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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers El Cajon, CA

Improve Your Smile With Porcelain Dental Veneers

Veneers are ultra-thin, tooth-colored shells made to fit precisely on the front of teeth to improve their appearance. Porcelain veneers are one of the most effective ways to cover imperfections such as chips, permanent stains and even misaligned or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers provide a far more conservative treatment approach to changing a tooth’s color, size, or shape. Patients whose teeth have been stained by tetracycline, an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure are ideal candidates for porcelain veneers, for they mask discolorations on front teeth. Likewise, patients uncomfortable with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.

What is the Procedure like?

Typically, patients require three appointments for the entire procedure:

  1. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  2. Preparation
  3. Bonding

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

We want our patients to take an active role in the design of their new smiles as well as be fully informed on every step of care. Therefore, we spend time working with each patient to explain options. We work with you to plan your smile and answer questions during each step in the decision-making process. We want to ensure your understanding of the pros, cons, and limitations of the procedure. If you need more than one consultation to feel comfortable, that’s okay with us.

Preparation of Teeth:

This appointment will take from one to two hours. The teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, only about a half a millimeter of the tooth enamel is removed. At this appointment, we make a mold and send to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. The laboratory can take anywhere from one to two weeks.

Bonding of Veneers:

Your final bonding appointment will take about an hour. We first place the veneers on your teeth to check for precise fit and color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, we have you view the esthetic results, paying particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. We then cleanse the teeth with special chemicals that help achieve a bond and sandwich a bonding agent between the veneer and tooth. We use a special light to harden the bonding agent.

Are Porcelain Veneers Durable?

Our high-tech laboratory uses an advanced dental porcelain that is valued for both its beauty and durability. The porcelain, unlike your tooth enamel, is not porous, so it is more stain resistant. Today’s porcelain veneers when properly fitted are incredibly hard and resistant to damage, just like your teeth. If you properly care for your veneers, you can expect them to last between 10 and 15 years. Of course, individual habits can shorten or lengthen the life span of your veneers, just like your teeth. If you take care of them as you would your teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, you can enjoy a beautiful and natural smile for a long time.

Patients Love Their Veneers

Patients say their veneers have caused them to smile more, making them feel better overall. Studies show veneers boost self-esteem. Porcelain veneers can take years off your appearance. If you’d like to talk to Dr. Renae Wilson about veneers, give us a call to see if you’re a good candidate for this popular option.