Veneers in Mission Viejo

What Are Veneers? 

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are placed over teeth. Each shell is custom-made to look natural while bringing up the overall quality of your smile's appearance.

Dental veneers are a cosmetic solution for patients who have concerns about the appearance of their teeth. While veneers are perhaps best known for improving the color of teeth, they can also adjust the shape, size, or length of teeth. They can also be used to treat gapped and misaligned-teeth. These days, veneers area a very popular cosmetic dental treatment option.  Call our office or use our online form to book a consultation visit for dental veneers in Mission Viejo today.

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You can get veneers for one tooth or several—it is up to you and your needs.  

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The Process for Receiving Your Dental Veneers

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The first visit is all about learning. We will examine your teeth, and you can discuss your concerns, goals and expectations. This is the perfect time to ask anything, filling out your knowledge about available options and their strengths and limitations. We strive to provide an open and friendly atmosphere where you can feel at ease. We conduct a full oral exam to see if your teeth would be a good match for veneers or another treatment option.

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Building Your Treatment Plan

Now that you have settled on veneers, the next step is working out your treatment plan. This involves outlining  which and how many teeth to treat, and if any other cosmetic or restorative treatments will be required. Frequently, your cosmetic dentist will take initial impressions and photos to create a temporary mock-up. This is to evaluate your new smile prior to the production of the permanent veneers. You also can work with your dentist to fine-tune the details of what your smile will look like, using 3D technology to see a mock-up.

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Preparing Your Teeth

At your next appointment, your teeth will be prepared. For traditional veneers, the target teeth will need some preparation. This involves removing a very thin layer of the front side of the tooth to ensure a good surface for holding the veneer. We take care to ensure this part of the process is painless, removing only the precise required amount for each tooth. Final Impressions will be taken and send to lab to make your custom-made veneers. Your temporary veneers will be placed with temporary cement to preview and your smile design can be reviewed and tweaked if needed

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Fitting and Adjusting Your Veneers

At your next appointment, we try in your final veneers. Your dentist will fit the veneers to your teeth and might do minor and precise adjustments on them to ensure they look and feel natural. After your approval, veneers are permanently affixed to the teeth.

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Bite adjustment and final pictures

on your final appointment, your doctor will check your bite, and will do minor bite adjustments if needed. We take X-rays to verify the seat of the veneers and take your final pictures.

What Cosmetic Issues Can Veneers Fix?

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Stains and Discoloration

The most popular use for veneers is to instantly brighten your smile. Minor tooth misalignment, discolorations, tooth size discrepancy, crooked teeth, and gapping can be resolved with veneers. However, veneers can only be used to treat minor issues with misalignment and tooth gapping. For more advanced teeth alignment issues, orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign or braces may be required before cosmetic treatment with veneers. Also, veneers are minimally invasive treatment and are the best for teeth with no or minimum decay. For root canal treated teeth or severely worn-down teeth due to attrition, crowns or full mouth reconstruction might be the better choice.  Your doctor will evaluate all the choices and will go over their benefits and risks with you before starting any treatment.

Worn Down Teeth

Whether due to bruxism or naturally weaker enamel, many patients see some wear and chipped enamel  on their teeth, even from a young age. Veneers can restore worn teeth by giving them a new layer of defense that also looks great. However, for root canal treated teeth or severely worn-down teeth due to attrition, porcelain crowns or full mouth reconstruction might be the better choice.  Your doctor will discuss all the choices with you and will go over their benefits and risks before starting any treatment.

Chips, Minor Breaks, Uneven Shape

Even minor accidents or injuries can chip a tooth. Many people have naturally different shapes to their teeth that can be enhanced. In these minor cases, veneers can create a more homogenous look to your teeth, allowing them all to complement each other. If the damage is into deeper layer of the teeth and in more serious tooth injuries may require the use of a dental crown and root canal therapy.

Gaps and Misalignment

Some patients may have minor teeth alignment issues that lead to gaps or an uneven appearance. In most cases, Invisalign or orthodontic treatment is a great option to improve the alignment and close the gaps. However, in cases of big gaps or if the teeth sized mismatch and presence of peg-teeth , Invisalign followed by veneers might be the best option, However, these gaps may not justify complete orthodontic treatment. Instead, veneers can help fill these gaps by creating minor increases in the sizes of the neighboring teeth.

