Making over your smile is no longer the complex procedure it once was. Improvements in porcelain veneer technology simplify the process, reducing some applications to single visits. Dr. Mojgan Hashemi knows that a glowing smile is important to you and can help you make the best first impression. Call her office, Los Robles Dental Plaza in Thousand Oaks, California, or book online for your consultation.
Also called dental laminates, porcelain veneers are thin, translucent shells made of porcelain that bond with the front surface of your teeth. They’re capable of changing the size, color, and shape of your existing teeth. While veneers may also be made from composite materials, porcelain more closely resembles the look of natural teeth, while resisting stains much more effectively.
Veneers address several conditions for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. These include:
There are three stages in a typical veneer application. The first stage is planning with Dr. Hashemi, discussing your expectations and treatment goals. This assures that veneers are right for you, and it may include an exam with X-rays and mouth impressions.
Stage two involves preparing your teeth to receive veneers. Traditional porcelain veneers require removal of enamel from each tooth matching the thickness of the veneer. Dr. Hashemi takes an impression of your teeth and sends that to a lab that constructs the veneers to precisely match your teeth. She may fit you with temporary veneers as you wait for your permanent veneers.
In the last stage, Dr. Hashemi bonds the veneers to your teeth. She cleans and polishes the affected teeth, then etches them to create a good surface for bonding. Ultraviolet light helps to cure the cement that bonds the veneers to your teeth. Dr. Hashemi then cleans up the excess bonding cement and make any needed adjustments. You’ll likely return in a few weeks for a progress assessment.
The process for Lumineers® brand veneers, which Dr. Hashemi also fits for her patients, is a simpler, two-appointment process.
Lumineers are less than half the width of conventional porcelain veneers, at only 0.2 millimeters. Because of this, Dr. Hashemi usually does not need to grind down your natural teeth. The life expectancy of Lumineers veneers is 20 years, and they are removable, since there’s typically no tooth surface preparation.
There’s no stage two, as with conventional veneers, and no need for temporary veneers. You can discuss with Dr. Hashemi if Lumineers veneers are suitable for your needs.