Veneers are one of the “gems” of cosmetic dentistry. They are versatile and can address a number of cosmetic concerns that patients may have. If a patient has a slightly misaligned tooth, they can have a veneer bonded to the front of it to give the appearance of being straight and in the proper place.
Porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are made to match a patient’s smile and bond to the visible surface of a tooth. To prepare for a veneer, Dr. Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley will remove a small portion of the patient’s enamel before taking an impression. The impression is used to create the veneer and ensure that it fits properly on the tooth being addressed. Patients will be able to see a wax-up to get a good idea of what their new veneers will look like. When the final veneers are ready for placement, patients will come back to the dental office to have them bonded on, and will walk out of the office with a beautiful smile!
Though veneers are relatively strong, they need to be protected and cared for as you would care for your own teeth. Patients are often advised to have a night guard to wear once they have their veneers. Unbeknownst to many patients, they may grind and clench their teeth at night, which can result in breakage and loss of porcelain veneers. If you are investing in your smile, it is important to consider a night guard to ensure that your veneers last as long as expected. Patients who have veneers still run the risk of cavity development on the natural tooth underneath. Dr. Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley strongly encourages her patients to continue seeing her every six months for their recall appointment for a thorough examination and to ensure that cavities are not forming underneath the porcelain veneers.
At Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley, we offer a variety of dental services for the entire family. From general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry, we focus on providing you with a beautiful, healthy smile! Call today for a consultation appointment!