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veneers can last between 15 - 20 years with proper care.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Veneers

Can Veneers Be Removed?

Veneers remain permanently bonded to the tooth and are not meant to be removed. The procedure is not reversible, since it requires a thin layer of enamel to be permanently removed from your teeth. After your treatment, you will need to take proper care of your veneers, and have them replaced if any of them break or become dislodged.

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How Long Do Veneers Last?

The longevity of your veneers depends on two key factors: the quality of their materials and how well you take care of them. With solid materials and a healthy oral routine (cleaning your teeth and regular dental visits), some veneers can last up to 15–20 years. Over time, your veneers may wear down, and you may need to have individual veneers repaired or replaced. You should also avoid doing things that could break or dislodge your veneers, such as chewing non-food objects, chewing hard foods with your front teeth, or using your teeth as tools. Your dentist might recommend you to get a night-guard and use it at nights to protect your veneers if you grind your teeth.

What Do We Make Veneers From?

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Our veneers are made from high-quality porcelain that look and feel just like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain can be matched to the color of your teeth and is very similar to enamel in hardness and translucence, making it an ideal option. For your temporary veneers, we usually use a resin-made material.  Resin does not look as natural, and is not as durable compared to porcelain ceramic veneers.

Are Lumineers Different from Veneers?

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Veneers and Lumineers are basically the same. The main difference is that lumineers are thinner shells and are made from a unique ceramic material. This decrease in thickness means they can be placed without removing enamel. This is why they're often called “no-prepare" or “minimal prepare” veneers. While they cost more, many patients find them an ideal solution well worth the investment. They can only be done if the teeth are well aligned and do not need gross adjustment.

What Is the Cost of Veneers?

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The cost can vary quite a bit, from about $1000 to a couple thousand dollars for a single tooth. Factors such as the type of veneer, the material, the placement, and more can influence the final cost. As part of the consultation process, we provide each patient with a personalized quote. This way, you can know your costs up front before moving forward with the procedure.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?

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Dental veneers are immensely beneficial for patients of all ages. For starters, veneers look and feel like your natural teeth and are hardly noticeable. Patients get a lovely smile that looks completely natural instead and far from artificial. Veneers also enhance the visual appeal of your smile and boost your confidence. This opens up opportunities that you may otherwise shy away from.

Veneers are also a minimally-invasive treatment, only requiring a little shaving of the enamel and nothing more. Anesthetics are only necessary for patients with low pain tolerances. The process doesn't involve any drilling or incisions on the gum tissue, making it among the most straightforward cosmetic dental treatment procedures. They're excellent for hiding imperfections like stains, discoloration, chips, and cracks on the teeth.

Unlike other cosmetic dental treatments, veneers are also pretty low maintenance. All you have to do is maintain your usual oral hygiene regime, and if you grind your teeth at night, a night guard will prevent you from damaging the veneers. With proper care, veneers can last up to 20 years or more.

What Are the Limitations of Veneers?

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There's not much to say about the cons of these cosmetic dental treatments, but dental veneers have only a few downsides. For instance, veneer scan make your teeth slightly more sensitive to hot and cold drinks. That's because part of the veneer treatment involves shaving bits of the enamel to accommodate the veneers. However, this sensitivity is typically short-lived and only lasts a couple of weeks at most.

Another noteworthy downside to dental veneers is that they're irreversible. Dental veneers are permanent dental cosmetics, meaning they stay on your teeth until you get a dentist to remove them. This isn't much of a disadvantage since they hide the not-so-perfect areas of your teeth, and having them permanently on the teeth is on par with its core purpose. If a veneer breaks or needs to be removed for any reason, it will need to be replaced to cover and protect the area of the tooth where the enamel was removed.

Lastly, dental veneers are costlier than other cosmetic treatments like dental bonding. However, the result is more instant and lasts for a long time.

Is It Painful to Get Veneers?

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The entire process of getting veneers is painless and comfortable. Occasionaly, your dentist would use local anesthetic to numb the area. In some cases, even removing the enamel does not require anesthetic. However, there may be some increased sensitivity to temperatures while waiting for your permanent veneers or a few days following the procedure.

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Dental veneers are a permanent treatment that is affixed directly to the tooth where enamel was removed. 

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