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Dental Veneers

Restore Your Smile with Veneers

Your smile is one of the best assets you have. But, like some of your neighbors in South Gate and surrounding areas, your teeth may have imperfections that make you reluctant to share your smile as often as you’d like.

At Reza Dental Care, we want to make sure that you have a smile that you love, that you want to share with the world. Veneers may be a good cosmetic solution to deliver your best smile easily and quickly. 

Dr. Reza Ghasemi and our team are committed to educating patients about cosmetic dentistry options, and the hows and whys of treatments. So if you’d like to improve the appearance of your teeth, read on to learn more about porcelain veneers.

What’s a veneer?

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that we permanently secure to the front of your existing teeth, to improve your appearance. Most often, veneers are placed on 6-8 or more top teeth, depending on how many teeth show when the patient smiles. For those whose bottom teeth show when they smile, we can also place veneers on 6-8 or more bottom teeth.

What are the benefits of veneers?

Veneers will improve the look of your teeth. This should make you feel confident in your smile, so you’ll share it more often! 

You can benefit from veneers if you have:

  • Unusually-shaped teeth
  • Pointed teeth
  • Smaller-than-average teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Unevenly spaced teeth
  • Severe teeth discoloration
  • Uneven teeth coloring that whitening can’t resolve

What different types of veneers are there?

There are two types of veneers you can choose from: porcelain and composite resin. Dr. Reza can advise you on which type of veneers are best for your teeth. All veneers have these properties…

Benefits of porcelain veneers,:

  • Don’t stain
  • Are durable
  • Require removal of only a small amount of tooth enamel in most cases
  • Look natural, with custom shading
  • Each veneer is handmade for perfect fit

There are two methods of placing veneers: traditional and minimal-prep/no-prep. 

With traditional veneers, your teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount and/or roughing the surface of enamel so that the veneers will fit and adhere properly. With minimal-prep veneers, alterations to your teeth will be minimal, and no tooth alterations are made with no-prep veneers. No-prep veneers are not for everyone. They look most natural on patients who have small teeth.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers are the preferred type of veneer for most patients. If you choose procelain, each shell will be custom made to Dr. Reza’s design to create a unified, attractive look that will give you a gorgeous smile.

Unlike other veneers, porcelain veneers are fabricated with layers of strong dental porcelain for durability and longevity. If you care for them properly, they will give you a smile you can be proud of for 20 years or longer.

If you have one or two teeth that are slightly less than perfect, you may decide to have veneers placed on only those teeth. 

How do I prepare for my appointment?

Before your veneers are placed, you will attend a consultation appointment with Dr. Reza. During this appointment, you will discuss which type of veneer is the best and how many veneers you want placed. A thorough dental exam must be conducted, as well. 

Dr. Reza will take x-rays if you don’t have a current set on file. A visual inspection of your head, neck, jaws, and mouth will be done as well. The dentist will look for cavities, gum disease, abscesses, and other infections or issues. He will also check for signs of oral cancer.  

If your teeth are too crooked or uneven, you may need to wear braces or Invisalign(r) clear aligners before veneers. And if you have cavities, they will need to be filled. Cracked, broken, or deeply decayed teeth may need crowns, and other oral health issues will be addressed. 

Patients with significant issues, like advanced periodontitis, may not be good candidates for dental veneers until the condition is brought under control and good oral health is restored. We only build smiles on healthy foundations!

If your oral health checks out and your teeth qualify for veneers, your next appointment Dr. Reza will involve preparation for your veneers. This includes removing a small portion of your teeth’s enamel and making an impression of your teeth. Composite veneers may be placed the same day. Patients who choose porcelain veneers will wear temporary restorations while permanent veneers are handcrafted in our dental lab.

At the second appointment for porcelain veneers, Dr. Reza will remove the temporary restorations. He’ll make sure the permanent veneers will fit properly, then he’ll secure them permanently in place. A few adjustments may be made, he’ll check your bite to make sure good occlusion is present, and then you’ll face the world with your sensational, head-turning smile!

How do I take care of my veneers?

