Porcelain Veneers Irvine, CA
Dr. Ursula Levine, DDS | Levine Dentistry, Inc.
Porcelain veneers can provide a dramatic transformation in just two dental visits. They can address a number of common dental concerns, including stains, discolorations, small chips or cracks, or problems with the shape or size of teeth. Crafted from durable and lifelike materials, veneers are an excellent option for those who want a picture-perfect smile. (Many celebrities have used veneers to achieve their photo-ready smiles.) The skill of the dentist placing the veneers is critical to achieving truly spectacular results.
Understanding Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are thin sheets of high-grade porcelain that are placed over the visible surface of the teeth to cover up imperfections and create the appearance of perfect teeth. The appearance of porcelain is very similar to that of natural tooth enamel, due to both its color and its translucency. Although it is thin, the porcelain used for veneers is extremely strong and durable. As such, veneers perform well with normal chewing and biting forces for many years.
Of course, any dental restoration is only as good as the dentist placing it. Individuals seeking veneers in Irvine trust Dr. Levine, who is well known for her expertise in placing veneers and for her innate artistic sensibilities, which allow her to produce dazzling results. She believes that all of her patients deserve the best, so she places only veneers crafted from the finest materials crafted by a highly skilled ceramist in a top laboratory in Orange County.
The Veneer Placement Process
The process of getting veneers takes only two dental visits. The first visit begins with a consultation with Dr. Levine. She will examine your teeth and smile, and inquire about your specific goals of treatment. Based on this information, she will explain your treatment options and provide her recommendations. She’ll be open about whether porcelain veneers are most likely to deliver the results you want, or whether you may want to consider a different option instead.
If you want to proceed with veneers, Dr. Levine may remove a very small amount of tooth enamel (typically less than a millimeter) from the teeth. This helps make room in the mouth to accommodate the veneer. An impression is made to be sent to the technician. Next, temporary veneers will be placed to ensure that your smile still looks good while you’re waiting for your permanent veneers to arrive. (Note that there are “no-prep” veneers, which do not require any tooth material to be removed to accommodate them. These have advantages and disadvantages, which Dr. Levine will discuss with you before you make your decision about which type you would prefer.)
It will take a few weeks for your custom veneers to come back from the laboratory. At this point, you’ll return to have your veneers placed. Dr. Levine will place the veneer over the surface of each tooth and bond it into place with a strong dental adhesive. She will carefully check the veneer for fit and comfort and make any necessary minor adjustments. At this point, it will be virtually impossible to tell the difference between the veneers and natural teeth.
Veneers should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. They should also be examined by a dentist regularly to check for any problems or complications. Veneers are sensitive to chronic teeth grinding and clenching, so if you know that you grind at night, you should be fitted for a mouth guard to protect them.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers from a Cosmetic Dentist Irvine, CA
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers in Irvine, CA, and how they can give you a picture-perfect smile in just two dental visits, please contact Dr. Ursula Levine. Call 949-727-9600 or email our practice today to request an informational consultation.
Having a consultation does not commit you to receiving veneers or any other treatment. Dr. Levine believes in empowering her patients through education, and she never tries to “sell” anyone on a dental treatment. Whether you’re fairly certain that you want veneers, or you’re not sure and want to learn more before you make your decision, Levine Dentistry is the right place for you to go.