Dr. Guy Mangia, DDS, specializes in providing custom veneers to patients in Sherman Oaks and surrounding areas of Los Angeles county. Over the past few years, porcelain veneers have become a go-to procedure for individuals desiring a gorgeous, straight, white smile. Each tooth-shaped veneer is custom-made in shape and color so as to build an attractive smile unique to each patient.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, custom-shaped to match individual teeth in a patient’s smile. They can be used to improve a single tooth or to reshape a smile completely by correcting undesirable tooth color, shape, and angle. They offer a less-invasive alternative to crowns as a smaller amount of natural enamel needs to be removed to place a porcelain veneer.
What kinds of teeth problems can be corrected with veneers?
Veneers are an ideal option for patients who desire a straight, white, beautiful smile. Veneers can cover crooked, misshapen or chipped teeth. They can resolve uneven tooth spacing and help teeth that are too small or too large. One of the most common reasons patients gets veneers is for a bright white smile that conceals tooth stains and discoloration.
What does getting veneers involve?
Typical porcelain veneer application requires two visits. During the first visit, natural teeth are lightly buffed and shaped to prepare them for veneer attachment. A mold of the mouth is made, and the patient will consult with the doctor to select a shade of porcelain that looks natural in the mouth.
Veneers are applied during the second visit. Teeth are cleaned with a special liquid, and then a special bonding cement is used to attach the veneer to the natural tooth. Next, the doctor applies a special light beam to harden the cement, creating a secure bond between the veneer and natural tooth.
How long do veneers last?
With proper care, porcelain veneers may last up to 10 years. Normal brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash can aid in keeping veneers looking good for many years. Though porcelain resists stain better than natural teeth, avoiding soda, coffee and red wine can help keep veneers looking bright white.
Are veneers durable?
Porcelain Veneers are strong and durable enough for all normal activities. However, veneers may be damaged during activities that would also damage natural teeth; for example, chewing on hard objects such as pencils or fingernails may damage the veneers. Individuals who grind their teeth may be poor candidates for veneers, as over time, this activity can cause the porcelain to crack. Porcelain is stronger than tooth enamel, but any activity that might cause damage to natural teeth can potentially damage veneers.