Daly City, CA, dental patients ask, “What alternatives to porcelain veneers are available?”

What alternatives to porcelain veneers are available?

Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment. Their popularity has grown in recent years because they can be used to cover a wide variety of perceived cosmetic flaws. For example, veneers can be used to cover a single tooth that is cracked, damaged, or misshaped, or several veneers can be used to cover teeth that are out of alignment or discolored.

Of course patients have several choices when it comes to cosmetic dental treatment. Crowns can be used to fix damaged teeth, cosmetic bonding can be used to rebuild a broken tooth, whitening treatments can brighten a smile, and treatments such as Invisalign can address misalignment. However, while these are all great options for individual situations, when a patient has two or more flaws, veneers become a great choice because it’s a single treatment that can address several items.

Application of dental veneers is a fairly straightforward process. First, the teeth that will hold the veneers must be prepared. This is done by removing a very fine amount of the tooth’s enamel. The enamel must be removed to make room for the veneer to be placed and still have a natural looking smile. Next, the dentist will send exact specifications to a dental laboratory that will produce the veneers. Once the veneers are ready, the patient will return to the dentist’s office to have the veneers bonded to the front of the teeth. Once the veneers are in place, the patient will have a great smile that’s so natural no one will ever know the difference.

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Caring for dental veneers is as simple as brushing, flossing, and keeping up with dental appointments. Good oral health will keep the teeth strong and healthy, while taking care to avoid certain habits such as smoking and biting into hard items will protect the veneers from cracking and discoloration.

Patients in Daly City, CA are encouraged to turn to Dr. Arellano of Dr. Leo Arellano, General and Cosmetic Dentistry for a consultation and examination to determine if dental veneers are right for their situation. Dr. Arellano and his team provide a complete suite of cosmetic dental services to help their patients achieve the smile they deserve.

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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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