparts confidence, vitality, and good health. Veneers are one way to create the smile of your dreams, and they can address a wide range of dental issues. If you live in the greater Wilmette, Illinois, area and would like to maximize the positive impact of your smile, reach out to Philip Cook, DDS, LLC to schedule a consultation.

Veneers Q & A

Philip Cook DDS LLC

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain placed over your natural teeth to create optimal alignment, shape, and color. Veneers are customized to fit the contours of your mouth and smile, and proper placement is as much of an art as it is a science.

Dental veneers are a permanent restoration option, and you should be sure they’re right for you before beginning the process. They can be composed of either porcelain or composite resin, and Dr. Cook perfects their shape once they’re in place.

Porcelain veneers last from 10-20 years, depending on how well you care for them. You eventually need to replace them with new veneers, which is something to consider when choosing restorative options.

What types of dental issues can veneers address?

Veneers are an excellent restorative choice for many men and women. Veneers are an excellent choice for addressing these issues:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Teeth with excessive wear
  • Irregularly shaped, misaligned, or uneven teeth
  • Gaps or spaces between teeth

Many of the gorgeous smiles you see on actors and other performers are created using dental veneers. Advancements in technology have made veneers a restorative option for all people, even if they never set foot on a red carpet.

What is the process of getting veneers like?

The process of getting dental veneers involves several trips to Dr. Cook. During the first visit, he examines your teeth to determine if veneers are a good fit.

This is the time to discuss your goals and learn how veneers can help you reach the desired outcome. You may need X-rays to give Dr. Cook a full picture of the current position of your teeth, both above and below your gum tissue.

During your next appointment, Dr. Cook prepares your teeth. That involves removing a tiny portion of your tooth enamel so the veneers can bond adequately. You may be given an anesthetic before this procedure.

Dr. Cook makes a model or impression of your teeth and sends it to the dental lab so they can make your veneers. It can take between 2-4 weeks for your veneers to come back from the lab.

Once they arrive, Dr. Cook bonds the veneers to the surface of your prepared teeth. He checks the placement before cementing the veneers in place and cleaning and etching your natural teeth to improve adhesion.

Once in place, Dr. Cook can refine the shape of your new veneers to create the perfect fit. He may ask you to return in a few weeks so he can check your bite and alignment.