One of the quickest and most effective ways to correct minor dental and orthodontic complaints is through the application of porcelain veneers. These custom-created shells of porcelain material are designed to fit over your existing teeth to provide an immediate improvement in the appearance of your smile. They provide long-lasting results and do not require extensive alterations to the existing tooth structure.
Dr. Naim, who is one of the best cosmetic dentists in Los Angeles, works with her team of highly skilled dental ceramicists to provide outstanding results to those seeking to improve their smiles with dental veneers.
Ideal candidates for porcelain veneers
If you suffer from minor aesthetic dental issues and wish to improve the overall appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers might be the right choice for you. Porcelain veneers are able to correct a wide variety of dental imperfections, including:
- Tooth discoloration
- Chipped, broken or fractured teeth
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Minor tooth misalignments
- Gaps between teeth
While they are suitable for a great number of people, porcelain veneers are not an appropriate solution for everyone. Although veneers are quite strong, they are susceptible to cracking and chipping, particularly with individuals who grind or clench their teeth. Veneers are also unsuitable for individuals who have unhealthy or weak teeth, for example those suffering from gum disease or tooth decay. During your initial consultation, Dr. Naim will assess the overall health of your mouth to determine whether porcelain veneers are the best solution for you.
Prepless vs. traditional porcelain veneers
There are two categories of porcelain veneers in use today – traditional and prepless. With traditional veneers, a small layer of the tooth enamel is removed before the veneer is fitted onto the tooth; however, the goal is always to remove as little of the tooth enamel as possible. Prepless veneers do not require any modification to the tooth surface and can be applied directly to the existing tooth enamel. As such, prepless veneers are fully reversible, while traditional veneers are not.
Prepless veneers are not an option for all patients. Some cosmetic problems cannot be resolved with prepless veneers, in which case Dr. Naim will recommend traditional veneers. When determining whether a patient is a candidate for prepless veneers, Dr. Naim will assess the position and initial condition of the teeth to determine if the desired result can be achieved with prepless veneers.
The process for creating and fitting porcelain veneers is done in three main phases and involves two office visits. During your first appointment, Dr. Naim will examine your teeth, take dental impressions, and make notes about the desired changes. Then Dr. Naim and her specialized team will custom create your porcelain veneers. Finally, you’ll return to Brentwood Dentistry to have your veneers fitted onto your teeth, which can usually be done in less than an hour. The entire process typically takes about two weeks.
Once fitted, porcelain veneers provide a long-lasting result. The number of years that porcelain veneers last varies greatly between individuals, based upon their unique mouth chemistry and dental habits. On average, veneers will last between five and 12 years, with some lasting 20 or more years.
Caring for your porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are very durable and do not require special care. You should care for your dental veneers in the same way you care for your teeth – brush and floss daily and visit your dentist for regular checkups. Dr. Naim also recommends that her patients avoid using abrasive toothpaste, as this can damage the surface of the veneers.
Should your veneers become damaged or worn out after many years of use, they can be replaced. Porcelain veneers can be replaced as a set or individually if damage occurs in localized areas. Your dentist will examine the integrity of your veneers at each visit and should be able to give you an idea about when they will need to be replaced.
Your consultation at Brentwood Dentistry in Los Angeles
If you’re interested in enhancing your smile with porcelain veneers, we encourage you to call our LA dental office. Dr. Naim has been practicing dentistry for our 15 years and is highly skilled in general and cosmetic dentistry. She has a strong aesthetic sense, which is essential skill in dentists who offer porcelain veneers to their patients.
The first step in the process is your initial consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Naim will examine your teeth and assess your overall dental health to help you decide if porcelain veneers are the best solution for you. She will also provide you with an overall cost and timeline for the procedure. Please contact our Los Angeles office to set up your initial consultation today!