Your smile is the first thing others notice about you, so you want to make a lasting impression and feel confident. If you have broken, discolored, or crooked teeth though, you might try to hide your smile. As a top general and cosmetic dentist in Walnut Creek, California, Sean Karimian, DDS can help enhance your smile with porcelain veneers. Schedule a consultation at Tice Valley Dental to see if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Book by calling the office or by scheduling online.
Porcelain veneers are the most advanced and long-lasting way to perfect your smile. These wafer-thin caps can conceal many types of imperfections, from simple to complex. You might be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers if you have:
It’s important to discuss all of your concerns with your dentist, so that he can help you determine if veneers are right for you.
After your consultation, your next appointment involves preparing each tooth one-by-one and taking impressions of your teeth. Dr. Karimian carefully removes a very small amount of enamel from the outer surface of each tooth. This ensures that every veneer has a clean, textured, and even surface for bonding.
Although this process is generally painless, you might need to be numbed with novocaine to minimize tooth sensitivity issues. Dr. Karimian sends your impressions to a lab, where each porcelain veneer is made for you. Once your veneers come into the office, your next appointment involves having them permanently bonded.
After your veneers are in place, Dr. Karimian goes through and files down any ridges or imperfections that are affecting your bite. Because it can take a few days to get used to the feeling of having porcelain veneers, Dr. Karimian generally likes you to schedule one additional follow-up visit. This way, he can make any additional adjustments and ensure that your veneers aren’t affecting your natural bite.
Porcelain is the most commonly requested type of veneer material because of its durability, as well as its similar texture to your natural teeth. As long as you brush and floss daily and continue getting dental exams and cleanings twice a year, porcelain veneers last about 10-20 years.
Sometimes veneers do fall off, which generally isn’t anything to worry about. If this occurs, keep the veneer in a safe place, and make an appointment with Dr. Karimian. As long as the veneer is in good shape and isn’t broken, he can typically bond it back to your tooth.
Book your porcelain veneers consultation at Tice Valley Dental by calling the office or by using the online booking feature.