Porcelain veneers applied at Mona Lisa Smile Dental practice in San Ramon are tiny, thin, shells of porcelain that cover the front of a tooth and conceal chips, cracks, misalignment, and discoloration. Veneers are indistinguishable from natural teeth, since they are made of multi-layered translucent porcelain and custom-designed for each individual patient. For patients whose teeth are broken, crooked, or discolored, we can solve these problems quickly and easily with porcelain veneers.
Creating a New Smile with porcelain veneers
The first step in creating a new smile with veneers is to communicate exactly what you don’t like about your smile as it is now. It’s a great idea to bring in pictures of smiles you do like, as a starting point for discussion. It’s possible to see how porcelain veneers would look on your teeth in one of several ways. A model of your teeth can be created over which wax “veneers” can be placed; sometimes acrylic (plastic) or tooth-colored filling material can be placed directly onto your teeth to demonstrate the effect veneers would have on them. Molds of your teeth will be taken and used by a skilled dental laboratory to create your veneers, and you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear during the few weeks it will take to create your permanent veneers. When the veneers come back from the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth.
Dr. Mohammad Khandaqji, DDS places porcelain veneers right here in our office. The placement process for veneers is virtually painless, and it only takes two office visits. In the first visit, he administers a local anesthetic, and he or she gently shaves away a small portion of the tooth to accommodate the veneer. Next, he makes a mold of the teeth and mouth.Dr. Khandaqji, DDS sends this mold to a dental laboratory where lab technicians will custom-design the veneers to blend flawlessly with the patient’s surrounding teeth. Finally, he places temporary veneers, which patients wear until the permanent ones are ready – usually about two to three weeks.
When the permanent porcelain veneers are ready, the patient returns to our office for the second visit to have the veneers bonded to the teeth. In this visit, the dentist first administers a local anesthetic. Next, Dr. Khandaqji gently removes the temporary veneers. The dentist then carefully bonds the permanent veneers to the teeth using strong dental cement, making sure they fit comfortably. Finally, Dr. K buffs the veneers to a shine.
Once in place, porcelain veneers look and feel completely natural, and they can last a lifetime with minimal maintenance. Many patients also elect to undergo professional tooth whitening before their porcelain veneers have been placed.