The San Diego dentists at La Jolla Family Smile Design know that our patients expect treatments that improve the appearance of their teeth while maintaining a natural look and feel. We strive for perfection with every cosmetic dentistry procedure, including porcelain veneers.
We only use veneers that look natural and complement your dental health. To learn more, please call (858) 454-3044 to schedule a one-on-one appointment at our office near San Diego.
What Are Porcelain Veneers & Can They Fix?
Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are customized to fit front teeth and cover up cosmetic flaws. Some of the issues dental veneers can correct include:
- Chips and cracks
- Severe stains
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps and other spacing problems between teeth
Am I a Candidate for Dental Veneers?
Your candidacy for veneers will depend on a few factors:
- The health of your teeth, including the strength of enamel
- The health of your gum tissue
- Whether or not you grind your teeth
- Issues affecting the aesthetic of your smile, such as staining or chips
To determine whether or not you’re a candidate for dental veneers, one of our dentists will examine your teeth closely and discuss the changes you’d like to make to improve your smile.
Preparing for Porcelain Veneers
Having the right expectations is critical to seeing the results you want with porcelain veneers. If you’re in good dental health and your cosmetic goals can be practically addressed with veneers, we can begin moving forward with the next steps of the treatment.
Veneer Placement Details
The porcelain veneers procedure will take place across two separate appointments. First, it is necessary to remove some of the enamel to prepare the teeth for veneers. Impressions of the prepared teeth will be taken to customize the shape of the veneers. After one to two weeks, your veneers will arrive at our La Jolla office and one of our dentists will bond the shells to your teeth. He will remove any excess porcelain so your veneers fit comfortably, match the shape of your teeth and enhance your smile the way you expected.
Your health and aesthetic needs will be our dentists’ biggest priority through every step of the porcelain veneers procedure. Our dedicated and friendly staff will also do all they can to help you feel comfortable during each visit.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
We place great importance on ongoing education and using only the best cosmetic dentistry solutions to provide patients the optimal treatment they expect. Some of the key advantages of dental veneers include:
- Resistance to staining
- The ability to match the color of the veneers to the color of your teeth for natural results
- Veneers are fabricated into a unique size and shape to meet your individual needs and goals
Veneers don’t require special care, but you should practice good oral hygiene for the sake of treated and natural teeth. If you take good care of your teeth, you should be able to enjoy your newly improved smile for many years to come.
Traditional Veneers vs. “Premium” Brands
Some cosmetic dentists heavily promote the use of ultra-thin veneers that require less preparation than the regular procedure. However, we have found that our San Diego patients benefit much more from traditional porcelain veneers than newer designs.
Some of the reasons we prefer to use traditional treatment methods include:
- Cleaning ultra-thin veneers is more difficult, making plaque buildup more likely
- Traditional veneers are more customizable and fit your teeth more perfectly
- Minimum-prep veneers don’t look as natural as porcelain veneers
What kind of veneers can I get at La Jolla Family Smile Design?
La Jolla Family Smile Design uses porcelain veneers to improve patients’ smiles. Porcelain is a durable material, and when used in veneers, can help you achieve a shining smile that lasts. Porcelain veneers are designed to correct a number of cosmetic dental imperfections and are customized to fit perfectly with your dental anatomy.
Why should I get veneers?
Straight, white teeth are the hallmarks of a great smile, but dental imperfections can detract from your smile and may even impact your self-esteem. This can be especially true when laughing, speaking, and smiling in front of others. If you are bothered by the appearance of chips, cracks, or other imperfections in your smile, veneers can help you get the smile you desire.
How long do dental veneers last?
Veneers are designed to give you a great smile that lasts. With proper care, dental veneers can last 10 to 15 years, allowing you to enjoy your results for years to come.
Why should I choose La Jolla Family Smile Design for my veneers?
Modern veneers can help you achieve a natural-looking smile that is free from imperfections, but your choice of provider can make all the difference in your results. This is why it is important to go with a dentist that is experienced in delivering the results you desire. The dentists at La Jolla Family Smile Design are skilled providers who prioritize patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction. When you choose our facility for your veneers, you can rest assured that your smile is in good hands.
How do I take care of my veneers?
Porcelain veneers do not require special care, but good oral hygiene can help keep your teeth healthy. Brushing and flossing regularly removes harmful plaque that can damage the gums. Your La Jolla Family Smile Design dentist may recommend you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and quality fluoride toothpaste. One major benefit of veneers is that they are designed to be stain-resistant — a dazzling smile will be yours for years to come. This means that you should not use teeth-whitening products on your veneers, as they can scratch them. Be sure to keep up with your regular dental visits to ensure your teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible.
Is the process of getting veneers painful?
The dentists at La Jolla Family Smile Design understand that dental procedures can be a source of anxiety for some patients. Sometimes, patients are hesitant to receive dental treatment due to a fear of any expected pain. Our skilled and compassionate dentists are dedicated to your comfort before, during, and after your veneer procedure. Our team will employ the most appropriate methods to minimize pain and discomfort so that you receive an enhanced experience.
What is the cost of veneers?
The cost of your dental veneers depends on a number of factors, including the location of the veneers as well as the number of teeth being treated. Because of this, an estimate can be provided only after you have been seen by one of our dentists, who will evaluate your unique circumstances. You will be provided with a summary of the costs associated with your procedure at that time.
We know that patients expect the best, which is why we only offer premium materials with a proven success rate for improving your smile.To learn more about porcelain veneers, contact La Jolla Family Smile Design to schedule your initial consultation. We welcome patients throughout San Diego to our office in La Jolla.