Do you feel embarrassed whenever someone smiles at you and you need to smile back? Do you consciously or unconsciously wonder what other people think about your teeth and your smile? If your answer is yes, then you’re a good candidate for a smile makeover using porcelain veneers. When you get veneers you don’t have to hide your smile anymore. Now you can perfect your smile by simply visiting Dr. Braunstein and Dr. Kahn, dental cosmetology professionals practicing in Carlsbad, CA.
Veneers, also known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are often used in cosmetic dentistry. The main reason behind the use of veneers is to improve the appearance of your teeth by covering the front of the tooth’s surface. Veneers are made from tooth-colored materials making it so that they can blend in perfectly with your natural teeth for a great smile. The main materials used to make veneers is porcelain and resin. While veneers made of porcelain are more stain resistant, those made of resin are thinner and require less tooth removal before their application.
Dental veneers are a great way to correct discolored teeth, which can happen from root canal treatments, stains from drugs like tetracycline, excessive fluoride, worn down teeth, chipped or broken teeth, irregularly shaped, uneven or misaligned teeth, and more. Dr Kahn and his Carlsbad, CA team of professionals have lots of experience in cosmetic dentistry making them the best choice to perform this type of procedure.
Procedure for Acquiring Dental Veneers
To get dental veneers you will need to visit your dentist a total of three times. The first visit is for a consultation, while the next two are for preparing and applying the veneers.
Because your active participation is highly required here, your dentist will need you to explain what you would like to achieve with your new veneers. Then your dentist will be able to determine whether or not veneers are suitable for you. If your dentist is convinced that veneers will benefit you better than any other tooth routine, then they will take you through what the procedure involves and some of the limitations that may come with having veneers.
The Preparation/Application Stage
Your dentist will first remove some enamel (about half a millimetre) from the surface of your tooth. Do not worry about feeling any pain during this first part because prior to the process your dentist will give you some local anesthesia in order to numb the area.
The dentist will then make an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to a laboratory to fabricate the porcelain. In about a week or two the veneers are sent back to your dentist ready for use. If you have teeth that are extremely unpleasant to look at, your dentist could give you temporary veneers at an extra cost while you wait.
The application of the veneers is done at the final appointment by etching, which means applying a bonding agent and then carefully placing the veneers on your teeth. If there’s any excess bonding it’s immediately removed. Then your dentist will carefully evaluate your bite and make any necessary final adjustments. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you so the dentist can check how your gums are coping with the application process.
Dental cosmetology allows you and your loved ones to have the smiles you’ve always wanted. So make a positive difference in your life today by letting technology correct your smile so when someone smiles at you you have no problem smiling right back.
Dr. Braunstein is an active member of American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Society, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Associations.
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