You may not have heard the term teeth veneers before because most patients and dentists call them porcelain veneers. Whichever name it goes by, this cosmetic dentistry procedure helps to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the teeth. Teeth veneers, which contain both porcelain and ceramic, adhere to the front of a tooth to conceal slight cosmetic issues. These may include:

  • Some of your teeth are permanently stained
  • You have a crack or chip in a tooth
  • You have a large gap between your two front teeth
  • One or more of your teeth are slightly misshapen

Receiving teeth veneers is a simple, non-invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure that enhances the appearance of your smile and improves your self-confidence.

What to Expect at Your Appointment to Receive Teeth Veneers

When you arrive at Smiles of La Mesa for your first appointment, Dr. Prasad Gonavarum inspects your all of your teeth to make sure that your oral health is good overall. It’s essential that the tooth where he will place the veneer is healthy enough to support it. Depending on the thickness of your teeth, Dr. Prasad Gonavarum may need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to enable the veneer to stay in place. This ensures that it won’t stick out further than the rest of your teeth.

After taking a pattern of your teeth, Dr. Prasad Gonavarum sends it to our laboratory to create your new veneer. When it is ready, we will contact you to come in for your final fitting.

How to Care for Your Veneer

Teeth veneers are naturally resistant to staining, which is not the case with your natural teeth. However, it’s still important to brush and floss your teeth regularly. You should also avoid subjecting the veneer to undue stress, such as chewing on ice cubes or hard foods regularly. Most teeth veneers last an average of 10 years when patients make caring for them a priority.