Meet Our Cosmetic Dentist – Brian S. Vence, DDS


“Dentistry designed to transform. Helping people enhance their sense of well-being by restoring their oral health and the appearance of their smile is the goal of my work.”

Dr. Brian Vence has been a practicing dentist for more than 30 years. His dental expertise began in his very own father’s dental lab prior to attending dental school. Dr. Vence has devoted his entire career to the field of dentistry, and takes a special interest in comprehensive esthetic dental care and complex restorative dentistry. Dr. Vence focuses on the value of excellent health for each and every one of our patients, making thorough communication and patient education some of our highest priorities. He believes that having the best possible oral health is the vital starting point, followed by treatments that are customized for each patient based on their unique needs and goals. Dr. Vence also believes that the preservation of dental health and natural dentition is an essential step toward maintaining beautiful, functioning teeth for a lifetime.

Below, you will find more information on Dr. Vence’s personal history, education, experience, credentials, and philosophy of care. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.


Raised in Elgin, Dr. Vence decided to become a dentist after realizing his proclivity for both art and science. His father was a dental technician, and from the 8th grade on, Dr. Vence would spend many of his summers helping out in the laboratory. After attending college and dental school, Dr. Vence practiced for a few years as an associate dentist at offices in Southern California, then came back to his home state of Illinois to start his own practice.


Dr. Vence is committed to helping people help themselves attain essential and meaningful treatments based on their personal preferences. Through our innovative Co-Discovery process, patients can understand the issues they are experiencing and co-author a solution based on what they want to invest in terms of time, money, energy, and outcome. This makes our patients true partners in their own care.


Dr. Vence has been educated at some of the most respected institutions of higher learning in America, including:

  • Dental Degree – University of Illinois School of Dentistry at the Medical Center in Chicago
  • B.A. in Biology (Honors Program) – University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Dr. Vence has also completed a hospital residency at the VA Wadsworth-UCLA, as well as a mini-residency in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Dr. Vence is a passionate believer in the need for dentists to continue their education in order to stay abreast of the absolute latest treatments and techniques. He regularly pursues additional training and education in dental care and sleep dentistry to consistently hone his skills and be able to offer patients the absolute best treatment options possible. In fact, Dr. Vence averages 150 hours of continuing education each year. Dr. Vence has also attained the level of DSD Master in Digital Smile Design.

Learn more about Digital Smile Design.


Dr. Vence is the founder of the Chicago Academy of Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy, a study club designed to define and promote excellence in dentistry. In addition, he is a member of many renowned dental organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Restorative Dentistry
  • American College of Dentists
  • International College of Dentists
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Chicago Academy of Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy
  • Chicago Academy of Dental Research
  • Fox River Valley Dental Society – Past President
  • Dental Forum of Milwaukee Honorary Member

“I love it when I see a patient we treated 20 years ago come in and everything still looks great. I am pleased to think about the money they saved on future dentistry not needed to be performed because of the correct diagnosis and plan due to our collaboration.”

— Dr. Brian S. Vence

Presentations & Publications

Dr. Vence has delivered presentations of his work at meetings and symposia across the globe, and has been published in a variety of dental journals and publications. He has had manuscripts published in Quintessence of Dental Technology, Practical Periodontics and Aesthetic Dentistry, and The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and Compendium. He is also an editor in fixed prosthodontics for Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry.

Commitment to a Conservative, Biomimetic Approach

“The goal is sustainable oral health for a lifetime!”

Dr. Vence’s passion is in Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy. This entails utilizing the various subspecialties of dentistry to do the least amount of restorative dentistry in order to idealize the esthetics and function for a patient based on their unique preferences. He firmly believes in what’s known as the “biomimetic” approach: To preserve and restore the structural integrity of an individual’s teeth and maintain the pulpal and periodontal biology of their dentition.

Dentistry As a Healing Art

“Our treatment plan grows out of your desire and need to rehabilitate your mouth. Nothing is more satisfying to me as a dentist than to gather all my diagnostic and technical skills and combine them with a true understanding of your needs and desires. Your meaning is my inspiration. Some patients want to regain confidence in the strength and function of their teeth. Some patients are interested in alternative restorative materials, such as non-metal fillings and their safe removal. Other patients want a beautiful smile they can be proud of. Your reason for restoring your oral health may be very unique to you.

Technique does not stand alone; a fine esthetic endeavor links together a patient’s sense of what they want with technical excellence. I call this dentistry with a shared sense of purpose, and it gives me happiness and fulfillment in my work.”

– Dr. Brian S. Vence, DDS

If you would like more information about Dr. Brian Vence, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at our practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.