A New, Beautiful Smile Is Just a Few Veneers Away
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 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.
Learn More about Dental Veneers
If you’d like more details or want to discuss the cost of dental veneers, please call or email Serene Dental Center today.