Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Veneer Makeover


When Natalia first came to our office she wouldn't smile or show her teeth. She'd had terrible experiences with dentists, but decided to take a chance on us. And boy are we glad she did! Through process of root canals, laser treatment, a deep cleaning, porcelain veneers and crowns, her dental health and smile transformed. We will describe each treatment in the future, but today we want to focus on veneers.

What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that are cemented to the top layer of a tooth.

Why are they used?
Often, veneers are placed for cosmetic purposes, but in many cases are used to enforce the structure of a tooth if it has been damaged in any way.

What is the porcelain veneer process?
1. A very thin layer of the tooth/teeth is shaved down 
2. An impression of the tooth/teeth is taken and sent out to be made by a dental lab. 
3. A temporary veneer/s (typically made of resin material) is placed.
4. Typically within a couple of weeks the permanent veneer(s) are made
5. The temporary veneer is replaced with the permanent veneer and cemented.

How long do they typically last?
Depending on where they are made, and the quality of materials used, veneers should usually last 10-20 years.

How many should I get?After consulting with your dentist, he/she may suggest anywhere from a single veneer, to 20 veneers. For cosmetic purposes, veneers are typically placed in sets of 2, 4,6,8, etc. Most tend to get 6-8 veneers to cover their smile line. Some get them just on their top anterior teeth, while others get them on both the top and bottom portion of their smile lines. It really varies from patient to patient.
What is the cost a porcelain veneer? 
Porcelain veneers can be very expensive, however, they are very affordable at our office. Every case is different based on the number of veneers needed, but we will always work with our patients on the price and also offer payment plans!

Please come in for a consultation so that we can help your smile transformation!
310.398.5400
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