Veneers are a simple, effective way to improve the appearance of your front teeth. Whether your front teeth are stained, cracked, chipped, or unevenly spaced; veneers can transform your smile. At his Beverly Grove, Los Angeles office, experienced cosmetic dentist Derrick L. Thompson, DDS, places veneers that look natural to enhance the appearance of your teeth. For more information about veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored material, usually porcelain or ceramic, which Dr. Thompson places on the front surface of your teeth. They’re an excellent way to cover up imperfections that are visible when you smile. Dr. Thompson may recommend veneers for teeth that are:
If you have gaps between your teeth, veneers can cover those up.
Veneers are appropriate if your teeth have minor cosmetic issues. The results last longer than whitening and improve teeth with stains that don’t respond to bleaching agents.
Though veneers are usually cosmetic, they can also restore the function and strength of teeth that are slightly chipped or cracked. They’re more economical and less invasive than crowns or implants.
Dr. Thompson customizes your veneers so they match the rest of your teeth and blend in with your smile. They look just like natural teeth — if not even better.
When you get veneers, Dr. Thompson first takes an impression of your teeth. A dental lab uses these impressions to create the veneers, which match the size, shape, and color of your teeth.
Dr. Thompson needs to remove a bit of enamel from your teeth so the veneers can fit properly. The amount of enamel he removes is about equal to the thickness of the veneers. To protect your teeth while you wait for your veneers, he places temporary veneers.
You wear temporary veneers for a week or two until your permanent veneers are ready. Once your permanent veneers are ready, you come into Dr. Thompson’s office, where he bonds the veneers to your teeth. You can enjoy flashing your new smile when you walk out of the office, though you may have some soreness or sensitivity for a few days after the procedure.
With proper care, porcelain veneers are designed to last 10-15 years but can last even longer. They’re designed to be a permanent cosmetic solution because removing enamel from your teeth is irreversible. Eventually, you may need to repair or replace your veneers.
Good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is necessary for your veneers to last as long as possible. You can also take steps to protect your veneers. Avoid biting on hard objects and using your teeth to open packages, wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports, and consider a nightguard if you grind your teeth.
To find out if veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with Derrick L. Thompson, DDS, online or over the phone.