Porcelain Veneers: Treatment Snapshot
Porcelain Veneer Cost per tooth: $1,000-$2,000*Depending on the quality and experience of your cosmetic dentist
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Find a Step by Step San Diego Porcelain Veneers Correction Plan Below
What Can Porcelain Veneers Do?
Porcelain Veneers Can Correct Gaps or Spaces
Porcelain Veneers Can Correct Tooth Color
Porcelain Veneers Can Correct Tooth Contour
Porcelain Veneers Can Visually Align Teeth
Porcelain Veneers Can Restore teeth to their original esthetic and practical function
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Porcelain Veneers Correct Gaps or Spaces (+)
San Diego Porcelain Veneers can be used to correct gaps and spaces giving you a younger, healthier looking smile. San Diego Porcelain Veneers are an excellent alternative to orthodontic procedures when time is of the essence. San Diego Porcelain Veneers can be placed in less time having you smiling confidently for that next business meeting or social event.
San Diego Porcelain Veneers correct gaps between your front teeth
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Porcelain Veneers Can Correct tooth color (+)
If your teeth are discolored, San Diego porcelain veneers are a probably a good way to go. Especially in cases of severe tooth discoloration where the there is staining to the tooth structure itself, as opposed to artificial staining of the enamel. In such cases of discoloration due to tetracycline stains, stains due to fillings, or other reasons, your cosmetic dentist may recommend teeth whitening prior to placement of San Diego porcelain veneers in order to enhance the naturalness and beauty of the end result.
Porcelain Veneers are usually used in cases where traditional teeth whitening cannot evenly correct the tooth discoloration.
San Diego porcelain veneers can blend your smile effortlessly, correcting tooth discolorations
Professional Tip: Once you have your porcelain veneers placed, just like natural teeth proper care must be taken to keep them looking vibrant and gorgeous. Our resident expert and cosmetic dentist says: protect your San Diego porcelain veneers and avoid biting into apples or chewing on hard candies or ice.
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Porcelain Veneers Restore teeth to original esthetic and practical function (+)
Porcelain veneers in San Diego are often used as an alternative to orthodontic (braces) treatment for straightening your teeth. When time is of the essence or braces are just out of the question, porcelain veneers are used to correct teeth contours and proper teeth alignment. Similarly porcelain veneers are a good choice for people with one or two teeth out of alignment where braces might be too much of a hassle.
Professional Tip: When deciding on dental treatment, keep in mind that each tooth is unique, as much an individual as you are. Thus, when choosing a cosmetic dentist to place your San Diego porcelain veneers, choose a dentist whose procedures reflect the education and training required to deliver the custom porcelain veneers you deserve.
Porcelain Veneers, San Diego: Before and After
What Can You Expect During Your Dental Treatment?Your San Diego cosmetic dentist will first create a diagnostic wax-up to create a mock-smile made out of wax on models of your teeth. The diagnostic wax-up is used as a guide to make temporary or provisional porcelain veneers that you will wear until your final porcelain veneers have been made. The temporary porcelain veneers also act as a guideline for you cosmetic dentist to follow to make sure your porcelain veneers are the exact shape and size you want. The temporary porcelain veneers give you a trial run for what your actual restorations will look like. You should discuss with your cosmetic dentist likes and dislikes about your temporary porcelain veneers, color, shape, and size, so that any adjustments needed can be made before the final San Diego porcelain veneers come back from the dental lab.
Once you and your cosmetic dentist have agreed upon the final shape, color, and size of your porcelain veneers, a talented dental technician will replicate the temporary porcelain veneers adding the subtle nuances of natural teeth to create your custom final veneers. After removing your temporaries, your San Diego cosmetic dentist will temporarily cement your porcelain veneers to examine its shape and color in your mouth. Any trimming or shaping of the porcelain veneers will be addressed. Subtle color changes can be made using different shades of porcelain veneer cement.
To prepare your teeth to receive your San Diego porcelain veneers your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and an etching gel will be applied to the surface to create a rough texture for the bonding material to adhere and the final porcelain veneers to be placed. The bonding cement is then applied to the surface of your natural teeth and the porcelain veneer is properly positioned on the tooth. The bonding cement is light- activated and will harden quickly to create a strong final porcelain veneer.
All excess cement will be removed from your San Diego porcelain veneers and your cosmetic dentist will evaluate your bite to make any final adjustments to your restorations. Generally, your cosmetic dentist will schedule a follow up appointment to check on how your gums are responding to your porcelain veneers and to make any adjustments to the restorations. Ask a Cosmetic Dentist
San Diego Porcelain Veneer Treatment Plan: A step-by-step guide
First San Diego Porcelain Veneer Appointment
Porcelain Veneer Shade Selection
Prepare Teeth for San Diego porcelain veneers
Straight TeethIf the teeth are in alignment and only a moderate color change is desired, approximately 0.5mm of enamel reduction is needed to prepare the teeth for porcelain veneers. A medium-grit, rounded-end tapered diamond that best fits the shape and size of the tooth is used.
