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What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers can be one of the most effective ways to get the dazzling smile of your dreams. These tooth-colored porcelain shells cover your natural teeth and provide you with stain-resistant teeth that stay white and beautiful for years. Today’s veneers are made of a special translucent porcelain that reflects light much like natural enamel, and is strong and durable enough to last for many years. 

Because the veneer is placed over the top of your natural tooth, it can be used to cover most types of imperfections, including discolorations, chips, worn enamel, stains, fractures, gaps, and uneven teeth. The enamel needs to be trimmed down slightly to keep the look and fit of your veneers attractive and comfortable. Usually, only a small amount of enamel is removed. Then, an impression is taken of your teeth so that the veneers can be custom-made to fit. At your next visit, the veneers are attached to your teeth with a special material.

Unlike natural teeth, veneers are stain-resistant, so you can eat and drink anything you like without fear of staining. It is impossible to tell the difference between the translucent porcelain and the dental enamel, and the veneer can be made in shades that look just like your own teeth or in a lighter shade for a flattering look. You may be a candidate for veneers if you have healthy teeth and gums and you want a permanent solution for your smile flaws.

What are the advantages of using veneers?

Dental veneers are one of the most versatile treatments in cosmetic dentistry. They can dramatically change the color, shape, size, and other features of your teeth. Our veneers dentist in North Hollywood can help you decide if porcelain veneers are right for you. When you choose dental veneers, you can transform your entire smile with one procedure.

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There are many benefits to choosing veneers, including:

  1. Stain protection for the teeth beneath the veneers
  2. Long-lasting results for up to fifteen years or more
  3. A natural-looking smile
  4. Stronger teeth for those with weakening due to worn enamel or cavities
  5. An alternative to braces for instant orthodontics
  6. A single solution for many flaws, including stains, discolored teeth, chips, gaps, crooked teeth, and misshapen teeth

Candidates for veneers include those who have healthy teeth and gums, and are looking for a permanent solution to their smile flaws. Any untreated decay or gum disease will need to be addressed before veneers can be attached. You will also need sufficient dental enamel to support the veneers.

Veneers are easy to maintain once they have been applied to your teeth. Because the porcelain is biocompatible, it will not irritate your gums or cheeks. The veneers require no other special treatment, meaning you can brush and floss these teeth along with your other teeth. Avoid grinding your teeth or using highly abrasive toothpaste or toothbrushes, which could damage the veneers. Don’t forget to visit your doctor twice a year for professional cleanings and to make sure your veneers are in good shape.

Call us today to learn more about the many benefits of veneers or to schedule an appointment with our veneers dentists in Northridge, Van Nuys, and North Hollywood.