Before your tooth preparation, we’ll administer local anesthetic for your comfort. After this appointment, avoid eating foods that you need to chew until the numbness wears off, because you could accidentally bite your tongue or your cheeks.

Once your permanent restorations or composite veneers are placed, you may notice the surface feels rough. This is expected. The surface will become smooth over the next few days.

To extend the life out of your veneers, you should:

  • Avoid chewing on anything very hard with veneered teeth (ice, hard candy, nut shells, etc.)
  • Avoid using your front teeth to open packages
  • Avoid chewing with your front teeth (use them for biting only) and use your back teeth for chewing; this is the natural way we use teeth, in most cases
  • Wear a mouth guard when you play sports
  • Wear a night guard if prescribed
  • Brush and floss regularly
  • Attend regular dental checkups and cleanings twice each year

What alternatives are there to veneers?

Patients and dentists usually prefer porcelain veneers over other cosmetic treatments because veneers address many cosmetic issues with a single procedure. However, if veneers aren’t right for you, regardless of the reason, you can have these cosmetic dental procedures/treatments in lieu of veneers:

Teeth Whitening

Porcelain veneers permanently whiten teeth. However, chemical whitening also works well for removing stains and discolorations to create whiter, healthier-looking teeth.

Using strong but safe chemicals, Dr. Reza can brighten natural tooth enamel by many shades. Whitening can be done in the comfort of your home with take-home teeth whitening kits. This option takes 7 to 14 days to yield the boldest, best results. Home kits come with mouth trays you can reuse as often as necessary to re-treat your teeth. Additional gel may be purchased at our office. 

In-office whitening is fast and can be done during a lunch hour. Effects continue to surface for about a week, but no further treatment is required during this time. In some cases, in-office whitening can erase stains that home whitening cannot because it uses a stronger dose of the active whitening ingredient. 

White, Porcelain Crowns

Veneers correct the appearance of teeth in the front of the mouth by literally covering their front surface. Porcelain crowns also improve the appearance of teeth and may be applied to front teeth. However, crowns look bulkier than veneers, so creating a truly natural appearance is difficult, sometimes impossible. 

White crowns are made of custom-shaded porcelain so that the restorations blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth. Crowns cover the entire portion of a tooth above the gum line. They’re sometimes called caps because of how they fit over teeth, covering the top and all sides of a tooth. 

Crowns restore teeth with permanent stains, deep cavities or cracks, or large, failing restorations. Porcelain crowns don’t stain, and they can last 5 to 15 years if well cared for and in the absence of injury or oral disease. 

Dental Bonding

Made of composite resin like resin veneers, dental bonding adds structure to teeth. Bonding is often used to close or even out spaces between teeth, to restore shape to chipped teeth, and to reshape teeth that appear too small or twisted. 

Dental Contouring

Contouring involves removing structure from teeth. Dr. Reza can contour teeth that appear sharp, have rough edges, have small chips at the top, or appear larger than neighboring teeth.

Braces

Conventional dental braces straighten teeth, correct malocclusion, and can also aid in repositioning the jaw. Treatment time can extend to two years. These materials are used for braces: metal brackets and wires, clear or colored plastic, elastic bands, metal springs and screws.

Invisalign

Like braces, Invisalign straightens misaligned teeth. However, Invisalign uses clear acrylic aligners. Each aligner shifts teeth to a certain position, then the next aligner continues treatment. A series of aligners are used for complete treatment, which takes 18 months, sometimes less. Aligners are removable, but should be worn 22 hours a day to remain on track with the treatment schedule.

Talk with Dr. Reza about the cosmetic treatment(s) you’re interested in, and he’ll answer all of your questions. Together, with his knowledge, your case requirements, and your personal preferences the two of you will determine the very best treatment plan to meet your cosmetic dental goals.

Your New Smile Awaits at Reza Dental Care

You don’t have to live with imperfect teeth and a sub-par smile. At Reza Dental Care we are committed to restoring your beautiful, bright smile. If veneers are right for you, you’ll be amazed at the results, and you’ll light up the world with your new smile. Schedule your consultation today by calling (323) 457-8787, and Reza Dental Care will help you decide on the best cosmetic dental treatment to meet your goals.

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