Most people aren’t born with a perfect smile. When your baby teeth fall out, there’s a good chance your adult teeth won’t come in perfectly straight. Other issues, like a tooth injury, can lead to discolored teeth or a chip or crack. Fortunately, veneers can restore your smile.
At Lancaster Dental Care Associates in Lancaster, California, Dr. Kamram Saidara and his team provide various cosmetic dentistry options to optimize your smile. From in-office whitening to porcelain veneers, Dr. Kamram Saidara and his team are ready to help you achieve optimal oral health.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are custom shells that fit on the front of your teeth to hide or fix imperfections. They offer a solution to chronic dental issues that can’t be treated through other means.
For example, if you have discolored teeth that haven’t responded to whitening treatments, veneers can cover the stain. Or, if one of your teeth is shorter than the others, a veneer can correct the length so it matches your other teeth.
Veneers are made of porcelain or a resin composite material. Porcelain veneers are like a cap for your tooth, covering both the front and the sides. Some of your enamel must be removed to place porcelain veneers. Once placed, porcelain veneers are strong and durable.
Resin-based veneers fit over the front of your tooth and don’t always require enamel to be removed from your tooth. They’re easier to fix if something happens to the veneer and are more affordable.
Dental veneers are permanently attached to your teeth, so you want to make sure you’re ready for this change because it’s not reversible.
Issues that veneers correct
Veneers are a great option to give you perfectly shaped, white teeth. They are typically used on the teeth on the top of your mouth that you see when you smile. Dental issues they fix include:
- Gapped teeth
- Chips or cracks
The veneers are custom-fitted to your mouth and teeth. That is why they’re so versatile in fixing various dental issues. They are shaped and colored to match the rest of your teeth to blend in perfectly.
Getting veneers is a quick process, which makes it more appealing than braces or other appliances used to straighten your teeth. If you only have one or two teeth that need to be fixed, veneers could be the better option.
What to expect during your visit
When you decide on veneers, our team uses porcelain veneers. At your initial consultation, our team examines your smile.
Once we know your goals, we use local anesthetics to numb the treatment area. Then our team removes a tiny amount of enamel and makes an impression of your teeth to send to a lab.
While the lab is making your permanent veneers, a temporary set is placed on your teeth to protect your smile.
At the final appointment, the porcelain veneers are attached to your teeth using a special cement. Once in place, you can head home with a beautiful smile.
Typically, porcelain veneers last anywhere from 10-20 years. To take care of them, avoid chewing on hard objects and wear a night guard if you clench or grind your teeth.
If you’re interested in learning more about veneers, call our office at 661-215-8130 to book a consultation with a member of our team, or request an appointment online today.