A healthy smile can be unattractive due to minor cosmetic flaws like staining, discoloration or spaces between the teeth. Porcelain veneers are often used for these types of imperfections to improve the appearance of the teeth. If you’re displeased with how your teeth look and would like a long-term solution, porcelain veneers may be the just what you’re looking for.
Porcelain veneers are durable, wafer-thin shells made of porcelain which are bonded to the surfaces of the teeth to cover imperfections. The porcelain material used to make veneers is slightly translucent. This allows some light to pass through the veneers instead of just reflecting it. This makes the veneers look completely natural, allowing you to smile with confidence, knowing your teeth look great.
Uses for Veneers
Porcelain veneers can be used to address numerous cosmetic issues with the teeth including:
- Misaligned teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too large or too small
- Gapped teeth
Placing Porcelain Veneers
Getting veneers typically requires two visits with your dentist in San Ramon with little or no anesthesia required. The teeth are prepared for the veneers by shaping their surfaces to allow for the thickness of the veneers. An impression is taken of the teeth and sent to an off-site lab that prepares the veneers. Together, you and your dentist will choose a shade or color that best matches the rest of your teeth.
At your second appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth surfaces by cleaning the teeth and roughening the surfaces to ensure the veneers bond securely to the teeth. Then a dental adhesive is used to attach the veneers to the teeth. A safe, ultraviolet light is then used to harden the bond. Porcelain veneers are very strong and durable, allowing you to bite and chew food as you normally would without worrying about the veneers loosening or coming off. Porcelain veneers can last for many years before they need to be replaced. We will provide you with complete instructions for caring for your veneers.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right For You?
If you would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers, please request an appointment with us today. If we determine that you are indeed a good candidate for veneers, you can obtain your beautiful and attractive new smile in less than three weeks! We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve!