We all know that a beautiful smile creates a great first impression in social and business situations. If you are less than thrilled with the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry provides many options to fit your needs and your budget. One really popular option that we use at the Cosmetic Dentist Manhattan Beach is porcelain veneers.
Why Should I Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are effective if your smile needs cosmetic enhancement to improve their overall appearance. Veneers work well to resolve a number of cosmetic concerns like damaged, crooked, chipped, and broken front teeth. Placement of porcelain veneers can dramatically alter the appearance of your smile; that’s why they are sometimes referred to as instant orthodontics.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Veneers are very thin porcelain shells that are bonded permanently to the surface of your teeth. The beauty of porcelain is that it offers the same translucency, color, shade and appearance of your natural teeth. Veneers placed by our Cosmetic Dentist Manhattan Beach of porcelain can also be used to correct the appearance of teeth that are worn down, chipped, misaligned, or irregularly shaped. They may also be used to fix a single broken or chipped tooth.
What Does Getting Veneers Involve?
Our patients really enjoy the fact that porcelain veneers can usually be placed in only two or three visits. During your first visit we will discuss the finished result you are looking for – shape, size, and color. We take impressions of your teeth and remove a small bit of enamel from the tooth surface so the veneer will bond firmly with your teeth.
Once the veneers have been custom-created, we make final adjustments so they fit your teeth perfectly. The veneers are affixed using special cement that will create a firm bond with your natural teeth. We usually schedule a follow-up visit so we can ensure proper placement and check to see that your gums are adapting well to the veneers.
How Long Will My Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are considered to be permanent in terms of their placement, but like most dental restorations they will not last a lifetime and eventually need to be replaced. With proper oral hygiene and routine visits to your dentist, you can expect your porcelain veneers to last for as long as 15 years.