Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers
What is a veneer?
A veneer is a thin porcelain shell bonded on top of the natural tooth. It is approximately a half millimeter thick, roughly the same size as a contact lens. Once applied, veneers can cover up a number of cosmetic dental problems, including deeply stained teeth, or those that are unusually shaped, small or misaligned among other benefits. Veneers from West Hills Smiles are especially durable and help the entire mouth (and face!) appear balanced and natural. At West Hills Smiles, the shape and color of your veneers are customized with consideration towards face shape, lip dynamics, chin, color of your hair, tone of your skin, tooth size, tooth color, nose and eye levels.
The process behind making your smile
Your first visit with West Hills Smiles will be our aesthetic evaluation session. We’ll take detailed photographs of your teeth and create images of what your new smile will look like. We will then take a detailed impression of your teeth and bite, allowing your doctor and ceramist to design a model of your teeth that are transformed into a new smile using a special wax. The wax-up serves as preview of the final smile makeover.
During your second appointment at our Pearl Dental Group office, we’ll show you the diagnostic wax-up model and pictures of your new smile, followed by preparation of your new veneers and transferring customized wax up to the mouth. Using special matrices and dental materials, a customized mock-up is created that exactly duplicates the wax-up in temporary veneers to the mouth, giving you the ability to test drive a new smile.
After wearing your temporary smile, you will return to provide feedback on the look and fit of your veneers. Many patients love it right away, but some patients like to play with a few changes to color, shape or length of the temporaries in the mouth. We will finish your new smile makeover by cementing your brand new veneers with our own custom colorist, minimizing any critical errors in the color matching of your new smile â€“ making sure we get it right the first time.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Veneers should last from 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer. They’re significantly more resistant to stain and discoloration and, unlike your natural teeth, maintain their brightness and luster for many years.
Why Veneers Instead of Other Options?
When you still have your natural teeth and Dr. Reyhani and Dr. Hakimzadeh deem them healthy and strong, cosmetic veneers often present a preferable choice above other options. Consider the following pros of veneers:
- Your healthy teeth gently show through the translucent material for the most natural finish.
- Unlike crowns, which often have a bit of space or a dark line at your gumline, veneers provide complete camouflage.
- We can place veneers on your teeth with minimal to zero prep work, unlike crowns or implants.
- Veneers address a variety of issues, such as discoloration and shape problems. This is well-suited to someone with more than one smile makeover desire or individuals with teeth too sensitive or resistant to teeth whitening.
What Can I Expect?
During your visit, we will take pre-makeover photos and create enhanced images to show you what your teeth will look like with veneers. Your new smile will begin with impressions of your teeth. Our team will then create mock-up veneers, known as “wax-ups” that you may wear temporarily. This trial-run will allow you to make any revisions to the shape of the teeth, the color, or to address any bite issues that may arise. Once you are satisfied, our master ceramicist will create your permanent veneers. During another visit to our office, we will bond the veneers to your teeth for a gorgeous new smile.
Make an Appointment Today!
At Pearl Dental Group, we are excited to help you achieve a beautiful smile, while guiding you toward making wise oral health decisions. Please contact us today to schedule your dental appointment with Dr. Reyhani and Dr. Hakimzadeh. We welcome patients of all ages at our Pearl office located directly off of Interstate 5. We extend a friendly chair-side manner and dental services to patients from Pearl, Lakewood, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Norwalk, and surrounding communities.