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By Willow Ridge Dental Group
July 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
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Dental veneers are a popular way to improve teeth with chips, stains, gaps or other defects. They're typically made of dental porcelain, ceramic-like materials prized for their ability to mimic the texture, color and translucency of natural teeth.

But dental porcelain doesn't come in one form—a dentist can utilize variations of it to better match a patient's need. For example, one patient may need a porcelain with added strength, while another may need one that provides better coverage of underlying discoloration.

The foundational materials for veneer porcelain are glass ceramics. Also used for crowns, glass ceramics have been the preferred choice of dentists for some time to achieve life-like results. In terms of veneers, dental technicians first mix the powdered form of the porcelain with water to create a paste. They then use the paste to build up the body of a veneer layer by layer.

But while the high degree of silica (glass) in this type of porcelain best resembles the translucence of natural teeth, early forms of it lacked strength. This changed in the 1990s when technicians began adding a material called leucite to the ceramic mixture that enhanced its strength and durability.

Today, you'll also find lithium disilicate used, which is twice as strong as leucite and is quite useful when creating thinner veneers. Both of these strength materials can be pressed and milled into shape, which helps achieve a more accurate fit. Along with the underlying glass ceramic, the result is a veneer that's both durable and incredibly life-like.

Although today's porcelain veneers are far superior in durability than earlier forms, they can be damaged when biting down on hard objects. To make sure your veneers last as long as possible, you should avoid biting down directly on hard-skinned fruit, or using your veneered teeth to crack nuts or crunch ice (or any other teeth, for that matter).

But with proper care, today's veneers have exceptional longevity. And, thanks to the superior dental materials that compose them, they'll look great for years.

If you would like more information on dental veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better Than Ever.”

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
May 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   porcelain veneers  

It’s common to have flaws that make it hard for you to feel comfortable showing your smile off in public. Porcelain veneers from your dentists, Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, can help give you the perfect smile that you’ve always dreamed of.

How Porcelain Veneers Can Perfect Your Smile

Dental veneers are shell-like objects made of porcelain and placed over the teeth like a covering. Veneers can cover up any worries you may have about your smile and replace them with perfectly white and flawless teeth. Whether you struggle with crooked teeth, gaps in your smile, a misaligned smile, chips, cracks, or staining, veneers from your dentist in Naperville, IL, can cover up all of your worries.

Veneers can be as white as you want and are resistant to future staining. The material doesn’t take on stains from coffee, tea, or wine the same way that your natural teeth do. Veneers also don’t require any extensive care that will change your normal routine drastically. To care for your veneers and ensure that they last for as long as possible, all you need to do is make sure that you brush and floss your teeth daily, as well as see your dentist for your regular check-ups.

The process is also fairly simple and will only take two appointments. This helps if you are concerned about spending a lot of time to get your veneers installed. At the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth as needed and take an impression of your smile. At the second appointment, your veneers will be placed on your teeth and checked for any adjustments as needed. After that, you’re good to go and you have the smile you’ve always wanted.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

If you struggle with flaws in your smile, veneers may be the best option for you! Contact Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, at (630) 420-2800 today to ask any questions you may have about veneers and to schedule your appointment!

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental VeneersDental veneers are a great option when it comes to cosmetically improve the appearance of your teeth. Installing them doesn’t require any major modifications to your existing teeth, but they still provide significantly better results compared to other cosmetic treatments. See dentists Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL to discuss veneers.

Treating Your Smile with Veneers
When you smile, do you hesitate to show all of your teeth? Do you feel compelled to cover your front teeth with your fingers when you’re laughing or speaking to other people? If so you may be a good candidate for veneers. They are dental devices that lay on top of your damaged or discolored teeth, making them look white, straight, and well-shaped. Veneers can also close up small gaps.

Why Are Veneers Preferred?
Dental crowning is a treatment that is very similar to veneers, except crowns require a lot more dental material to be removed. Crowns are also not appropriate for fixing several teeth in a row. Veneers are preferred because they can be easily attached and shaped by your Naperville, IL dentist without too much work. Porcelain is the material that’s commonly used for veneers because it is versatile and easy to integrate with any smile for a very natural look.

A New Smile, a New Lease on Life
Don’t underestimate the impact of renewing your smile with veneers. After years of living with a smile that you feel less than proud of, this cosmetic treatment can really provide you with a major confidence boost. It can also help rejuvenate your social life and professional career. Take the time to schedule a consultation—your dentist will work closely with you to give you an idea of what your smile will look like after it is restored with veneers.

Consult a Veneer Dentist
You might just learn that porcelain veneers are the ideal way for your dentist to improve the way your teeth look. Call 630-420-2800 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Jeffrey Onik or Dr. Connie Onik at their office in Naperville, IL.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
November 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
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What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
August 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

VeneersNature doesn't guarantee a perfect smile. However, cosmetic dentistry helps people with flawed teeth achieve their best personal appearance. At Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik reshape dental defects with realistic porcelain veneers. Also called dental laminates, these translucent, thin shells of fine ceramic camouflage a host of enamel defects. Could they help yours?

Dental defects

They make people cover their mouths as they laugh or smile. Chips, cracks, odd shape, uneven length, deep stains, gaps--you name it, and it can ruin how people perceive you and how you feel about yourself, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

What's the solution? For very minor defects, composite resin bonding, using a tooth-colored blend of glass particles and acrylic, works well to regularize tooth shape and fill in small pits and gaps. More substantial flaws, such as big chips or very dark stains from smoking or certain pharmaceuticals, require the frontside coverage porcelain veneers provide.

Your consultation with Dr. Onik

At Willow Ridge Dental in Naperville, your dentist consults with adults of all ages, personal tastes, and lifestyles about their smile goals. Porcelain veneers are a top choice to create a look that's natural looking, yet flawless.

And, these laminates add a measure of durability to selected healthy teeth. With diligent oral hygiene at home and at Willow Ridge Dental Group, veneers last for more than ten years.

Critical to success is the patient-dentist consultation. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to look for decay and gum disease. X-rays and other imaging, as well as oral impressions, give both dentist and dental lab the information needed to make perfect veneers. As the patient, you'll provide Dr. Onik ideas on how you'd like your smile to change.

The treatment

Dr. Onik wants their patients to understand that veneers are permanent. Once you wear veneers, you always will. Why? It's because the dentist must remove a small portion of enamel so your mouth accommodates the veneers comfortably. Also, the resurfacing helps the permanent tooth-colored cement to adhere well to the teeth.

After enamel reduction, you'll wear temporary veneers, and the dental lab will fabricate your new laminates individually, shaping and coloring them just right. When Dr. Onik receives them at Willow Ridge Dental Group, you'll return to the office for installation. After a week or so, you'll be used to how your veneers feel and bite. However, you'll immediately love their spectacular look.

To care for your veneers, just brush twice daily with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Floss daily, too, as the American Dental Association advises, and limit staining and extra-hard foods.

Are you ready?

Learn more about porcelain veneers by calling Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL. Book a consultation with our team, and anticipate a new smile. Call (630) 420-2800.