in mission viejo, ca
Have you been hiding your smile lately due to less than perfect teeth? Your smile is a reflection of your inner beauty, but sometimes tooth wear and tear or discoloration can leave you feeling less confident. Cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions including dental veneers, which instantly improve the way your teeth look, restoring your perfect smile and confidence.
What are Dental Veneers?
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a dental veneer, also know as a porcelain laminate, is a "thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel." Dental veneers are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to your tooth enamel, masking any imperfections, or correcting a tooth’s size, shape, or length.
Dental veneers can be made from composite resin and you have the choice of ultra-conservative resin veneers, but the choice material for correcting issues of shape or color is porcelain. The difference is that with resin veneers, they are less durable and the porcelain veneer offers a longer lasting option, often lasting between 10 and 20 years, and is better at resisting stains and mimicking the light reflecting properties of your natural teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers offer a conservative approach as compared to dental crowns, braces, implants, or dentures. They do not require any extensive shaping or removal of any tooth material like dental crowns do, and can instantly correct teeth that are chipped or broken, restoring their natural look. If you have crooked, uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth, you may want to consider treatment with dental veneers. You can even correct minor gaps between your teeth without needing to resort to orthodontic procedures!
Dental veneers offer an instant whitening solution, correcting stains and discolorations, due to a root canal treatment, drugs such as tetracycline, staining agents in your favorite foods, or any other reasons. Veneers also add length to teeth that have been worn out from years of wear and tear, or from teeth grinding, a condition also known as bruxism. Dental veneers will leave you with a brighter healthier smile!
Veneers, unlike dental bonding, are highly resistant to stains, meaning that you can continue to enjoy your morning coffee or your favorite red wine without worrying about staining agents causing discoloration. Although less costly, dental bonding used to repair chips in your teeth will often become discolored over time, and may not match the shade of the rest of your teeth. Veneers come in different shades, flawlessly blending with your teeth and are well-tolerated by your gums. They are durable, typically last for many years with meticulous dental hygiene practices and oral care.
With dental veneers, we can give you the instant smile makeover you’ve always dreamed of, masking any blemishes or imperfections, and completely enhancing the look of your smile. You will enjoy a long-lasting solution, immediate positive results, and best of all, a stunning smile!
What Is the Procedure?
You will likely need two to three visits to our office to get your new veneers. We will start with a consultation. Our cosmetic dentist will discuss your desired results and will determine if dental veneers are right for you.
The procedure itself does not require the use of local anesthesia, but it is available to you if needed. We will begin by cleaning your teeth and determining the correct shade for your veneer. We will remove a wafer-thin layer of your tooth enamel to prepare it for your restoration. We will take an impression of your teeth and will send it to our dental laboratory to fabricate the final product. We will place a temporary veneer until your permanent ones are ready.
During the following appointment, we will remove the temporary veneer and clean your teeth before cementing your new dental veneers in place. We will likely use a curing light to attach your restoration to your tooth structure. We will remove any excess material and polish your dental veneer. You will be amazed at the instantaneous transformation of your smile!
Caring For Your New Veneers
A few precautions will ensure that your veneers last for years to come. Make sure not to bite your nails or chew on any hard non-food items such as pens to prevent damaging your new restorations. Refrain from using your teeth as tools, bottle openers, or for opening packages. Avoid biting down on hard foods such as candy, just as you would for your natural teeth.
Grinding your teeth can damage your new veneers. If you suffer from this condition, you can end up harming your new restorations, along with your natural teeth and jaw joints. A custom-fitted dental mouthguard can protect your veneers from damage.
Veneers can collect plaque and tartar buildup the same way your natural teeth do, so it is essential that you keep up with proper dental hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and be sure to keep up with your routine dental exam and cleaning appointments twice a year. Only a dental hygienist can remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, which will likely build up over time. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy will prevent potential problems such as gingivitis and cavities from developing.
Contact Us Today
Visit us at Rancho Dental Studio in Mission Viejo, CA to learn more about dental veneers and our other cosmetic restorations. Our highly-trained and experienced staff will discuss your options and will help you determine the right treatment for you. Get the smile makeover you've always desired! Schedule your appointment today!