Dentist in Brentwood, CA explains how porcelain veneers are applied to teeth
Posted By Dr. Jamil Alkhoury
Patients who are interested in enhancing their smile when imperfections are present are encouraged to speak to their dentist in Brentwood, CA about solutions such as porcelain veneers. These special restorations are custom-made and allow patients to feel confident with their smile. Many patients ask, “How are porcelain veneers applied to the teeth?” Dr. Jamil Alkhoury can answer this question and more for those who visit the Brentwood Family Dental office.
What are porcelain veneers?
Understanding what porcelain veneers are will help you better understand how they are used. Veneers are dental restorations that are made of thin pieces of porcelain. They are custom-fabricated for each person individually and then bonded into place over the front of one or more teeth to change the tooth’s appearance. These restorations allow patients to completely transform their smile. Porcelain veneers can be used for teeth that are:
When patients speak to Dr. Jamil Alkhoury about obtaining veneers, he encourages them to ask questions about these and other options available.
How are porcelain veneers applied to teeth?
Before veneers can be applied to the teeth, the teeth and veneers need to be prepared. First, the dentist removes of a thin portion of the tooth’s enamel and then impressions are taken of the prepared teeth and sent to a dental laboratory where the veneers are custom-made. The veneers are created to match the existing teeth’s shape, size, and color for a natural appearance.
Once the veneers are ready, the patient returns back to the office to have the veneers placed. The new restorations are bonded in place with a special dental bonding glue, which is a strong adhesive used for many restorations, including dental bridges and dental crowns. It is long lasting and durable, allowing patients to rest easy when enjoying their favorite foods. However, patients should be careful not to bite or chew on hard objects, such as pencils or ice, or bite their nails, which can cause the restoration to crack and/or fall off.
Patients who have a condition called bruxism, which involves clenching and grinding of the teeth during sleep, should speak to their dentist about the benefits of using a specialized mouth guard. This is an oral appliance worn over the dental arch at night that protects both the natural teeth and the veneers.
Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?
Most patients are appropriate candidates for the placement of porcelain veneers. Patients who are interested in veneers should book a consultation visit with Dr. Jamil Alkhoury and his team and discuss the advantages of this and other restorations used to enhance their smile.
During the evaluation, patients should inform the dentist of any problems they may have that could impact the success of the porcelain veneers or any other dental restorations offered in the office.
Learn more about porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are a wonderful solution for patients who have imperfections near the front of the smile. Dr. Jamil Alkhoury and his team at Brentwood Family Dental can help you determine whether veneers are a good fit for your teeth and provide personalized, thorough care to ensure that you are happy with the result. Call to make an appointment at 925-344-5296 or visit at 4411 Balfour Rd., Suite C in Brentwood, CA.
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