San Diego, CA Porcelain Veneers-Cosmetic Dentist Dr. A. FakhimiNormally, a good alternative to crowns, veneers are very thin pieces of specially shaped porcelain or plastic that are attached over the front of your teeth. It is a great procedure as it needs very little or no anesthesia. The appearance of the veneers, when applied by a licensed cosmetic dentist, is virtually interchangeable compared to natural teeth, meaning a very genuine look for you. The people who mainly taken advantage of this procedure, suffer from severely discolored, chipped, crooked, broken, cracking or pitted teeth.
Very different from crowns, veneers do not require the cosmetic dentist to remove a significant amount of the tooth. They usually only have remove very little tooth. This is important to you because it cuts down on the possibility of trauma to your tooth.
What can you expect?
Your initial visit to your Dr. Fahkimi’s office consists of an exam, to be sure that this procedure is right for you. This is where you are able to ask the Dr. Fahkimi any questions or concerns you may have, and also if he/she feels you are a good candidate for the procedure. After this, your second visit will typically involve the Dr. Fahkimi creating an impression of your teeth, and your third visit will consist of attaching the veneers onto your teeth.
Prior to the veneer being permanently placed on your tooth, Dr. Fahkimi will temporally place the veneer on your tooth to examine its fit and color. Dr. Fahkimi will make the necessary changes, if any, to achieve perfect fit. The next step is the cleaning, polishing and etching (scraping kind of, it roughens the tooth to allow for better bonding. The cement or bonding, is then spread on to the veneer, which is positioned on your tooth. Dr. Fahkimi then uses a laser, which triggers the chemicals in the bonding, or cement, to harden quickly.
The final process is quite simple, and involves cleaning up any excess cement and making sure your bite is proper. Expect Dr. Fahkimi to request for you to come in, for a follow up appointment, a couple weeks later, This allows your Dr. Fahkimi to do a final examination of the veneers placement, along with being sure your gums are responding well to the presence of your new veneers.
Porcelain veneers are a very thin porcelain material that is applied to your tooth. This procedure requires at least two (probably three) visits to Dr. Fahkimi and also a dental laboratory to construct your veneers. Some of your tooth is shaved off, so the veneers can fit properly.
Pros of Porcelain Veneers:
- Last at least 10-15 years, and sometimes even longer
- Very difficult to stain
- Strong and very durable
- Can strengthen your tooth