For those suffering from discolored teeth, chipped teeth, or any other type of tooth damage, veneers are an option for those wanting to enhance their smile and feel comfortable showing their teeth. Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of the teeth. There are also alternatives to porcelain, such as a natural-color composite material since the purpose of veneers is to help teeth look natural and healthy.
Not only can veneers be used for discolored or chipped teeth, but they can also be used to correct uneven spacing or Diastema, which is a large, noticeable gap between the upper front teeth. Veneers can help align one tooth or a row of teeth, depending on how much space is showing. When it comes to discoloration, there are specific shades of porcelain that will help correct a single discolored tooth or a whole row.
Depending on the type of veneer need, placing them might require tooth preparation, but this is not always the case. In the event that preparation is necessary, your local San Diego dentist will remove some of the outer enamel in order to ensure that the veneer can be permanently bonded into place. A minimal amount of enamel is removed and it leaves a gap that matches the thickness of the veneer. This process allows the tooth to remain the same size as it was before the process.
In some cases, a local anesthetic is used to reduce pain for the patients, but it is not typically necessary. Once the enamel has been removed, an impression will be taken of the teeth to match the shape and size.
On average, veneer installation takes about two visits. The first visit is needed to prepare the tooth and verify the correct shade. The second visit is used to actually place the veneer. At McBride Dental, we offer our San Diego patients one-day dental veneers so you can have the smile you always dreamed of even faster.
There are two types of veneers for patients to select from depending on their needs.
The first type is ceramic veneers, which are thin shells made of dental ceramic. Ceramic veneers usually require two visits because the teeth have to be prepared and impressions must be made before installation.
The second type is resin-based composite veneers, which only require one visit. After the teeth are prepared, a dentist will bond and sculpt the composite material onto the teeth in the correct shade to match the surrounding teeth. Once the composite hardens with the use of a special light, the veneers are polished and smoothed to look natural.
At McBride Dental, we offer cosmetic dentistry for patients who are self-conscious about their smiles due to discoloration, chipped teeth, spacing, or other tooth damage. Our one-day dental veneers can improve the health, look, and function of your teeth by filling gaps and correcting discoloration. We also offer other high-quality smile-enhancing services like composite dental fillings, MTM clear aligner, and teeth whitening. If you’re concerned about your teeth, contact us at 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment today!