Porcelain Veneers Santa Monica, CA

Porcelain Veneers An Overview

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic solution to a range of dental concerns. Similar to a contact lens, dental veneers are ultra-thin shells that attach to the front surface and sides of the affected tooth. They cover the front and sides completely, making them an ideal solution for various cosmetic concerns.

Dr. Dall’Olmo conservatively uses dental veneers to enhance a smile with a stable oral foundation.

What Porcelain Veneers Treat

Porcelain veneers can treat a wide variety of cosmetic problems. Traditionally, professional teeth whitening is the solution to treat discolored teeth. But not all staining responds to traditional whitening techniques. Deeper staining from medication or discoloration from trauma can’t be taken care of with teeth whitening. Porcelain veneers can be any shade of white and completely cover the front and sides of the discolored tooth.

Cosmetic chips and cracks are common as we age. The years and lifestyle habits take their toll on our teeth. Veneers can give a more youthful look to your smile. They cover small cracks and chips and make your smile brighter as well.

Crooked teeth and gaps between teeth are big issues that many of us face. You may not need orthodontic intervention if these don’t impact your overall oral health. Porcelain veneers are able to give you back the appearance of a smooth, even smile. Each one is individually crafted. We can make the veneers look natural while still masking those imperfections.

Porcelain Veneers What to Expect

Teeth that are to be treated using dental veneers will first be prepared by removing a substantial amount of tooth enamel. Then, molds will be taken from the teeth and sent to a dental lab to create the dental veneers. Veneers can be custom-shaped and color-matched to match the natural, beautiful smile. The size and shape are crafted to look natural in your mouth.

Once fabricated, we permanently bond veneers to the prepared teeth. Dental veneers are designed to be a permanent restoration and can not be reversed due to the removal of tooth enamel. You’ll always have some sort of restoration on the teeth we prepare for veneers.

Dental veneers can cosmetically repair the aesthetics of the smile. Since this is a cosmetic dental procedure, it is important to ensure that teeth are healthy and functional before treatment. Dental veneers are one of the dental services that Dr. Dall’Olmo offers his patients in Santa Monica, California.

Porcelain Veneers FAQs

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent restoration. Depending on how well you care for them, they can last anywhere from 10-30 years. Because we have to remove tooth structure to place them, you’ll always have to have some sort of restoration on that tooth.

When can I eat after getting porcelain veneers?

Wait to eat for about an hour to an hour and a half after getting veneers to eat. During this time, the bonding material used to secure the veneer to the tooth is still setting completely. We also recommend starting with softer foods first.

Can I eat normally with porcelain veneers?

Pretty much, but only after the first few days. We recommend eating a soft diet these first few days as you may still be sore and get used to the veneers. Biting down directly on hard foods is discouraged. Though veneers are strong, they can still break. We also recommend you avoid dark liquids like coffee and tea, as veneers can’t be whitened. At the very least, rinse your mouth out with water after you consume these beverages.

Can veneers get cavities?

No, veneers aren’t susceptible to cavities. However, the teeth underneath them can still get cavities. You can’t slack on oral care just because you have veneers. Ensure you’re still diligent with brushing, flossing, and dental visits.

Can I whiten my porcelain veneers?

The material used for veneers can’t be whitened with traditional whitening techniques. While veneers are stain-resistant, they’ll still yellow and stain over time, especially if you drink staining beverages or use tobacco. If you want a whiter veneer, you’ll have to get a completely new one made for your tooth.

Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

Many people are solid candidates for porcelain veneers. You must be in good oral health, as veneers rely on solid tooth structure. You have to be dedicated to taking care of them for them to last as well. Candidates also have to have enough healthy tooth enamel. People that clench or grind their teeth may not be able to get veneers, as these actions can damage them.