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Cosmetic Dentistry: Veneers


You brush, you floss, you even do a little whitening. However, your beautiful smile isn’t beautiful enough. Or worse, some of your teeth are chipped. Some of them may be misshapen. Or you may have a gummy smile. That’s why cosmetic dentistry is a blessing to the dentistry world.

What are Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin, shell-like covers that are bonded to cover the front surface of the tooth. Traditionally made of porcelain, veneers appear similar to natural tooth enamel. Veneers can also be made of resin.

The significant differences between the two is that porcelain resists stains better, and resin requires less natural tooth removal before placement. Either choice, veneers are safe, and they will look and feel completely natural.

Benefits of Veneers

Dental Veneers can help fix many dental issues. While most of them are primarily corrections to the aesthetic of the tooth, dental veneers can also correct potential health concerns.

For example, if you’ve broken a tooth, bacteria can invade the tooth and potentially cause gum disease or a dental abscess. A veneer can act as the new protective layer. Consider porcelain veneers if you have the following:

  • Chipping
  • Discoloration
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Gaps

How Are Dental Veneers Placed on the Tooth?

If you’re considering porcelain veneers, your dentist in Pacifica, California will meet with your for a consultation. During this consultation, your dentist will ask you questions, such as what you want to achieve. Then, they’ll analyze what would look best for your smile. You can even try on different veneers. After that, you decide whether or not veneers are right for you.

Next, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel to prepare the tooth, or teeth, for the veneer. The dentist will make an impression and then send the impression off to the laboratory to create your custom veneer or dental implant. Creation of the veneer takes 7-14 days.

When your dentist receives the veneer, they’ll examine its fit and color. If all is well, the tooth is cleaned and etched, and then the veneer is cemented onto the tooth. When it’s in the perfect position, it is then cured, which permanently sets the veneer.

Need Cosmetic Dentistry in Pacifica, California?

Experience the benefits of porcelain veneers. Having a beautiful smile can improve your self-image. So, what are you waiting for? Our team of dental experts will give a smile to help you look your best all the time. Schedule an appointment at Cabrillo Family Dental Care and leave with a beautiful smile.