Porcelain Veneers

Most people have certain dental issues that affect their smiles and cause self-consciousness. Perhaps you’re concerned about the permanent stains or discoloration on your teeth. Perhaps you’re concerned about the gaps in your teeth or their misalignment. Maybe it’s all of the above, and that’s precisely where porcelain veneers come into the picture. Dr. Addy provides custom-designed porcelain veneers covering all of your dental anomalies and concerns, giving you a fabulous and uniform smile.

To learn more about porcelain veneers, please contact Carlsbad Beach Dental, Drew Addy DDS, at (760) 729-5881 or schedule an appointment online today.

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What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded to the front face of your teeth to correct most of your cosmetic concerns. They don’t address the underlying issues, such as stains, misalignment, etc., but they enhance the external appearance. The porcelain wafers are custom-designed according to your facial anatomy, cosmetic expectation, and skin color to give you a perfect smile. Since porcelain veneers address all cosmetic concerns instantly, they’re often called “instant orthodontics.” The best veneers are made of porcelain because it’s the most natural-looking material. Porcelain closely resembles the color, translucency, and texture of enamel, i.e., the material on the outermost layer of your teeth. It even reflects light in the same way as enamel, giving it the most natural appearance. Porcelain veneers are impossible to distinguish from natural teeth. And they’re also stain-resistant, so the maintenance is easy!

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers can address most cosmetic issues, including stained or discolored teeth, worn-out teeth, visible chips, gaps between the teeth, and mildly misaligned teeth. However, they only address cosmetic concerns, nothing more. As such, you can only get porcelain veneers if you’re in overall good health, maintain optimal oral health, don’t have gum disease, don’t suffer from teeth grinding, have sufficient enamel for the veneers, and have a properly aligned bite.

At Carlsbad Beach Dental, Drew Addy DDS, Dr. Addy will carefully examine your teeth and run some tests to determine if you’re the ideal candidate for porcelain veneers. If you have some underlying issues that need to be addressed, he’ll design a treatment plan for those dental issues before the veneers. If you’re not a viable candidate, for whatever reason, he’ll also recommend alternative cosmetic dentistry solutions best suited for your specific reasons.

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Porcelain Veneers Benefits:

Instant Enhancements
Porcelain veneers are called “instant orthodontics” for a reason — they instantly enhance your cosmetic appearance. Most orthodontic procedures, including braces and Invisalign, take months or years to work. However, porcelain veneers can address minor misalignment issues instantly. The veneers are simply bonded to the front face of your teeth — and voila!

Multiple Cosmetic Concerns
Porcelain veneers don’t just address misalignment issues, but also other cosmetic concerns — mild chips, worn-out teeth, discoloration, stains, etc. Most of these cosmetic concerns will need different treatments, such as fillings, teeth whitening, braces, etc., to address them, but porcelain veneers could address all those concerns at once.

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Prevent Teeth Discoloration
When you get porcelain veneers, they cover up most of your dental surfaces. When you consume foods or beverages, they don’t come in contact with your natural teeth or enamel. This protects your actual teeth and prevents discoloration. The veneers can last over a decade, and then you’re back to your natural teeth.

Minimal Maintenance
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, so their color won’t change over time. Your dentist will prepare a set of veneers using the ideal shade of white to enhance your smile while looking natural. Porcelain veneers are non-porous, unlike enamel, so they don’t retain stains. You’ll still have to maintain oral hygiene, but you won’t have to worry about discoloration.

Porcelain Veneers Procedure

Your porcelain veneer procedure will start with an evaluation. Dr. Addy will examine your teeth, take X-rays, and run additional tests to evaluate the underlying condition of your teeth. As mentioned previously, you can only get veneers if you don’t have severe misalignment, gum disease, cavities, or other underlying dental problems. If you’re the ideal candidate, Dr. Addy will discuss all our porcelain veneer options and recommend the ideal treatment plan for your specific needs.

Placing traditional porcelain veneers involves shaving off a thin layer from your natural enamel to accommodate the veneers. The dentist will only need to remove approximately one millimeter of enamel from the front surface of your teeth. You can rest assured that removing some of the enamel won’t affect your overall dental health. After preparing your teeth, the veneers will be bonded over the roughened surface of your teeth. The dentist will make some final adjustments and polish the teeth.

If possible, your dentist might also recommend an alternative veneer process that doesn’t require any enamel removal, allowing you to retain your natural tooth completely. Please contact Carlsbad Beach Dental, Drew Addy DDS, to discuss your porcelain veneer options today.

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