Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Hickory Hills, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
9525 S. 79th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
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Posts for: April, 2016

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
April 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Your mouth may be healthy--free of gum disease, cavities, and other issues. However, you feel embarrassed to laugh and smile broadly in public. Why? it's those gaps, stains, and one or two small chips. They mar the overall appearance of your smile and lessen your self-confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry is that branch of dental care that remodels the appearance of teeth and gums. Composed of many dental treatments, Veneerscosmetic dentistry fixes small aesthetic problems or can remake an entire smile. Dr. Frederic Mrugala in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL works to reach a patient's aesthetic goals for his or her smile. Among other treatments, he offers porcelain veneers, a reliable, natural-looking and beautiful way to improve the look of teeth in the "smile zone" at the front of the mouth.

Westmont and Hickory Hills Veneers

Porcelain veneers, also called dental laminates, are thin jackets of dental-grade ceramic bonded to the front side of one or more teeth. Custom-fabricated in a specialty dental lab according to a 3-D model of the patient's mouth, veneers disguise imperfections such as:

  • heavy discolorations from smoking, foods, prescription medications or injury
  • chips
  • hairline cracks
  • uneven or odd tooth shape
  • spaces between teeth
  • minor overcrowding

Veneers strengthen teeth and beautify with natural-looking shape, size and color that compliment the patient's overall appearance.

The Veneer Process

To successfully place porcelain veneers, Dr. Mrugala first determines if teeth are healthy enough for this cosmetic treatment. He performs a comprehensive oral exam and takes x-rays, photos and other imaging to help formulate a care plan. This plan includes how the patient wants his or her finished smile to look.

With the determination made to place laminates, Dr. Mrugala removes a very thin slice of enamel from the front surface of each teeth needing refurbishment. This is a quick procedure, sometimes requiring local anesthesia. Dr. Mrugala takes impressions of the patient's mouth and places temporary veneers. He sends instructions and patient images to a dental lab where a ceramist crafts the veneers using a 3-dimensional model of the individual's teeth and gums.

At the next dental appointment, Dr. Mrugala tries the veneers on the individual's teeth and etches the tooth enamel with a chemical that helps the bonding process. He applies special cement that can be color-adjusted as necessary to create a natural look that fits in with the rest of the teeth. He cures the cement with a special light and checks the porcelain veneers for fit and bite.

Caring for Veneers

Porcelain veneers last for years when patients brush and floss daily and get semi-annual cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Mrugala. The ceramic is stain resistant, but of course, patients should limit staining dietary choices and smoking and avoid biting fingernails, plastic packaging or other non-food items.

Learn More

Call (630)963-8680 in Westmont or (708)598-8363 in Hickory Hills for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Mrugala. Find out how your smile can change for the better with porcelain veneers.