Porcelain Veneers

porcelain veneers before and after

Many people in Burbank, California have problems with their teeth that interfere with the beauty of their smiles. If you have chipped, discolored, or stained teeth, or are dealing with gaps between your teeth or teeth that are misshapen, you might feel that you have to hide your smile out of embarrassment. Fortunately, dental veneers are one potential solution that can help to restore your appearance while making your smile more beautiful. Porcelain veneers look like natural tooth enamel and can provide you with teeth that appear flawless. The cosmetic dentistry team at Tatiana Vazira DDS can help people in Burbank and the surrounding area to achieve the look that they want with porcelain veneers.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are layers of tin material that are attached to your teeth to give them a classically beautiful appearance. If you want to improve the look of your smile, veneers are a good choice. These coverings appear like natural teeth and are placed over the visible portion of the tooth. They can correct many different dental problems, including the following:

  • Stained teeth that are resistant to bleaching
  • Worn, chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps and uneven spaces between the teeth

Veneers are available in porcelain or composite resin. The Burbank dental professionals at Tatiana Vazira DDS can help you to select the style that is best for you. 

Porcelain veneers

Veneers made from porcelain are customized to fit your teeth. Veneers made from porcelain offer several benefits. They are long-lasting and durable and have a natural look. When you choose porcelain for your veneers, not as much enamel will need to be removed as compared to a cap or crown. Porcelain does not stain easily, and the veneers can be placed on chipped teeth.

The placement of veneers made from porcelain involves several steps. Your dentist may prepare your tooth by removing a small portion of the enamel from the sides and front of your tooth. Removing a small amount of enamel provides room for the veneer. 

Your dentist will make a mold of your prepared teeth and will determine the shade that will match your smile. After the mold is made, your dentist will send it to a lab to have the veneers made to fit your teeth. Since this can take a few days, your dentist might give you temporary veneers that you can wear while you are waiting. 

After your veneers arrive, your dentist will place your veneers on your teeth at your next visit. The shape and fit will be checked. After the dentist makes any necessary adjustments, your teeth will be cleaned, and the veneers will be bonded to the surface of your teeth. 

Resin veneers

Composite resin veneers are made out of filling material that is bonded to your teeth. Resin veneers offer the following types of benefits:

  • Less expensive than porcelain
  • Less enamel may need to be removed
  • Easy to repair if they become damaged

Resin veneers are not as strong or durable as porcelain. 

If you choose composite resin veneers, your dentist will start by preparing your teeth. He or she will then bond and sculpt the composite resin while choosing a shade that matches your teeth. A special light will be used to harden the resin so that it bonds to your teeth. Then, your dentist will polish the veneers to give them a more natural appearance.

What to know about getting veneers

Before you can get veneers, your gums and teeth must be healthy. If you have decay or disease in your teeth or gums, your dentist will need to treat it before you get your veneers. If you grind your teeth, veneers might not be a good idea because they may break or chip. Your dentist might advise you to wear a dental guard at night while they are sleeping. Over time, veneers can loosen. If that occurs, they might need to be replaced. 

Once you get your veneers, maintaining good oral health practices is essential. Make sure to keep your gums and teeth clean by brushing and flosses. See your dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. Avoid chewing on ice because your veneers could crack.

Veneers can be a great choice when you have imperfections in your smile that you would like to correct. The dental professionals at the Burbank cosmetic dentistry practice at Tatiana Vazira, DDS are experienced with helping people to restore the beauty of their smiles and their appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn whether veneers might be the right option for you.