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By Douglas Pennino, DDS
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

How porcelain veneers from your Barrington dentist can enhance your smileveneers

Do you want to change the way you look? Enhancing your smile is a great way to start. You can give your smile a whole new look with just one cosmetic dental procedure, porcelain veneers! Dr. Douglas Pennino, Dr. Chase Pennino and Dr. Connor Pennino at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL want to help you discover the beauty and versatility of porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of sparkling, translucent porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. The translucent quality of porcelain reflects light, just like your natural teeth, so porcelain veneers are completely natural looking, and completely beautiful too!

As you age, your smile goes through a lot of normal wear-and-tear. Now you can give a whole new look to your smile by hiding common cosmetic issues like these:

  • Large and small fracture lines due to trauma
  • Breakage, chips, or cracks due to bad habits
  • Heavy stains or discolorations due to medications or lifestyle
  • Excessively worn edges on your front teeth due to aging

Genetics can also play a part in giving you a less-than-perfect smile. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can close up spaces between teeth, and they can cosmetically “straighten out” overlapped teeth.

Veneer treatment is conservative because your dentists in Barrington only remove a minimal amount of tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the veneers. Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Veneer treatment is also a quick and easy way to look your best for a special event with friends and family. You can have a whole new smile in as little as two to three appointments!

You begin your treatment with a consultation appointment, during which your dentists will give you an idea of what your new veneers will look like and what to expect from treatment. Your teeth are prepared to receive the veneers and models are created which are sent off to the dental laboratory. Skilled dental technicians create your new veneers and they are permanently cemented at your final appointment.

If you want to give your smile a whole new look, consider porcelain veneers to get the perfect smile you’ve been waiting for. Schedule your porcelain veneer consultation by calling Drs. Douglas, Connor and Chase Pennino at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL today!

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
June 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

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.


For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.

Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.

True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.

An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.

The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.

If you would like more information on porcelain 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.”

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
October 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

What your dentist in Barrington, Illinois wants you to know about veneers


If you have porcelain veneers or are thinking about porcelain veneer treatment, you may be wondering how strong they are. The answer veneersis porcelain veneers are made from high-tech materials which are both strong and beautiful, but there are still some habits you should avoid to get the most out of your porcelain veneers. Your dentists Dr. Douglas Pennino and Dr. Chase Pennino at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, Illinois want to help you preserve your porcelain veneers and protect your investment.

Because of the materials used, porcelain veneers are resilient and resist stains. However, your dentists in Barrington, Illinois want you to avoid:

  • Using your teeth as tools; don’t tear open bags with your teeth.
  • Biting into hard foods like candy; don’t chew ice cubes or bite your fingernails.
  • Playing contact sports without protection; always wear a mouthguard.
  • Grinding your teeth at night; if you do grind your teeth, visit your dentists in Barrington, Illinois to be fitted with a nightguard as soon as possible.

Your dentists in Barrington, Illinois want you to know you can care for your veneers just like your natural teeth. Remember to brush after meals and before bed, and floss daily to protect your gums, teeth, and your veneers.

You should also visit your dentists in Barrington, Illinois regularly so they can check your veneers and take care of any issues. When you visit your dentist in Barrington, Illinois they will examine your gums around the veneers to make sure they are healthy.

Porcelain veneers are a strong, excellent choice to mask cosmetic issues like cracks and chips. They are also a versatile choice that can change the entire look of your smile. Porcelain veneers are an investment you’ve made in yourself, and you want to get the best return on your investment, so get some help from the experts. It’s time to call your dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, Illinois. Call today and take care of your smile!


It is not often that you find a celebrity who is willing to speak candidly about any cosmetic or restorative dentistry that he or she has had. Instead, most prefer that their fans just assume that their dazzling “Hollywood” smile is something that just happened naturally. However, that is not the case with Kathy Ireland, the former Sports Illustrated cover girl, current business mogul and founder of kathy ireland Worldwide, a billion dollar marketing and design firm. In a Dear Doctor magazine cover story she talks openly about her dental experiences, injuries and treatment so that people worldwide can understand what may be possible for them.

For Kathy, it happened several years ago when she was playing with her husband and children in their driveway. Kathy decided that she would stand in her children's wagon and surf across their driveway. Instead, she ended up “face-planting,” as she describes it, in a freak accident that left her with a broken nose, split forehead and several broken teeth. She recalls that it sounded like a watermelon had smashed. Luckily, her husband, an emergency room physician, was on hand to care for her. Kathy is just as thankful to her cosmetic and restorative dentist who restored her trademark smile with some veneers and a dental implant. Today, the only reminder she has from this accident is a small scar on her nose that she covers with a little makeup.

You would think that this accident would be enough trauma for one person; however, Kathy describes an earlier accident where she knocked out a tooth and then later knocked it loose again. Kathy also wanted to take the time to let readers know that her dental implant experiences were “pretty easy.” She did recall, “hearing all the sounds while all of it was going on” and then added, “but I have to tell you, that after being a mom and having kids, going to the like going to the spa!” She said that she has even fallen asleep in the dental chair.

To learn more about Kathy Ireland, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Kathy Ireland.” Or if you think cosmetic or restorative dentistry is right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific goals.