If you have chipped, cracked, worn-down, or badly stained teeth, Dr. Renae Wilson may recommend dental veneers in El Cajon, CA. Each veneer is a custom-made porcelain shell designed to fit over your most visible teeth, concealing cosmetic flaws and providing a flattering smile aesthetic. The shade of the veneer, along with its shape and size will be made to match your surrounding teeth so that it blends in perfectly. We encourage you to contact our experienced El Cajon porcelain veneer dentist today to learn more and to schedule a consultation.
Typically, patients require three appointments for the entire procedure:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact us today to learn more about our El Cajon dental veneer treatment options!