A Picture-Perfect Smile with Porcelain Veneers
No other cosmetic dentistry treatment offers the versatility or transformative quality of porcelain veneers. These small pieces of laminate can be used to cover up aesthetic imperfections and replicate picture-perfect teeth. The lifelike material mimics flawless enamel while providing strength and resilience to the treated tooth.
To achieve beautiful, yet natural looking outcomes, porcelain veneers must be placed by a dentist with a finely honed sense of artistry and technical skills. Patients seeking porcelain veneers in El Cajon trust Dr. Andrew Hunter for truly exceptional results.
Why Patients Love Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry solutions used at Dr. Hunter’s practice. They can change the size, shape or color of the teeth to conceal any of the following imperfections:
- Small spaces in between the teeth
- Minor chips or cracks
- Permanent stains or discolorations that do not respond to teeth whitening treatment
- Slightly crooked teeth
Veneers are individually created based on the specifications of the patient. Thanks to this customization, veneers look and feel extremely natural. They are nearly indistinguishable from natural, healthy teeth. As compared to dental crowns, which are similar in some ways, veneers are thinner and leave more of the natural tooth intact.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, and interested in correcting the problem(s) with veneers, the first step is to consult with Dr. Hunter. During this visit, you will communicate to the dentist about the elements of your teeth and overall smile that bother you; you will also be asked to describe your ideal smile.
Based on this information and an analysis of your teeth and smile, Dr. Hunter will lay out the steps that are necessary to create your desired results. This may include the placement of porcelain veneers or another cosmetic dentistry treatment.
If veneers are, indeed, the most appropriate treatment recommendation, Dr. Hunter will help you select a suitable veneer size, shape and color that match your surrounding natural teeth. Impressions and measurements will be taken and sent to the laboratory responsible for constructing your veneers.
To make room for your veneers, Dr. Hunter might need to remove a very small amount of tooth enamel. This ensures that the veneers fit into your bite comfortably and look very natural in between your natural teeth. To cover up the prepared teeth while the permanent restorations are being crafted, temporary veneers may be placed.
When your customized permanent veneers are ready, you will return to Dr. Hunter’s office and the temporary veneers will be removed. The permanent veneers will be bonded into place; this usually involves placing a light-sensitive resin between the tooth and veneer, and hardening it with a special light.
Once the veneers are in place, any last-minute adjustments can be made for fit or comfort. The veneers will be polished so they look completely natural. There may be some slight sensitivity to hot or cold foods for a few days, but a healthy mouth adjusts to the veneers very quickly.
Veneers are low-maintenance. Once in place, porcelain veneers are resistant to stains from food, beverages and nicotine. Teeth with veneers should be brushed and flossed daily, and inspected by Dr. Hunter every six months to a year to check for any problems. Most veneers last for a very long time with the proper care and attention.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers El Cajon dentist Andrew Hunter would be happy to speak with you. Call (619) 444-6157 or email our office today to set up an informational consultation with Dr. Hunter.