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Porcelain veneers, refer to thin layers of medical-grade ceramic that are custom-made to bond to the front surfaces of damaged or discolored teeth to alter their shape, size, color, and position.
These dental restorative shells are fabricated from a special material that closely resembles that of natural tooth enamel. The life-like appearance makes porcelain veneers a popular cosmetic dental restoration solution to improve your smile.
Veneers are commonly used to fix:
Shade perfection for a natural look!
Precision fit for ultimate comfort!
Getting your porcelain veneers requires three visits to the dentist as follows:
Once you make the decision to improve your smile, you should consult with your dentist to find the most appropriate treatments for your specific case. If you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, the dentist will review your medical history and examine your teeth to ensure there’s enough tooth structure to attach the veneers. X-rays may be required. After this consultation, you should make an appointment to initiate the treatment.
On your second visit, the dentist will prepare your teeth by removing 0.5 mm of enamel from the front surface. This is about the same thickness as your veneers. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the area. Next, your dentist will take an impression – model – of your teeth and send it to the lab for fabrication.
In the lab, a porcelain powder that corresponds to your tooth color is mixed with water and placed in an oven for “firing.” Additional porcelain layers are built up to create the natural translucency of tooth enamel. This process takes 2-4 weeks. If your teeth are sensitive, temporary dental veneers may be placed so you can eat comfortably.
The veneers will be placed against your teeth and trimmed to ensure a proper fit. This will be done several times, after which your tooth will be cleaned and etched to prepare it for bonding. A special cement will then be applied to the veneer and positioned on your tooth. A special light is used to activate the chemicals in the cement to promote quick bonding. Finally, excess cement will be wiped off, and final adjustment made to your bite. A follow-up visit is recommended within a month.
Significantly Enhance Your Smile With Veneers!
Before your dentist can recommend porcelain veneers to restore your smile, you must fulfill the following conditions:
People with poor teeth shape or contours, severe tooth discoloration, small to medium gaps between teeth, and minor bite and tooth position imperfections can benefit from the placement of veneers. Even patients with worn teeth, due to grinding and clenching, can witness a dramatic improvement in their smile with porcelain veneers.
Cases involving large discrepancies in tooth position, severely misaligned bite, or even poor profile cannot be corrected with cosmetic porcelain veneers alone. In most cases, you will need a functional dental restoration first – such as orthodontics – before you can consider veneers to further improve your smile.
“Dr. Solnit was a great help in helping me finally have a smile I can be proud to show off. I never knew veneers were the solution until I had a consultation with Dr. Solnit. Modern dentistry has so much to offer!! If you aren’t happy with your smile then I strongly urge you to see Dr. Solnit.”
Gary Solnit, DDS MS offers cosmetic porcelain veneers in Beverly Hills & surrounding areas including Century City & Los Angeles, CA.