Does the color, condition, or shape of your teeth leave you feeling self-conscious? Maybe you have small gaps between your teeth, or your teeth don’t respond to traditional whitening treatments? Then you’re probably a good candidate for porcelain veneers. At Lancaster Dental Care Associates in Lancaster, California cosmetic and family dentist Kamran Saidara, DDS, regularly uses porcelain veneers to help both men and women feel more confident about their smiles. To learn more about this effective and minimally invasive treatment option, call the office or use the online booking tool today.
Porcelain veneers are custom-designed, tooth-colored jackets that Lancaster Dental Care Associates affixes to the front of your natural, permanent teeth. These laminates provide a durable and affordable way to restore the appearance of your smile, without the need for more invasive techniques such as dental crowns.
Porcelain veneers only cover the parts of your tooth that require a change in shape or color. This generally means less prep time and quicker results.
Porcelain veneers can address a variety of dental imperfections, including:
Lancaster Dental Care Associates might also recommend dental veneers if you have small gaps or spaces between your teeth.
Receiving dental veneers usually takes a series of appointments. At your first appointment, the team takes a series of oral X-rays, examines your teeth and gums, and asks you about your aesthetic goals for treatment. During this part of the appointment, it’s important to play an active role. Let the team know what you don’t like about your smile so they can help correct it.
If the team determines you’re a good candidate for veneers, they begin preparing your teeth. First, they administer a local anesthetic. After numbing your tooth roots and gums, they carefully remove a thin layer of enamel, equivalent to the thickness of the veneers. Next, they take impressions of your teeth and send the impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your veneers.
Several weeks later, you return to Lancaster Dental Care Associates for your final appointment. Before bonding your veneers to your teeth, the team administers a local anesthetic and carefully aligns the veneers over your teeth. They apply dental cement to each tooth and attach each veneer, drying the adhesive with a special light.
To care for your porcelain veneers, it’s important that you brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning. You should also avoid bad habits such as nail-biting or chewing on ice, to prevent chips or cracks from developing.
Don’t let yellow or misshapen teeth prevent you from smiling or laughing with confidence. Schedule a consultation to discuss porcelain veneers by calling Lancaster Dental Care Associates or using the online booking tool today.