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By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
March 19, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   Porcelain Veneers  

Improving your smile may be simpler than you might think, thanks to porcelain veneers. Your Decatur, IL, dentists, Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Daniel Jurgens of the Gentle Art of Dentistry in  Decatur, IL, use veneers to address a variety of cosmetic issues.

Porcelain veneers hide flaws and imperfections

Veneers are thin porcelain shells attached to the fronts of teeth with dental cement. Although they're only about as thick as a fingernail, veneers offer a very effective way to keep flaws out of sight.

Unlike some other cosmetic dentistry services, porcelain veneers don't require extensive changes to your teeth. In fact, your dentist may only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure a comfortable, natural fit. During your first veneer visit to the Decatur, IL, dental office, your dentist will also make an impression of your teeth, which the dental lab techs will use as a guide when creating your porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers can help you:

  • Hide Minor Damage: Veneers offer a simple solution if you have small chips or shallow gaps that don't affect the structural integrity of your teeth. Applying a veneer to a damaged tooth instantly improves its appearance.
  • Conceal Flaws: Bumps or pits in your tooth enamel, even if they're minor, can be very noticeable. Veneers make flaws and imperfections disappear.
  • Close Slight Gaps: Orthodontic treatment isn't the only way to improve the appearance of gaps between teeth. In fact, porcelain veneers may a good option if you have a minor gap between your front teeth.
  • Whiten Teeth: Whether you have a discolored tooth or want to whiten your entire smile, veneers can help you perfect your smile. Veneers are available in many shades of white and are resistant to stains from foods and beverages.
  • Make Over an Unattractive Tooth: Veneers can also improve the appearance of a crooked or oddly shaped tooth or make a short tooth a little longer. Thanks to veneers, your teeth will look much more uniform.

Upgrade your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your dentists in Decatur, IL, Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Jurgens of Gentle Art of Dentistry, at (217) 422-7448 to schedule your appointment.

By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
January 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Have you been thinking about improving your smile? Veneers provide a perfect solution whether your teeth are damaged, discolored or oddly shaped. The restorations, offered by your Decatur, IL, dentist, Dr. Carol Cunningham, conceal many common types of tooth flaws, enhancing your smile.

How do veneers work?

Veneers are thin porcelain or plastic shells that attach to the fronts of teeth where flaws are most visible. The restorations adhere to your teeth with dental cement and conceal imperfections.

Before you receive veneers, our Decatur dentist will remove a tiny amount of enamel from your teeth to ensure that your new veneers fit well and look natural. She'll also send an impression of your mouth to the dental laboratory that will create your custom restorations.

Are veneers right for you?

Veneers offer a simple way to hide many types of flaws that can affect your smile. Your dentist may recommend them if you have minor damage to your teeth, such as a small chip or shallow crack. Veneers can also conceal pits, bumps or uneven surfaces.

Thanks to veneers, you can completely change the way a tooth looks. They're a good choice if you have a crooked tooth that doesn't require orthodontic treatment. Shape-changing veneers not only make a crooked tooth look straight but can improve the appearance of any oddly shaped tooth.

Do you have a few teeth that are too short? Whether the teeth have always been short, or you've noticed that they've gradually grown shorter since you've been grinding your teeth at night, veneers add a little extra length.

Gaps between teeth are a common complaint. Although the spaces may not affect your ability to chew, they can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Veneers offer a simple way to close slight gaps between your teeth.

Veneers can be made to match the exact shade of nearby teeth or whiten your smile. They're a good option if you want to brighten all of your teeth or have a dark or discolored tooth due to large fillings, dental procedures or the use of certain antibiotics.

Are you ready to renew your smile with veneers? Call your Decatur, IL, dentist, Dr. Carol Cunningham, at (217) 422-7448 to schedule an appointment.

By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
March 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Your dentist, Dr. Carol Cunningham, knows first hand how common it is for patients to want better-looking smiles. In response, her VeneersDecatur, IL, office offers veneers to help improve smile aesthetics!


More About Veneers

Veneers are made of thin porcelain and used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged. They fix a variety of issues, such as:

  • Stained or discolored teeth, usually a result of drinking coffee/tea, poor oral hygiene, smoking, chewing tobacco, or taking tetracycline-containing medications.
  • Misshapen teeth including crooked, overcrowded, and irregularly shaped teeth.


What Veneers Fix

  • Tooth Color
  • Size & Shape
  • Alignment & Spacing



When you first come into the Decatur office, your doctor will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If they decide that you are a good candidate, then they'll first deal with any underlying issues, such as cavities, first.

Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.

Your dentist will then remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth before cementing the veneers. This is done so that you don't feel like your teeth are protruding. Consequently, your new veneers will feel smooth and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth!

In order to take proper care of your veneers, you need to brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed. Changing your toothbrush when it's frayed is also important to ensure that your teeth are properly cleaned. Furthermore, you should make sure to drink plenty of water and eat healthy food like carrots that scrape teeth clean.


Give Us a Call!

For more information on veneers, contact our Decatur office by calling (217) 422-7448. We will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!

By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Are you interested in getting veneers?veneers

Your dentist understands the importance of having a beautiful smile. Dr. Carol Cunningham at Gentle Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL assess your teeth to make sure there aren't any serious problems like cavities. If there are cavities, she will need to clean them out and seal them.

Afterwards, she will remove some enamel off the surface of your teeth and place the porcelain veneers, which are basically thin shells. The veneers will fit evenly along your teeth because they are custom made and the enamel removed makes way for them.

The veneers you decide to have placed are a great way to conceal unappealing issues:

  • They hide stained and/or discolored teeth, which aren't attractive anymore because of poor habits like smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking tea or coffee, and eating heavily pigmented foods. Even some antibiotics, such as tetracycline, may cause teeth to become discolored.
  • Another issue people suffer from and want to conceal is mishappened teeth like worn or chipped teeth, uneven surfaces, crooked teeth, uneven spacing, like overcrowdedness, and irregularly shaped teeth.
  • Veneers are also great for concealing dents, cracks and fractures, and grooves on the surface of your teeth that may have been caused by trauma.

While the process is simple and non-invasive, removing enamel is a permanent decision. So make sure you speak to your Decatur dentist.

Also, keeping up with your healthy oral regimen will help keep your smile intact for as long as possible. So brush twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Make sure to brush for two whole minutes and angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Flossing should also be a part of your dental care. Floss at least once before bed and don't miss your bi-annual checkups with your dentist.

If you're interested in veneers and have questions for Dr. Carol Cunningham, then call you Decatur, IL, dentist today! Your smile and health are important.