Smile by Design Dental Group
Michael Choi, DMD
Prosthodontic, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Irvine, CA
Porcelain veneers help you make your teeth look their best without surgery or total tooth replacement. At Smile by Design Dental Group in Irvine, California, experienced dentist Michael Choi, DMD, and his team design and fabricate your veneers to match the natural contours and color of your original teeth. To see how veneers can make your smile look better than ever before, schedule your appointment online or over the phone today.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin covers that attach to the front surface of your teeth. While they don’t improve the way your teeth fit together or function, they make the frontal surfaces of your teeth look more attractive or similar to one another.
At Smile by Design Dental Group, the team customizes your veneers according to the original shape, size, and color of your teeth so they look as natural as possible. They use porcelain to make the veneers, which comes in a range of colors and has a very similar translucency to natural teeth.
Porcelain is also similar in strength and durability to your natural tooth enamel, the outermost layer of a tooth.
As long as you follow proper care instructions, porcelain veneers can last several years before you detect any wear-and-tear that might require a replacement.
How can veneers improve my smile?
Veneers mimic the natural characteristics of your teeth while eliminating the appearance of many of the most common types of cosmetic damage. Sometimes teeth break or wear down and still function just fine without the need for crowns or dental implants.
As long as you’re addressing issues with teeth in the front of your mouth and not your molars, you can use veneers to cover defects like:
- Minor cracks
- Minor chips
- Discoloration that doesn’t improve with whitening
- Worn-down biting surfaces
- Minor twists or overlaps
- Small or short teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Porcelain veneers from Smile by Design Dental Group are stain-resistant and maintain their white shades. However, it’s important to know that veneers aren’t a reversible treatment since your dentist must alter the structure of your natural teeth before attaching them.
What is the procedure for getting veneers?
As with any dental services at Smile by Design Dental Group, you’ll need to come in for a consultation regarding your goals and oral health.
The team conducts a visual screening before taking scans and X-rays of your smile. Based on their findings, they decide whether or not you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers.
The team buffs your targeted teeth to prepare for the veneers before attaching them. They use a handheld digital scanner to get the exact dimensions and contours of your teeth before designing and fabricating your custom veneers in a lab.
It might take some time to fabricate your veneers, so the team might offer you temporary veneers to wear as you wait.
When your porcelain veneers are ready, the team etches your teeth to help the veneers attach to them securely. Then, they use a firm bonding material to attach the veneers to your teeth and use a curing light to harden it. They send you off with instructions on how to care for your new and cosmetically improved smile.
If you’re interested in improving your smile’s beauty with high-end porcelain veneers, schedule a consultation at Smile by Design Dental Group online or over the phone today.