Porcelain Veneers in Pacific Beach, San Diego
Have you ever wondered why most movie stars have such flawless smiles? The secret behind many is porcelain veneers, which are small pieces of ceramic placed over the teeth to improve their appearance. You don’t have to be famous to enjoy the benefits of porcelain veneers; they are available at Pacific Beach Smile Studio with Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, a talented dentist in San Diego. Dr. Hernandez has used veneers to accentuate the smiles of a number of happy patients.
How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile
Porcelain veneers are extremely versatile dental restorations and can be used to accomplish the following:
- Mask small chips, cracks or discolorations
- Improve the size, shape or length of the teeth (especially the front teeth)
- Hide small spaces or gaps between the teeth
- Enhance uniformity between the teeth
- Cover up worn tooth enamel
- Conceal crooked or uneven teeth
Veneers are made from high-quality porcelain that is very similar to natural tooth enamel. The material mimics the translucent quality of natural tooth enamel. Because the veneers are custom-crafted to your unique specifications, they blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Whether you have one veneer or multiple, they will look like your natural teeth.
Planning and placing veneers typically requires two dental appointments with Dr. Hernandez over a two-week span. During the first appointment, he will examine the teeth that need veneers and take impressions. A small amount of tooth structure may need to be removed to accommodate the veneers. This is necessary to create a snug fit. The impressions are sent to the dental laboratory that fabricates the veneers. Dr. Hernandez will place temporary veneers while the permanent veneers are being made. Wearing the temporary veneers is helpful because you can provide feedback to tweak the permanent veneers for a better fit and feel. It is normal to feel slight sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages while adjusting to the temporaries.
Once your permanent veneers are ready — they usually take about two weeks to make — you will return to the office for your second appointment. Dr. Hernandez will remove your temporary veneers and place the permanent restorations. The veneers slip over the surface of the teeth and are bonded into place with a strong dental adhesive. Once the veneers are in place, Dr. Hernandez will make any last-minute adjustments as needed.
If placed properly, porcelain veneers can last for many years without a problem. The teeth need to be brushed and flossed as normal. Because a small bit of tooth enamel is removed to make space for the veneers, treatment is not reversible.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
How many dental appointments will I need for my porcelain veneers?
Dental veneers are placed and fitted over the course of two dental appointments over the course of two weeks. If the veneers are properly fitted, there is no need for follow-up appointments. However, if you feel like your veneers are not a good fit and you experience difficulty chewing or eating, you will need to come into Dr. Hernandez’ office so he can make adjustments to your veneers.
Is there any downtime following the procedure?
There is typically no downtime after treatment. However, you may have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the removal of a thin layer of enamel. This discomfort typically disappears within a few days.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure is typically performed using a local anesthetic to numb the treated areas, and Dr. Hernandez and his friendly staff make every effort to make it as painless as possible. We also offer other sedation options to alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling.
Will my porcelain veneers be a good fit?
Porcelain veneers are custom-molded from an impression Dr. Hernandez and his team will create of your teeth in a dental laboratory. These veneers are specifically designed for the best possible fit on your tooth. They are bonded into place with a strong dental adhesive.
Will my porcelain veneers look natural?
Yes! Porcelain veneers are designed to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. They are made of a very strong porcelain material with a translucent quality and color to match the rest of your teeth.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers are long-lasting. The typical lifespan of porcelain veneers is anywhere from 10 to 15 years, but it is not uncommon for veneers to last for decades and even lifetimes in some patients.
How do I take care of my porcelain veneers?
You should care for your veneers like you would your natural teeth. Good hygiene habits like brushing and flossing regularly are essential to maintain your new flawless smile. You should also avoid biting on hard foods and objects (e.g., bottle caps, fingernails) that can potentially crack or fracture your veneers.
How much do dental veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers varies from patient to patient. Porcelain veneers typically range in cost from $1,200 to $1500 per tooth. Dr. Hernandez can give you a more accurate cost estimate following an appointment.
Does dental insurance cover dental veneers?
Because porcelain veneers are considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure, they are usually not covered by dental insurance. However, Dr. Hernandez offers several affordable financing options for patients who wish to enhance their smile with veneers or other cosmetic treatments. To learn more about financing options, speak to a member of the Pacific Beach Smile Studio team today.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Hernandez
To learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can improve the appearance and uniformity of your smile, please schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ricardo Hernandez. Call Pacific Beach Smile Studio at (858) 272-6047 today to make an appointment.