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Porcelain Veneers in Los Gatos, CA

Veneers are thin ceramic restorations that mimic the shape and structure of the natural teeth. They are bonded to the front surface of the teeth, thereby covering the surface imperfections. They are mainly used to bring about an aesthetic uplift and give you a more pleasing smile. Along with this, veneers treat problems like cracked, chipped, worn out, or excessively spaced teeth.

 

At Dr. Mahsa Esfandiari Dental Group, we offer exceptional dentistry services for the whole family. From general cleanings and preventative care to cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers that improve your smile’s overall appearance, we are proud to be your full-service dental practice in Los Gatos, CA.

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What Are Porcelain Veneers?

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Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment that enhances the look of your smile while mimicking the color of your natural teeth. These extremely thin, tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front, visible surface of your teeth, changing a tooth’s color, shape, size, and even length. While veneers can consist of either porcelain or composite resin, porcelain veneers are often the preferred choice of dentists and patients.
Porcelain offers a more natural, tooth-like appearance, reflecting light in the same way teeth do. They tend to be easier to care for, resisting staining more effectively than resin. Porcelain veneers are also highly durable, with most lasting up to 15 years.
Porcelain dental veneers can correct various dental issues, including:
  • Physical damage, such as tooth cracks, chips, and breaks.
  • Stains and discoloration.
  • Misshapen or irregular teeth.
  • Small gaps.

What Is the Procedure for Getting a Veneer?

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Veneers are simple restorations that can be completed in a couple of visits to the dentist’s practice. The dentist cleans the teeth thoroughly to get rid of the microbes and disinfect the teeth. The tooth receiving the veneer will be buffed to remove a thin layer of enamel from its surface. This creates space for the veneer to be placed while keeping the tooth’s size healthy. 

The dentist uses a digital hand-held scanning device to scan the tooth and create a digital mold. This mold will be shared with a dental laboratory to fabricate the restoration.

During the next visit, the dentist prepares the tooth for the restoration by cleaning it. The veneer will be placed on the tooth and checked for perfect fit and comfort. If it doesn’t fit, minor changes will be made to its structure. An etching solution helps roughen the tooth so that the veneer can adhere well to its surface. The dentist uses photosensitive dental adhesives to bond the veneer to the tooth, after which it will be hardened using a curing light. Then, it will be polished to enhance its appearance.

What Are the Advantages of Veneers?

Dental veneers are an excellent cosmetic solution for many dental imperfections. They improve the appearance of your smile and boost your confidence, and these small fixtures also offer several distinct advantages:

  • High-quality materials: The dentist fabricates veneers from a dental-grade ceramic material. It is highly customizable to match the exact color, texture, and transparency of the natural teeth.
  • Simplicity: A very thin layer of enamel will be removed from the tooth. This way, veneers help you retain the natural tissues of the mouth.
  • Durability: Veneers are highly durable. 
  • Dual purposes: Veneers are versatile restorations used for both cosmetic and restorative purposes.
  • Low maintenance: Veneers do not require any extra care. Regular brushing and flossing of the teeth will help keep them in good shape.
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What to Expect After Getting Porcelain Veneers

Once your porcelain veneers are bonded in place, your recovery will be quite simple and relatively short. After your appointment, you can eat and chew as you normally would. It may take you a few days to adjust to the feel of your new veneers. You may also notice some rough spots from excess cement used during the procedure. However, these should wear down in a couple days or from normal eating and teeth brushing.
 
If your bite does not feel right or the cement’s rough patches continue to bother you, let your dentist know. Our team can arrange a follow-up appointment to correct these issues if needed.
 
While porcelain dental veneers do not require any special care, taking a few precautions will maintain their beauty and ensure you enjoy these durable restorations for years to come:
  • Maintain dental hygiene: Continue following the best dental hygiene practices, such as daily flossing and brushing. You can still get cavities under or around your veneers.
  • Avoid hard items: Avoid chewing hard objects like fingernails, ice, hard candies, and pens. Veneers can chip or break under pressure. 
  • Do not use your teeth to open things: Do not use your teeth to open bottles, boxes, or packages.
  • Avoid the front teeth: Avoid chewing with your front teeth. Cutting up hard foods into smaller bites will allow you to chew these with your back teeth only.
  • Prevent tooth grinding: If you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, talk to your dentist about getting a mouthguard to protect your veneers.
  • Use protection during sports: Wear a sports mouthguard when playing high-impact sports.

Get Porcelain Veneers in Los Gatos

At Dr. Mahsa Esfandiari Dental Group, we want to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, including how much they cost and whether you’re a good candidate for this cosmetic procedure, we invite you to visit our Los Gatos office.

Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (408) 371-1070 to have a consultation with any of our Los Gatos Dental Group dentists, and we will be happy to help!

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