What are Veneers? 

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They can be used to treat severely stained teeth, chipped or broken teeth, misaligned or misshapen teeth, or gapped teeth. Their versatility makes them an extremely popular cosmetic dental treatment option. Call today to book a cosmetic dentistry appointment at Smile Dental Boutique at our Mission Viejo office.

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You don’t need veneers for every tooth. Depending on your needs, you can get just one or an entire set.  

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What to expect at your veneers consultation

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During your consultation, you'll discuss the issues you have with your smile and how you'd like to change it. Your cosmetic dentist can talk to you about veneers as well as other treatment options. Together, you'll decide if porcelain veneers are the right option for you.

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Treatment Plan

Once you've decided to move forward with veneers, your Mission Viejo dentist will create a treatment plan that aligns with your smile goals and preferences. This plan will outline which teeth will be treated, how many porcelain veneers you'll need, 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.

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Preparation of Teeth

At your next appointment, your teeth will be prepared to accommodate your veneers and pictures will be taken. Your cosmetic dentist will clean and numb your mouth, and then remove a very thin layer (0.5mm or less) of enamel from each tooth that is getting a dental veneer. This is done to ensure a good hold for the dental veneer, and to avoid adding thickness to the treated teeth.

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Impression & Temporary Veneers

After your teeth are trimmed, you'll have dental impressions taken of your teeth. These will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent veneers will be created. You will be sent home with a set of temporary resin veneers, which will protect your newly-prepared teeth until your permanent veneers are ready.

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Permanent Veneer Fitting & Adjustment

Once your permanent veneers arrive at our office, you'll see your dentist for your fitting. At this appointment, your dentist will check the fit of your porcelain veneers to ensure that they look and feel natural. Minor adjustments can be made before placement, if necessary.

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Permanent Veneer Placement

Once your dentist has checked the fit of your veneers and everything looks good, they'll be attached to your teeth permanently using powerful dental cement, and you'll be sent home with a beautiful, brand new smile.

What cosmetic issues can veneers treat?

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Tooth Staining or Discoloration

In some cases, tooth staining or discoloration may not be treatable with other cosmetic dentistry methods, like teeth whitening . Severe stains or internal tooth stains, such as tetracycline stains, may persist even after teeth whitening . Veneers can completely cover up the stained tooth and restore its natural, bright appearance.

Worn Teeth

If your teeth are worn from issues like teeth grinding (bruxism), veneers may be an appropriate treatment to restore their shape and appearance. However, it's important to also address the root cause of worn teeth. If you suffer from grinding, for example, you may need to get a night guard to protect your teeth after you get veneers.

Chipped, Broken or Irregularly Shaped Teeth

Veneers may be used to treat minor chipping or breakage in the teeth, as long as the damage is limited to the outer layers of enamel and dentin. More serious tooth injuries may require the use of a dental crown and root canal therapy.

Veneers are also commonly used to treat and restore irregular or misshapen teeth, providing you with a straighter and more even smile.

Misalignment or Gapping

Minor tooth misalignment, color discolorations, tooth size discrepancy, crooked teeth, and gapping can be resolved with veneers. Your teeth can be minimally trimmed and then covered with veneers to correct these issues, and provide you with a more pleasing smile.

However, veneers can only be used to treat minor issues with misalignment and tooth gapping. For more serious teeth alignment issues, orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign or braces may be required before cosmetic treatment with veneers. Call your dentist in Mission Viejo, If you worried about misalignment, discoloration, teeth size, shape discrepancies or gapping of your teeth! We provide veneers for the whole family.

If you are have a missing tooth, dental implants may be be a more appropriate treatment. 

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With proper care, your veneers can last between 15 and 20 years. 

Have questions about veneers? Find answers here.

Can veneers be removed?

No. Traditional veneers are bonded into place permanently, and are not meant to be removed. The procedure is not reversible, since it requires a thin layer of enamel to be permanently drilled away 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?

This mostly depends on how well you take care of your veneers, but most patients can keep a set of veneers for 15 to 20 years. Over time, your veneers may wear down, and you may need to have individual veneers repaired or replaced.

The best way to prolong the lifespan of your veneers is to brush and floss properly, and to see your dentist in Mission Viejo every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. 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.

What are veneers made of?

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Veneers are typically made of ceramic porcelain materials 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.

Resin veneers are also available, but they are typically only used as temporary veneers because resin does not look as natural, and is not nearly as durable compared to porcelain ceramic veneers.

What’s the difference between veneers and Lumineers?

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Veneers and Lumineers are basically the same, with one big difference. Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, because they're made out of a special, proprietary ceramic material. They are usually only about 0.2mm thick, compared to the 0.5mm thickness of traditional veneers. Because of this, Lumineers can often be placed without trimming your existing enamel. This is why they're often called “no-prepare" or “minimal prepare” veneers.

How much do veneers typically cost?

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The cost of veneers will vary depending on how many teeth you're covering up, your oral health, the location of each tooth, and a variety of other factors. The best way to get an accurate cost estimate is to contact your dentist for a cosmetic consultation. Your Mission Viejo dentist can examine your mouth, assess your oral health, and give you a quote for the cost of treatment with veneers.

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.

Cons of Dental Veneers

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There's not much to say about the cons of these cosmetic dental treatments, but dental veneers have their downsides. For instance, veneers can 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. In addition to being irreversible, dental veneers also need replacement after ten to twenty years. 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. This costliness may make it an unsuitable option for people on a tight budget.

Will Getting Veneers Be Painful?

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No, getting veneers is a painless process. The first step involves an oral examination, which involves taking x-rays and impressions of your bite and teeth. These impressions are sent to a lab that fabricates your custom dental veneers. The fabrication usually takes about two weeks.

Once ready, the dentist will call you in for the fitting. The dentist will use a diamond bur tool to remove a layer of the enamel, creating room for the veneers. The dentist will then apply dental glue on the tooth's surface and stick dental veneers on the tooth. The dental practitioner will then use a special light to cure the adhesive so the veneers adhere firmly to your teeth.

The entire process is painless and doesn't require any anesthetic. However, your teeth might feel a bit sensitive for the first few days following the procedure. Call today if you have an dental problems that need addressing. 

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Veneers are a permanent dental treatment that requires the removal of enamel.  

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