Porcelain veneers are a great way to whiten your teeth and improve your smile. Our dentist in La Mesa can evaluate your teeth and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Porcelain veneers are designed to help your smile look its best!
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
The benefits of porcelain veneers are numerous. The ultra-thin wafers are colored to match your existing teeth or to give the appearance of whiter and healthier teeth. Once they are secured in place, they look, act and function just like teeth without veneers. The newer porcelain even reflects light in the same manner as natural enamel, which makes them more discrete and unnoticeable to family members, coworkers and friends. Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to perfectly fit your smile. When bonded to your teeth, porcelain veneers can make your smile appear beautiful and flawless. Veneers can enhance your smile by:
- Changing the shape and size of teeth
- Lightening teeth affected by stains or discolorations
- Correcting crooked teeth
- Fixing unwanted/uneven gaps between teeth
- Repairing teeth that have worn or chipped
- Whiter Smile
The thin porcelain wafers are also resistant to coffee, tea and nicotine stains, and they are designed to hold their appearance for 5-7 years.
Porcelain Veneers with our La Mesa Dentist
Dr. Ben Mandel can assess your crooked, misshapen and stained teeth and determine if you would make a good candidate for porcelain veneers. The process of attaching the thin porcelain wafers involves cleaning the surfaces of the teeth to be corrected and filing away a small portion of your existing enamel to create a surface that readily bonds to the dental resin and the veneer. This process can be used to fill uneven gaps between the teeth, correct crooked or misshapen teeth and to cover severely stained or discolored teeth. This process can be performed by itself or as part of a smile makeover that includes whitening the remainder of the clean and performing a teeth cleaning.
Dr. Mandel has been placing Lumineers, or Lumineer type veneers, since 1983. These usually involve minimal reduction of construction with no anesthesia in most instances. We call it instant orthodontics.
Call 619-660-0022 To Make an Appointment
Our dentist, Dr. Mandel, has spent many years studying dental veneers and training with some of the world’s most prestigious cosmetic dentists. The actual process of preparing the teeth and placing the wafers requires a significant amount of training and attention to detail to ensure the veneers are in properly in place and attached securely to the teeth.
Dr. Mandel has trained with many of the leading esthetic dentistry experts in the country and we use the same techniques used in the Smile Makeover TV shows. To schedule an appointment to learn more about veneers and how they can help you improve your smile, call our office at 619-660-0022
Procedure for Porcelain Veneers
The process typically takes three visits. The first visit is to determine if you are a good candidate and to start the process of planning your treatment. This could include just the veneers or the veneers and additional services such as teeth cleaning, teeth whitening and other dental restorative work.
The second visit involves filing a small portion of the enamel from your teeth and casting detailed molds of the teeth that are going to receive the porcelain. The molds are then used to create the veneers. Once we have the porcelain wafers, a final visit is needed to fit and attach them. If the color of the veneers needs to be adjusted, we can change it by using lighter or darker shades of dental resin.
These new veneers are thin porcelain facings that cover the tooth and can be used to reshape, repair, or restore a tooth back to it’s original size or even better! They are bonded to the tooth using a resin material and they are used to fill in spaces in teeth, large chips on the teeth, and cover up discolorations on teeth. Many people choose to have porcelain veneers placed on their teeth in cases where wearing braces (orthodontics) is not an option. Excellent results can be created from veneers in a matter of weeks, as opposed to wearing braces for months or years. We call it “instant orthodontics”. Sometimes veneers are done to complete orthodontic cases where there simply isn’t enough tooth structure to fill in the spaces needed due to a large arch. New materials currently available allow the dentist to place porcelain veneers that have a very similar microscopic alignment of the crystals which allows it to mimic the reflective surfaces that our natural enamel offers, giving even more life-like appearance.