What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin cosmetic coverings that are placed on top of your front teeth to improve their appearance. Dentists use porcelain veneers to restore damaged front teeth back to their youthful appearance. By placing one or more porcelain veneers you can reverse the damage done to your teeth over the years. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular of all cosmetic dentistry procedures. Schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist near you to learn more about porcelain veneers and see if you are a candidate.
What are the benefits of having porcelain veneers?
Each porcelain veneer is custom-made based on your specific cosmetic needs. The goal of each porcelain veneer is to enhance and beautify the appearance of the tooth it is covering. There are many benefits to placing porcelain veneers on your teeth, such as:
Porcelain veneers are made from high-quality porcelain that has no metal. The porcelain is designed to perfectly mimic natural tooth structure. As a result, porcelain veneers are nearly a perfect match for your natural teeth. They blend in seamlessly to enhance the appearance of your smile. Additionally, porcelain veneers do not stain over time. This means they maintain their appearance over the years to come.
Versatile Cosmetic Procedure
Because porcelain veneers can do so much, dentists rely on them to fix lots of different cosmetic concerns. For instance, you can use porcelain veneers to correct the appearance of cracked teeth. You can place them on teeth with deep stains to restore the tooth's proper shade. By placing multiple porcelain veneers, you can even straighten your smile without the need to wear braces or clear aligners.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of a porcelain veneer is how conservative it is as compared to the alternative, which is a crown. Porcelain veneers are very thin, about the size of a thick contact lens. As a result, placing a porcelain veneer allows your dentist to preserve more of your own tooth structure. This reduces the likelihood of needing a root canal treatment or running into problems in the future. In contrast, you need to remove about 20 to 30% more tooth structure for a traditional crown. This means that standard crowns are more likely to break or get damaged resulting in a root canal, or even a dental implant, as compared to porcelain veneers.
Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
If you're looking forward to having a Hollywood smile, then you should highly consider porcelain veneers. Of course, not everyone gets porcelain veneer treatment just to achieve a Hollywood smile. Many patients have been suffering from yellow, stained, and broken teeth. This can be due to wear-and-tear, teeth grinding, acid wear, or other damaging forces. By placing porcelain veneers, you can reverse the damage done to your teeth over the years. Visit a cosmetic dentist near you to see if you're a good candidate for porcelain veneer smile rejuvenation.
How many porcelain veneers do I need?
You can place anywhere from one to ten porcelain veneers per arch (top or bottom). Naturally, each patient is unique and has his or her own needs. Let's take a look at a few different scenarios to understand how many porcelain veneers are suitable for your smile:
Single porcelain veneer
You may only have a single damaged front tooth that you're unhappy with. It could be that your tooth is chipped or discolored and doesn't match the remaining teeth. In these cases, placing a single porcelain veneer can fix your problem and improve your appearance.
2 to 4 Porcelain Veneers
Some people have small gaps between their front teeth. This is very common between the frontmost two teeth. Maybe you have slight chipping and discoloration on the front incisor teeth. You can fix these problems by placing anywhere from two to four porcelain veneers on your front teeth.
6 to 10 Porcelain Veneers
Some people simply don't like the appearance of their teeth. This could be the result of having teeth that are too yellow, too small, show too much gum, etc. Porcelain veneers can help you completely redo your smile. These cases are ideal for treatment with multiple porcelain veneers. You typically need to place between six to ten porcelain veneers per arch, depending on how many teeth show when you smile. By placing multiple porcelain veneers, you can make your teeth as white, straight, and perfect as you want them to be. You can even show less gum tissue by performing a simple gum re-contouring procedure alongside your porcelain veneer treatment. Talk to a cosmetic dentist near you to see if you qualify for a smile makeover using porcelain veneers.
What is the process of receiving porcelain veneers?
We recommend that you set aside a minimum of one month for your porcelain veneer treatment. Of course, if you decide to make changes to your gum tissue or straighten your teeth, it could take longer. Here are the steps involved in porcelain veneer treatment:
The first step to receiving porcelain veneers is to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist near you. Your dentist will evaluate your smile to see if you're a good candidate for porcelain veneer treatment. Typically, those with a heavy bite, grinding habits, or severe malocclusion are not good candidates. These patients will generally be advised to go for full-coverage crowns instead of veneers. During your consultation, your dentist will determine a general vision of what your expectation is of the ideal smile. This helps him or her to properly treatment plan your porcelain veneers.
Teeth Preparation Appointment
Once it is determined you're a good candidate for porcelain veneer treatment, your dentist will schedule you for teeth preparation. This is a long visit where most of the work gets done. During your teeth preparation appointment, your dentist will shape your teeth to place veneers on them. They also take impressions of your teeth, measure your bite, and make temporary teeth. Keep in mind, temporary teeth are usually connected to one another as one piece. This prevents them from falling out over the course of the next few weeks as your dentist makes your permanent veneers.
Porcelain Veneer Delivery Appointment
It typically takes anywhere from one to three weeks to fabricate your porcelain veneers. The teeth are made in a dental laboratory by a master ceramist who custom-designs and creates your veneers. Once ready, your dentist will try these porcelain veneers to verify the way they look in your mouth. This is your opportunity to comment on the color, shape, and feel of your new smile. Minor adjustments can be made chair-side, however, major changes require a trip back to your dentist. It is very important that you love your new teeth, so work closely with your dentist to ensure that you're both equally happy with your new smile. It's much easier to alter the appearance of the porcelain veneers before they have been delivered instead of afterward. Once you both approve of your new smile, the porcelain veneers will be cemented permanently in place. You are now ready to conquer the world with your new smile!
Your cosmetic dentist will typically want to see you a few weeks after delivering your porcelain veneers. The follow-up appointments are primarily there to discuss how you are liking your new teeth. During these visits, your dentist will review your hygiene, check the bite, and look for any residual cement that may have been left behind. If you are having discomfort, be sure to discuss it with your dentist at this time. Generally, the follow-up appointments are simple and quick visits.
Porcelain veneers in Orange County, CA
Looking to redo your smile with porcelain veneers? Dr. Jazayeri offers porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments in Orange County, CA. Call us at (949) 481-2540 or book your consultation online today. During your cosmetic consultation, Dr. Jazayeri will explain everything you need to know about porcelain veneer treatment. He will evaluate your smile to see how he can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Come in today and discover how cosmetic dentistry can change your smile and your life. If you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, simply fill out the form below:
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