If patients are concerned about imperfections in their smile, they may consider consulting with an Encino dentist to explore options for enhancing the appearance of their teeth. Common issues can often be addressed through cosmetic dentistry treatments like porcelain veneers. Dr. Sheila Mahooti recognizes porcelain veneers as a cost-effective, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing solution for specific problems affecting the front teeth, also popular as anterior teeth for people. The front teeth, commonly known as the social six, are the most noticeable when patients engage in activities like speaking, laughing, or smiling.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of these teeth, providing a natural-looking and enhanced appearance.
Veneers Are Useful For Problems Such As:
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Broken teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Worn teeth
Veneers are crafted using tooth-colored porcelain or resin, both biocompatible dentistry materials. Resin veneers are thinner and involve less application work, while porcelain veneers exhibit superior stain resistance and closely resemble natural teeth.
What can I expect from getting porcelain veneers?
The process of getting veneers involves two steps. Initially, your teeth will be prepared by removing a tiny amount (about one-half of a millimeter) of enamel. This is followed by taking an impression of your teeth to create custom-fitted veneers meticulously crafted in our skilled laboratories. During this first appointment, temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth. At the subsequent appointment, our Encino dentist will assess the fit of the veneers and make any necessary adjustments. A special solution is used to bond the veneers securely to the etched surface of your teeth. Then ultraviolet light hardens the solution, ensuring a strong and durable bond. The minimally invasive procedure aims to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.
Patients who opt for Lumineers usually do not require any enamel removal. Instead, teeth impressions are taken, and a dental laboratory utilizes these impressions to create the custom restorations that will be bonded to the teeth.
Lumineers are an alternative option to traditional veneers that can be ideal in certain situations. These ultra-thin veneers require minimal enamel removal compared to traditional veneers. Some patients may be able to have Lumineers placed without any removal of natural enamel, making the process reversible. Lumineers are suitable for patients with relatively straight teeth and primarily seek improvement in shape and color. They can also be recommended for individuals with smaller teeth. Like traditional veneers, Lumineers are custom-made to fit your teeth and are securely bonded, ensuring long-lasting results for years to come.
How do I care for veneers or Lumineers?
Lumineers can be the ideal solution in certain cases, offering a non-traditional approach to veneers. These ultra-thin veneers require minimal enamel removal, as they are designed to be incredibly thin. In fact, in some instances, Lumineers can be placed without enamel removal, allowing for a reversible treatment. They are particularly beneficial for patients with straight teeth who desire improvements in shape and color. Lumineers may also be recommended for individuals with smaller teeth, providing a customized and secure fit. Like traditional veneers, Lumineers are carefully crafted to match your teeth and are securely bonded for long-lasting results that can endure for many years.
What materials are used for veneers?
Veneers are typically crafted from porcelain, with different types of porcelain being utilized based on each patient’s specific needs. Two commonly used types of porcelain for veneers are Lithium disilicate and feldspathic porcelain. Both materials offer strength, durability, and a natural appearance, creating a beautiful smile.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers have several advantages when it comes to enhancing the smile. These veneers are mainly used for aesthetic improvements on the front teeth and offer the following benefits to our patients:
- Porcelain veneers are long-lasting, with a typical lifespan of ten years or more when properly cared for.
- Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for concealing imperfections on the front teeth, such as gaps, misalignment, or damage.
- Porcelain veneers offer an alternative to composite resin bonding, another option for addressing specific aesthetic concerns.
- Porcelain veneers are securely bonded to the front of the teeth, ensuring long-lasting placement.
- Porcelain veneers have a natural appearance as the material closely resembles the color, shape, and size of natural tooth enamel, ensuring a seamless match to the existing teeth.
- Porcelain veneers offer an affordable option and are a fantastic solution for patients prepared to achieve a long-lasting transformation in their smile.
Schedule a visit today for veneers
Contact our dental office today to discover how our Encino dentist can enhance your smile with veneers or Lumineers. Dr. Sheila Mahooti and her team are dedicated to providing cosmetic improvements for patients seeking a remarkable transformation. Call (818) 600-0015 or visit our office at 5363 Balboa BLVD. #325, Encino, CA, 91316 to consult with a knowledgeable professional who is ready to help you explore this option!