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Porcelain Veneers

Man examining his smile in mirrorAre you looking for a straighter, brighter, flawless smile? You’re not alone, and many patients believe the only way to accomplish their smile perfection goals is to invest countless hours and dollars into a complex orthodontic, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry plan. Lucky for patients of Polished General Dentistry, there is an easier option – porcelain veneers. In just two short visits, we can completely transform your smile, leaving you with a flawless, healthy appearance. If you want to learn more about porcelain veneers or other treatment options, contact our Carlsbad dental team to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation today. Our skilled dentist, Megan A. Shelton, DMD, will evaluate your smile, discuss your goals, and help you find the perfect treatment option to fit your needs, budget, and schedule.

Who Should Consider Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain custom crafted to fit over the front facing surfaces of teeth. Any patient who wants a simple way to transform their smile should consider porcelain veneers. This cosmetic treatment will seamlessly conceal and correct a number of chips, cracks, stains, and gaps in the smile. In fact, for patients with otherwise healthy teeth and a functional bite, porcelain veneers can be an alternative to a number of more advanced procedures like orthodontics or dental crowns.

How are Porcelain Veneers Placed?

The porcelain veneer placement process is completed in two appointments. During your initial visit, we numb the area to be treated and prepare the teeth. This typically includes removing a minimal amount of surface tooth enamel to allow us to lay the veneer flat within the smile line. Once teeth are prepared, we capture impressions of your bite. These impressions aid our trusted dental lab in crafting your custom veneers. Finally, we place a protective temporary veneer that will prevent damage to prepared teeth and allow you to grow accustomed to the look and feel of your new smile. Once we receive the final product from our lab, you’ll return for your second visit. These appointments are typically much shorter than the initial preparation visit. We simply need to remove the temporary and replace it with the custom porcelain veneers.

How do I Care for my Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers need to be cared for just like natural teeth. However, you may need to make a few minor changes to your oral hygiene products to avoid excessive wear. You’ll need to use a soft or ultra soft bristled toothbrush. You should also switch to a minimally abrasive toothpaste. Dr. Shelton can recommend some options following your treatment. Otherwise, you should continue to brush for two minutes at a time twice a day, floss daily, and visit our Carlsbad dental office twice a year.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

No cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for every patient. It’s important to completely understand your treatment options and feel confident in the cosmetic solution you select. For patients who do decide to move forward with porcelain veneers, there are numerous benefits including:

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