What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are a great way to create a beautiful smile that you will be proud of and will last for years. Veneers are commonly used in cosmetic dentistry to improve the color and shape of your existing teeth. Veneers can be made from a resin composite or porcelain material. However porcelain is recommended because it mimics your natural teeth better then resin by the way it reflects light and resists stains. A dental veneer is a custom made thin shell of porcelain that is bonded directly to the tooth and generally covers the front and top edge of the tooth.
Veneers can be used for many different purposes to cosmetically enhance your smile and fix existing dental problems and can:
- Fix teeth that are discolored due to root canal treatment, staining from medications such as tetracycline, excessive exposure to fluoride, or large existing resin fillings that have discolored the teeth
- Repair teeth that are chipped or worn down
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Straighten misaligned, uneven, and misshaped teeth
- Protect teeth from additional wear and chipping
It takes more than one appointment to restore teeth using dental veneers. It is recommended that you come in for a cosmetic consultation to determine if veneers are the best option for your desired results. In some cases, it is recommended to have a teeth whitening procedure first depending on how many teeth you would like to veneer. Dr. George’s San Diego practice offers both in office and take home whitening (Please see our Zoom Whitening and take home whitening page for more information). Once you have achieved your desired shade, we will custom match the veneers to the color of your teeth. For some patients, orthodontics may be necessary, in addition to veneers, if you are looking to adjust your jaw alignment or arch.
Dr. George is one of the only dentists in San Diego that offers all of these services. At the first appointment following the cosmetic consultation, it is necessary to take an x-ray to check the health of the tooth. The tooth will then be shaped and roughened under local anesthesia. An impression of your tooth is taken so the lab can mold veneers that perfectly fit your mouth. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks to receive the veneer back from the laboratory.
During the second appointment we clean and polish the prepared tooth and the veneer is then adhered to the tooth. The adhesive bond is hardened with a high intensity light that makes it so you can eat and drink right away with your new tooth. Veneers are extremely strong and result in a beautiful and natural looking smile.
Dental Veneers are a very important part of cosmetic dentistry. Please call the Best Dentistin La Jolla or visit our office today for a consultation. We would love to help you achieve your dental health goals.
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