About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that cover existing teeth that have been damaged in order to restore a natural-looking smile. In some cases, veneers are used to cover unfavorable gaps between teeth, often between the front two teeth. If you are an adult and don't wish to wear braces, or have other cosmetic concerns, porcelain veneers can bring great improvement to the size, shape, color, and length of your teeth. High-quality porcelain veneers are also made with material that allow for a translucent look, similar to the natural look of normal teeth. If you are in need of porcelain veneers, Emigh Dental Care in Long Beach, CA, offers both traditional veneers and Lumineers®. To learn more, call our family practice today.
Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are thinner, which eliminates aggressive tooth preparation, including filing the teeth, anesthesia, and temporary veneers. The Lumineers process starts with our dentists creating an impression of your upper and lower teeth, which are sent to a Lumineers laboratory. Once your custom-made Lumineers are sent back to our practice (usually in about 2 – 3 weeks), you will return to have your Lumineers fitted and placed. Your Lumineers are then easily applied without problems of pain and sensitivity. About as thin as a contact lens, Lumineers improve your smile while still maintaining a natural-look. With proper home care and regular dental exams and cleanings, Lumineers should last for about 20 years.
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What to Expect
Before a porcelain veneer is placed, our dentists must remove a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of each tooth to make room for veneer. After the enamel is removed a digital impression of the teeth is made and sent to a dental laboratory where an expert will tailor-make your veneers. The veneer is made of several thin layers of ceramic. Until the veneer is ready, you will wear a temporary veneer. Once the veneer is ready, you will return to our practice for an appointment where a special resin is used as a bonding agent between the veneer and the tooth. Veneers are durable and can last up to 20 years with proper oral hygiene and care.
For the first few days, a patient may be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures because of the removal of the natural enamel. This should subside within a few days. A week after the veneers are placed, you will need a follow-up appointment at our dental office to make sure the mouth is responding well to the veneers. Due to the material they are made of and since they are easy to polish, the probability of staining veneers is slight to none. It’s still a good idea to brush after consuming foods or drinks that stain the teeth, especially coffee, soda, tea, and red wine. Veneers should be brushed with a non-abrasive toothpaste, flossed, and rinsed with mouthwash just like natural teeth. You should be sure to keep up with regular dental appointments so our team can perform professional maintenance by polishing the veneers with a special, non-abrasive paste to keep them in pristine condition.
The cost can vary when it comes to porcelain veneers. Factors such as the labor and skill going into creating the veneers, the number of teeth that will be treated, and the material used all play a role. Since porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic treatment, insurance usually doesn’t cover the costs, but in some cases, insurance might cover some of the costs.
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Veneers are a great idea for anyone who wants to revitalize their smile. If you think this is the procedure for you, give our office a call as soon as possible to set up an exam, so we can make your smile more brilliant than ever!