Visiting a cosmetic dentist for veneers in San Diego is an excellent way to improve your smile. Veneers can give you a brighter, healthy looking smile, but if you are unfamiliar with veneers, you undoubtedly have questions. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions concerning La Jolla porcelain veneers.
Question 1: What Exactly are Veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell made from porcelain, composite or ceramic materials. The veneers are bonded to the front surface of the tooth to cover only the part of the tooth that is visibly damaged.
Question 2: What Kind of Defects are Porcelain Veneers Used to Correct?
Porcelain veneers in San Diego can repair a variety of tooth damages, including:
Stained teeth-if your teeth are severely stained or yellowed and cannot be lightened with professionally bleaching, veneers are an excellent option for restoring your teeth and giving you a brilliant white smile.
Crooked teeth can often be corrected in only two or three visits to your cosmetic dentist. Unlike braces which may take a year or longer to correct crooked teeth, veneers are an instant fix.
Gaps in your teeth can be easily closed with porcelain veneers.
Chipped and/or broken teeth can be repaired with porcelain veneers and the color of the veneers is made to match your natural teeth.
Question 3: How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers resemble your natural teeth, in that the porcelain is similar to the enamel on your natural teeth. So, as long as you follow a routine that consists of appropriate dental hygiene, including brushing and regular dental visits, your porcelain veneers can last for years, possibly decades.
Question 4: Do Veneers Look Like Natural Teeth?
Absolutely, Porcelain veneers are custom made to fit your teeth and the color is made to match the surrounding natural teeth.
Question 5: Is Getting Porcelain Veneers Painful?
No, the procedure for getting porcelain veneers is not painful. Some patients experience mild sensitivity while the natural tooth is being prepared for the veneer. A local anesthetic can be used when you get veneers or if you prefer, a sedation dentist can apply the veneers while you sleep through the process.
Question6: How do I Choose a Dentist for Porcelain Veneers?
When you are considering porcelain veneers, it is important to choose a cosmetic dentist who has established credentials in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Preferably someone who is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dr. Fakhimi.
If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure for porcelain veneers, Dr. Fakhimi and staff will be happy to help you. Please feel free to contact us for more information on how porcelain veneers can give you a perfect smile.