Over the last two decades, porcelain veneers have changed the way that we think about cosmetic dentistry. These very thin, custom-crafted restorations will attach to the front of your teeth to conceal numerous aesthetic flaws. To place La Jolla veneers, Dr. Georgaklis will trim your teeth, removing some enamel to make room for the porcelain. Then he will take impressions, so our dental lab can create the most lifelike veneers possible. If you are considering San Diego veneers, you naturally want to know as much about the treatment as possible. Dr. Georgaklis and his team are always ready to answer your questions and to keep up-to-date about every step of your procedure.
What Kind of Problems Can Veneers Correct?
Veneers form a new façade for teeth. Therefore, they can mask a full range of surface blemishes, including stains, tiny chips, small cracks, and worn edges. Veneers can even reshape your teeth, making them a great option for proportionately small or unusually shaped teeth, as well as small gaps in your smile. Finally, in some cases, veneers can enhance slightly misaligned teeth. However, if you have widespread misalignment or severely crooked teeth, you will probably need more aggressive orthodontic care.
Does It Hurt to Get Veneers?
Dr. Georgaklis will need to reshape your teeth before placing veneers. However, your teeth will be numb during this preparatory step. He will also use gentle and conservative techniques. Therefore, you should experience very little discomfort during the procedure. In most cases, you will simply feel a sense of mild pressure during veneers placement. After Dr. Georgaklis reshapes your teeth, you may have some dental sensitivity. However, this will typically disappear a few days after you receive your final veneers.
Will Veneers Placement Damage My Teeth?
San Diego veneers are very safe. Your dentist will trim the smallest amount of enamel possible, so the procedure will not affect the overall structure or stability of your teeth.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
In most cases, veneers will last at least a decade. Often, they last much longer. The longevity of your veneers will depend on your oral health and dental habits. In many cases, Dr. Georgaklis can replace damaged or worn veneers with brand new restorations. In other cases, he may recommend an alternative treatment, such as dental bonding.
Am I a Candidate for La Jolla Veneers?
You must meet certain health criteria in order to qualify for veneers. First, you should have enough dental enamel. Dr. Georgaklis will not trim the foundational structure of your teeth. Therefore, if you have suffered tooth erosion, he may not be able to prep your teeth for treatment. He may also be unable to place a veneer on a tooth with an existing filling. Finally, if you have untreated gum disease, this can affect your candidacy. However, once you receive needed periodontal care, Dr. Georgaklis may still be able to place veneers. Ultimately, the only way to find out your candidacy for treatment is to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist.
What Are My Other Treatment Options?
If you are not a candidate for porcelain veneers, you can still enjoy a stunning smile. Dr. Georgaklis offers several alternative treatments, and he will help you choose the right one for your cosmetic goals. Choices include:
- Teeth whitening
- Orthodontic care
Dr. Georgaklis also offers minimal prep LUMINEERS®. Because these veneers are thinner, your dentist will need to remove little to no enamel. Therefore, you may be able to receive these restorations even if you have suffered tooth erosion. However, they are not suitable to correct every cosmetic flaw, so Dr. Georgaklis will conduct a complete consultation to determine whether LUMINEERS® are right for you.