A New, Beautiful Smile Is Just a Few Veneers Away

Porcelain Veneers in Irvine

If you are looking for a conservative way to achieve a picture-perfect smile, porcelain veneers may be your best option. These versatile cosmetic restorations are placed over the surface of the teeth to mask imperfections like chips, stains or spaces.

Finding a talented cosmetic dentist that places well-crafted porcelain veneers is key. Irvine veneers patients trust the team at Serene Dental Center for exceptional results that look and feel great.

Reasons to Get Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are an excellent way to restore flawed or unsightly teeth without removing a lot of tooth structure. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of the following:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Teeth with small chips or cracks
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Small gaps between the teeth
  • Teeth that are out of proportion (in size, length or width) with the surrounding teeth

Who Is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

To be considered a good candidate for porcelain veneers, you should have healthy teeth that are free from decay or disease. Your bite should be properly aligned. The teeth that will receive the veneers should be in good structural shape; if they are severely weakened or compromised, they should be reinforced with a stronger restoration, like a porcelain crown. Ideally, you should not clench or grind your teeth, as these habits will put too much force on the veneers and possibly damage them.

How Porcelain Veneers Are Applied

Porcelain Veneers fitting in IrvinePorcelain veneers are completely customized to match the surrounding teeth. The dental team at Serene Dental Center will take impressions of your teeth and help you pick out the color and shade of your veneers. This information will be sent to the dental laboratory that creates your veneers. The cost of dental veneers will depend on several factors, including the number, type and brand of veneers used. This will be discussed with you ahead of time.

Once your veneers are ready, the dentist may remove a small bit of tooth structure in order to make room in the mouth to accommodate the restorations. The veneers will be placed over the surface of your teeth and bonded into place. Any on-the-spot adjustments can be made as needed.

How Are Porcelain Veneers Maintained?

Veneered teeth can be cared for like natural teeth. They should be brushed and flossed daily, and checked by a dentist every six months to a year. With the proper care and attention, veneers can last for many years.

Are There Any Disadvantages to Veneers?

Even the strongest and best cared-for veneers do not last forever. Eventually, they will need to be replaced. Because a small bit of tooth structure is removed prior to the placement of the veneers, the procedure is technically not reversible; the veneered teeth will always need to have a restoration in place.

Also, remember that porcelain veneers do not actually fix the problem; they only conceal it. Another treatment or procedure is needed to address the root of the problem. For example, veneers may mask slightly crooked teeth, but orthodontic treatment (such as with the Invisalign system) will correct the issue.

Dental Veneers FAQs

Because Dr. Ali Mansouri and Dr. Shery Mansouri of Serene Dental Center in Irvine receive so many inquiries about cosmetic dentistry treatments, they decided to create a blog series focusing on the most commonly asked questions. Today, they are answering questions about one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments: porcelain veneers.

What can porcelain veneers fix?

Porcelain veneers are used to correct the appearance of teeth that are:

  • slightly chipped or cracked
  • stained or discolored
  • unevenly spaced or aligned
  • significantly worn

With the proper care and attention, veneers can last a very long time. Some veneers have been reported to last between 7 and 20 years. However, veneers are not impenetrable and may chip, crack or become loose. If there is a problem with a veneer, it should be replaced.

Should I get porcelain veneers if I grind my teeth?

If you are a teeth grinder or clencher, ask your dentist about an occlusal bite guard to protect the veneers from the forces of grinding or clenching.

Does it hurt to get porcelain veneers placed?

No, veneer placement is not painful. The veneered teeth might feel slightly sensitive for a day or two after placement.

Can I lighten porcelain veneers with teeth whitening products?

No, porcelain veneers do not respond to whitening products. They should be matched to the color of the teeth.

Can porcelain veneers develop cavities?

Porcelain cannot decay, but the remaining tooth structure can. Veneered teeth need to be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth, to prevent bacteria from accumulating. Veneers should also be checked by a dentist every six months to look for problems.

Can porcelain veneers stain?

No, the porcelain material should not stain or discolor.

Will my veneers resemble my natural teeth?

Yes, your veneers will be customized to match the size, shape and shade of your existing teeth. Once in place, you won’t be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and your veneers.

Are porcelain veneers reversible?

No, veneers are not reversible. Since they require a small amount of tooth reduction, if they are removed they must be replaced with another restoration.

How much do porcelain veneers cost?

The cost of porcelain veneers depends on several factors, including the type and number of veneers placed. Our dentists can give you a price estimate during consultation, as they learn more about your particular needs.

Contact Serene Dental Center

To schedule a consultation to discuss porcelain veneers, please call (949) 748-7373 or email Serene Dental Center today.