What is the purpose of porcelain veneers for San Francisco, CA area patients?
Dr. Leo Arellano of San Francisco, CA is a dedicated professional ready and willing to help patients enhance their smiles. The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to assist individuals in building the smile of their dreams, even when imperfections are present. One of the most common solutions for imperfections on the front teeth is porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a popular and affordable way for patients to make changes to their smiles that build self-confidence.
What is a porcelain veneer?
A porcelain veneer is a restoration that is fabricated to cover the front of a natural tooth to change its appearance. They act as ceramic facings bonded onto the natural tooth. Many patients love the versatility of a porcelain veneer and all it can achieve.
What is the purpose of a porcelain veneer?
Dr. Leo Arellano describes veneers as facings meant to cover problem areas of the smile, particularly on the front teeth. These are the teeth that are most visible when patients smile, laugh, or speak with others. These teeth can become damaged or imperfect, causing patients to feel self-conscious about how they look. Porcelain veneers can be used in many ways.
- To cover teeth that are chipped and broken
- To cover two teeth next to each other which have a gap in-between
- To cover a natural tooth that is permanently discolored
- To bond over a crooked tooth to make it look straight
- To cover a tooth with an unusual shape to blend into the smile
Veneers are incredibly versatile, and we encourage patients to ask about these restorations when they have one or more imperfections in the smile they want to address.
Why porcelain veneers?
There are many reasons why patients in the San Francisco, California area often choose to move forward with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers have a natural appearance because they are custom-made for the patient. The veneer is made in the same shape, size, and color as the existing teeth so that they blend in with the smile when they are bonded in place. No one wants a restoration that looks like a dental repair, so we color match these types of restorations for an aesthetic appearance. Porcelain veneers are made of a durable material which reduces the risk of breakage. If a porcelain veneer breaks, it often protects the structure of the natural tooth underneath, eliminating the chance of the natural tooth becoming broken. However, we do offer patients ways to protect their veneers to increase their longevity. This may include the use of special mouth guards at night for patients who clench or grind their teeth due to bruxism. Restorations, just like natural teeth, are at risk of damage and breakage when patients chew or bite on extremely hard objects such as hard candies or ice cubes, so patients should be well aware of what they put in their mouths and how it can affect their dental restorations. Porcelain veneers are also a fast and affordable way for patients to make cosmetic changes to their smiles. We encourage patients to also consider alternative treatments that are available in our practice, including dental crowns and composite resin bonding. During the initial evaluation and consultation appointment, our team will educate patients on the different variety of treatments available for their specific needs and help them make a knowledgeable decision with regard to how to move forward with their cosmetic dentistry treatments. We can also work with patients to develop a treatment plan to enhance the entire smile with a smile makeover, combining several cosmetic treatments for optimal results.
Schedule a visit today!
At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients in the San Francisco, CA community and beyond can enjoy a wide range of aesthetic solutions for the smile, including the fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers. By calling our practice, patients can consult with our team to discuss the advantages of this and many other options for repair and enhancement. Call the office today for an appointment at 415-881-4343 and visit us at 3030 Geary Boulevard. We welcome new patients and families into our state-of-the-art dental facility for comprehensive dentistry.