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You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.
Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.
Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.
To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.
We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.
In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.
When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.
If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”
Discover more about dental veneers and how they could help you.
How often do you notice someone’s smile before you notice anything else? It’s not uncommon for this to be one of the first features we notice about a person. Keeping that in mind, it’s important that you have a smile that looks as great as you feel. A beautiful smile instills confidence. If you aren’t confident in your smile our Torrance, CA, cosmetic dentists are here to tell you how dental veneers could help.
How do dental veneers work?
Veneers are custom-made restorations designed to cover the entire front surface of your teeth. These restorations are very thin and are even matched to the shade of your teeth to blend in. Since veneers are often made from porcelain, no one will be able to tell you have veneers but you.
How are veneers placed?
Once our Torrance, CA, dentists have examined your smile and determined that not only are your teeth healthy and strong enough for this treatment but that your smile is also free of decay, then we will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth.
Next, impressions are taken of the teeth that will be treated with veneers. Our trusted dental lab will use these impressions we take to create your beautiful new veneers. In the meantime, we may decide to place temporary veneers over your teeth to protect them.
It usually takes up to one week to get your new veneers sent to us. Once this happens you’ll come back into our office for a fitting. Once we know you are happy with your restoration we will apply bonding cement between your veneer and your tooth and then use a dental light to harden the cement. We will also polish the veneers once they are bonded to ensure that they offer a natural and beautiful shine.
Hillside Dentistry & Orthodontics in Torrance, CA, is ready to give you the cosmetic dentistry you need to revamp your smile. Feeling confident in the way you look is important, and a perfect smile can truly help. Call our office today to schedule your initial consultation.
Whether you wish to subtly change your smile to correct its small imperfections or you are looking for a complete smile makeover, dental veneers can help you take the bull by the horns and get the smile you have always wanted. Veneers’ versatile nature can provide exactly the results you dream of in just a few dental appointments. Learn more about dental veneers with your dentists at Hillside Dentistry in Torrance, CA.
How can dental veneers help my smile?
Thanks to their design, dental veneers can change the shape, height, width and color of your teeth. A single veneer can cover imperfections on one tooth or your dentist can use a veneer on every visible tooth to completely overhaul your smile. Veneers’ porcelain materials greatly resemble natural teeth and blend in with your smile to provide the most natural look possible. Dentists use veneers in many situations, including to repair:
- cracked teeth
- chipped teeth
- discolored or yellowed teeth
- uneven teeth
- small gaps
- small overlaps
Are dental veneers permanent?
Veneers are a permanent porcelain dental restoration and made to last upwards of 20 years before requiring replacement. Since veneers require preparation of the tooth, the procedure is considered irreversible. The preparation stage of veneers involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the tooth to help the veneer bond to the tooth and to make room for its width.
Dental Veneers in Torrance, CA
Your veneers will look and function like natural teeth. Also similar to natural teeth, your veneers will require a strong at-home dental care routine to help them remain strong, healthy and clean and lengthen their lifetime. Luckily, caring for your veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day using a soft brush. Use a back-and-forth motion to brush the front and back of each tooth. Additionally, floss at least once daily between each tooth, remembering to include the back of your last molar. Coupled with regular bi-annual dental examinations and cleanings, your at-home oral care routine will keep your natural teeth and veneers healthy for many years to come.
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Hillside Dentistry in Torrance, CA. Call (310) 530-4300 to schedule your appointment with your cosmetic dentist today!
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
Porcelain veneers represent one of the best values in cosmetic dentistry, capable of radically changing a person’s smile with little tooth surface preparation. Still, the small amount of tooth enamel usually removed to accommodate them will permanently alter the affected teeth, to the point they will require a veneer or other restoration from then on.
The traditional veneer has remarkable versatility for solving a number of minor cosmetic problems, correcting mild tooth positioning problems and replacing lost or damaged enamel. But to avoid an unnatural bulky appearance, a portion of the tooth enamel must be permanently removed to accommodate them.
In recent years, though, a new concept known as “prepless veneers” has emerged in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Understandably, this new, “drill-free” veneer application has caused a lot of debate among dentists and patients alike, with concerns of bulky, overly-contoured teeth resulting from the technique. But the concept is growing as many well-regarded dentists have incorporated both minimal prep and prepless veneers into their service offerings.
The prepless veneer offers a cosmetic solution that doesn’t alter the tooth permanently. Using techniques such as feathering, which tapers and blends the veneer seamlessly with the tooth at the gum line, we can avoid an unnatural appearance while offering patients a much less invasive outcome.
The main disadvantage of prepless veneers at this time is that they’re not appropriate in every case. In fact, careful patient selection is a key to a successful outcome. For example, relatively large teeth or teeth positioned too far forward don’t work well with an added layer of thickness.
If, on the other hand, you have small, short or worn teeth, or teeth overshadowed by your lips — just to name a few likely scenarios — then you may benefit immensely from prepless veneers without permanent alteration to your teeth. A detailed examination is your first step to finding out if this new technique could provide you with a less-invasive smile makeover.
If you would like more information on drill-free porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers without the Drill.”