Misaligned TeethMisaligned teeth must first be contoured and brought into alignment for porcelain veneer preparation. A medium-grit diamond is used to remove overlapping or protruding facial tooth structure. On the lingual side of your existing tooth structure, proper occlusion markers are made for centric stops and anterior guidance contacts. Extra precautions are taken with misaligned teeth to ensure proper placement of your porcelain veneers. After your San Diego cosmetic dentist has made the proper adjustments to align your teeth, your teeth are prepared just as if they were straight. This process allows for your fabricated San Diego porcelain veneers to be the same thickness resulting in a more uniform appearance.
Space closure (diastema closure)One of the great advantages of porcelain veneers is that they can be used to close diastemas between teeth. Closing the diastema, requires a finish line as close to the linguoproximal line angle as possible. This technique allows your San Diego cosmetic dentist to hide the open margins between your teeth in order to prepare them for the placement of your San Diego porcelain veneers.
Example of Space Closure using porcelain veneers, San Diego
Existing Restorations and Porcelain VeneersIf you have existing restorations or porcelain veneers in place, your cosmetic dentist should carefully check and replace them if there is any doubt at all as to their adequacy. These restorations can become part of the porcelain veneer treatment and be covered by your new San Diego porcelain veneers, or be used to blend your tooth into an effortless smile.
Severely Eroded TeethIf your existing teeth suffer severe abrasion or erosion, no preparation may be needed for you San Diego porcelain veneer placement, and your cosmetic dentist may just need to refine and delineate the margins.
Tetracycline StainsMasking tetracycline stains is one of the ultimate tests for porcelain veneers. One of the most important determinants in covering up these stains with porcelain veneers is the part of the tooth that is most affected. If the majority of the stains are in the middle of the incisal areas, it is much easier to mask them with porcelain veneers. But, if the stains are in the gingival third of the teeth, achieving a satisfactory color change without creating an opaque porcelain veneer is very difficult and requires an expert cosmetic dentist.
Check PreparationsYour cosmetic dentist should always check his preparation work prior to finishing this first appointment for porcelain veneers. In order to ensure proper placement of the San Diego porcelain veneers, careful planning and procedures are necessary to the end.
Take Shade of Preparation
Your San Diego cosmetic dentist will match the shade of your underlying tooth structure with the desired shade of the final porcelain veneer, by using a ceramic system that allows the matching of the two. For example, if you desire your final San Diego porcelain veneers to have a shade of A3, a pearly white any movie star would rival, and your underlying tooth shade is a B1, a common color of tooth that most people who do not bleach have, then a special ceramic combination will be used to fabricated the final porcelain veneers.
Your San Diego Cosmetic Dentist will take impressions of the prepared area to send to the dental lab technician who will fabricate your final porcelain veneers. These impressions are a crucial step in the porcelain veneer treatment process as they are the road map to how flawlessly your San Diego porcelain veneers will blend into your smile.
Provisional Porcelain Veneers (Temporaries)
Temporaries, also called veneer provisionals, are temporary plastic covers to your teeth while the lab is making your final porcelain veneers out of permanent porcelain.
They are vital to the final result you intend. Your cosmetic dentist should make these plastic covers custom shaped and colored to look as good as you expect the final porcelain veneers to be. It allows you and the cosmetic dentist to confirm that the final result is what you, the patient, expect. If you are not happy with the porcelain veneer temporaries, tell your San Diego cosmetic dentist to reshape or recolor them until you are both happy.
Also ask to see porcelain veneer temporaries done by the cosmetic dentist so you will know they are artistic and talented enough to please you.
Between San Diego Porcelain Veneer Appointments:Your porcelain veneer impressions are sent to a highly qualified cosmetic dental technician who will custom fabricate each individual porcelain veneer according to the prescription agreed upon by you and your San Diego Cosmetic Dentist.
Second San Diego Porcelain Veneer Appointment:
Remove Provisional Porcelain Veneers
The provisional porcelain veneers created by your San Diego Cosmetic Dentist are “popped-off” and any remaining resin is removed in preparation for you final porcelain veneers.
Try-In Porcelain Veneers for Fit and Shade
Your San Diego Cosmetic Dentist will properly clean your teeth to remove excess plaque and stains built up while waiting for your final porcelain veneers to be fabricated.
In the initial assessment, each porcelain veneer is fitted individually. Seating the veneers individually allows direct evaluation of the margins and rules out problems with overly tight contacts between the porcelain veneers. Small adjustments are made to your porcelain veneers as your cosmetic dentist sees necessary in order to ensure a perfect fit. A water-soluble solution is used to temporarily bond the porcelain veneers to your existing tooth structure.
The water-soluble solution allows the natural color of your underlying tooth structure to show through the porcelain veneer so that you and your cosmetic dentist get the most accurate picture of what your San Diego porcelain veneers will look like when permanently cemented.
Seat Porcelain Veneers
During the seating process your San Diego porcelain veneers will be cleaned and prepared for final placement. Your existing teeth structure will also undergo a rigorous cleaning and preparation to receive the porcelain veneers.back to top
The teeth where the porcelain veneers are to be placed are first isolated and then etched in order to make the surface rough to receive the porcelain veneers. When your cosmetic dentist seats your San Diego porcelain veneers, he will start with the centrals first and work his way back toward your canines.
During this time, your cosmetic dentist will take every precaution to check his/her work and ensure proper alignment of the final permanently bonded porcelain veneers.