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Are You Curious About Porcelain Veneers? Get Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

July 10, 2017

Are You Curious About Porcelain Veneers? Get Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve worked with porcelain veneers for many years and the staff at California Dental Group is happy to answer any questions you have. You can also read on to learn more about this unique option. After you’ve done so, reach out to us at (800) 407-0161 to set up your appointment. We look forward to helping you finally have a smile you can be proud of!

Can you explain exactly what porcelain veneers are?

Of course, one of the most common questions we get is what porcelain veneers are. The word veneer refers to an extremely thin covering. It’s designed to change and improve the way a surface looks. When it comes to dentistry, porcelain veneers are used in exactly what way: They cover up any flaws you have in your natural smile while still preserving the strength of your natural teeth.

The veneers themselves are extremely thin – think of wafer-thin – yet very strong. They’re then bonded to the front surface of your tooth. Once we’ve placed them on your teeth, they are permanent. As a result, they’re a long-term salutation to smile flaws you want to get rid of.

What issues do people use veneers to fix?

At California Dental Group, we can use veneers to help with many different issues. For example, we sometimes suggest veneers as an alternative to teeth whitening for people with teeth that have deep stains or have become yellow. We also may recommend them for patients who have teen that have been worn down due to aging, or for patients who have chips or roughened edges. They can also enhance the smile of those who have teeth that seem to be too short.

Finally, we may suggest veneers for patients who have issues with the alignment or spacing of their teeth. For example, they can be used to close small gaps between teeth, as well as other minor adjustments in the position or spacing of teeth. Issues that are more significant are likely best handled through orthodontics.

What is the process like?

First, we’ll go over your smile with you. We’ll consider what you’re unhappy with and what you’d like the end result to be. We’ll then develop the right plan to get there. Once we’ve gone over it and are confident that it’s what you want, then we’ll take a small piece of your tooth material to get ready for placing your veneers.

The next step is to mold your teeth and send them to a lab, where they’ll create your permanent veneers. In the meantime, we’ll create temporary veneers. When we get the permanent ones in, we’ll bring you back to our offices so you can get your permanent veneer – and a permanently beautiful smile!

Veneers aren’t for everyone and they can’t fix every dental issue. However, if you wish you had whiter teeth, if you’d like to fix a small gap in your teeth, or if you wish your teeth weren’t so worn, veneers may be a great choice. Contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 right away to learn more or to make your appointment.

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