Porcelain Veneers in Chicago

A veneer is a thin porcelain covering placed over the facing of a tooth to enhance its color and shape. When veneers are placed on adjacent teeth, crowding and malalignment can be corrected or erased. Because porcelain veneers are carefully sculpted and shaped, many people feel they have gone through instant orthodontics. Porcelain Veneers have a longevity of at least ten to 15 years due to the strength of the porcelain and the extreme thinness of the cement. To achieve the best depth of color translucency and iridescence, the structure of the teeth to be veneered must be reduced both facially and in length approximately half a millimeter. Veneers should wrap around the chewing edge and go interproximally between teeth to create life-like translucency and contour. If patients are interested in bleaching or tooth whitening, this should be achieved prior to veneering, as restorations will not whiten.

If you are interested in porcelain veneers with Chicago cosmetic dentist Dr. Benjamin Fiss, contact us today.

Dr. Benjamin S. Fiss – Veneers

Pre-op 4 pictures: Demonstrate moderate to severe wear and chemical erosion -the visible darkening of the 4 front teeth was caused by loss of enamel allowing the underlying darker “brown “ dentin to show through.

Post-op 4 pictures: After Zoom whitening and Laser recontouring of the gum tissue I was able to rebuild and restore the patient’s enamel on her front teeth using 4 Porcelain Veneers-duplicating surface anatomy ,depth of color, iridescence, shape and contour …….creating a very natural lifelike result.

Taking the Placement of Veneers to a Natural Looking Art Form

A 57 year old female. Attractive but worn dentition exhibiting vertical cracking, slight rotations, yellowing, incisal chipping and irregular wear from years of grinding
Full mouth rehabilitation with Emax porcelain restorations exhibiting a youthful correction to tooth position, shape, size and color. An increase in fullness was added to the porcelain restorations to improve lip support and broaden the smile. Although the whitest porcelain was used, incisal translucency was built into the porcelain creating an amazing depth of color and natural result. 10 years of aging wiped away in a matter of a few visits creating a youthful appearance.

Porcelain Veneers & ClearCorrect™

Pictures 1-4 demonstrate several issues (1)lower arch crowding…teeth are all different heights (2) upper arch shows great differences in gum height tooth shape and contour creating a total lack of symmetry . The uneven color is caused by old fillings and root canal treatment .

Pictures 5-8 show the improvement after 6 veneers were placed creating lifelike symmetry, color and tissue height . The lower arch was corrected simultaneously using CLEARCORRECT™ clear aligners.


Photo 1: Demonstrates this by the lack of visible teeth showing and deep facial wrinkles when smiling.

Photo 2 & 3: These pictures demonstrate severe wear from grinding-the translucency (grayish tones) were caused from chemical erosion (drinking pop, gastric reflux). When a worn dentition is present the 2 front incisors are shorter then the eye teeth or cuspids. The result of all this wear causes the patient to “over close “.

Photo 4, 5 & 6: These pictures demonstrate the result after porcelain restorations were placed only on the top-correcting the collapsed bite and thin gray teeth. The deep wrinkle lines have diminished -a beautiful broad and natural smile is the result. The worn smile is gone replaced with a more youthful one-creating a facelift effect without the surgery.

IPS Empress Porcelain Veneers

Discoloured or chipped teeth are repaired with veneers. True-to-nature IPS Empress veneers are used for the cosmetic correction of teeth. Dr. Fiss can help you enhance your smile with IPS Empress porcelain veneers. Contact him today!

The above eight pictures outline start to finish the cosmetic rehabilitation of a severely worn and chemically eroded dentition.

After Zoom (teeth whitening) eight veneers were prepared and placed creating a very natural lifelike result.

The final post-op photo looks like he was born with that smile!

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6 veneers were placed after zoom whitening restoring an ideal shape, size, color and tooth contour. Note how midline and tissue contour has been corrected.

Shown below is the process of which we arrived for this final result

Photo 1: Patient presented upset about her smile. It was clear that the midline was off, the gum tissue was misaligned and each tooth was a different size, shape, and color.

Photo 2: I used this photo to demonstrate to the patient and lab how improvements were to be made. Tooth sizes, shapes and proportion were selected presenting desired result.

Photo 3: Temporaries were placed after the teeth were prepared for the veneers, correcting many of the issues the patient initially presented with.

Photo 4: Photo taken immediately after the 6 Veneers were placed. The ideal shape, size, color and contour have been achieved. Note how the midline and tissue contour have improved.

Photo 5 & 6: Two additional veneers were placed (upper left & right) to broaden the smile. Making a total of 10 veneers for this wonderful smile. 

Patient presented with dark and irregular shaped teeth adjacent to the front teeth. After Zoom bleaching 2 veneers were placed creating an ideal result.

Patient presented with dark and irregular shaped teeth adjacent to the front teeth. After Zoom bleaching 2 veneers were placed creating an ideal result.

Patient presented with 4 completely asymmetric front teeth. After Zoom bleaching 4 veneers were placed at the correct longer length creating a beautiful symmetric smile.
Note the translucent incisal edge.

This amazing makeover involved placing 20 veneers, creating life-changing results.

6 Veneers placed to close open bite, creating a perfect ideal smile.

20 Veneers placed creating a youthful smile. Improving color, shape, and contour of teeth.

Bleaching and 8 veneers completely changed this patients smile with natural looking results.

Bleaching and 2 veneers created a subtle, natural result far better than the previous existing bonding. Correcting the length and midline.

An older patient presented with severally eroded and cracked teeth. Bleaching and 4 veneers created a natural result.

Six veneers were placed creating a perfect life changing smile.

Two veneers were placed creating an ideal smile.

Eight veneers changed this persons smile in two visits from an old looking severely worn dentition to a youthful one.

This case involved a complete dental reconstruction including the placement of 20 veneers. The Veneers’ color and shape look remarkably natural.

The picture on the left demonstrates the Crowded incisors with white spots. Note the picture on the right shows an aesthetically pleasing alternative:

IPS Empress veneers.

Here is a recent before and after photo of a case involving the placement of 20 Porcelain Veneers over a period of 4 weeks.

Here is a recent before and after photo of a case involving the placement of 20 Porcelain Veneers over a period of 4 weeks.

An amazing makeover with the placement of only three veneers and cosmetic enamel recontouring-note how exact the custom staining is creating lifelike results.

Before: The front four incisors are severely cracked and filled with bonding.

After: Four beautiful -very natural looking veneers were placed-with the right amount of incisal transluceny.

Ten veneers placed only on the top teeth in the smile zone (1) the midline was corrected (2) the posterior teeth were built out with porcelain creating a wider smile (3) the veneers improved the lip contour taking years off facial lines (4) the front teeth were made slightly longer with natural incisal translucency for a youthful smile.

If you’re interested in this procedure, please contact us to book an appointment. We are also happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

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