Having shiny, bright, white teeth has become a norm for our society and is associated with confidence, health, and good hygiene. This was not always the case, as our teeth are not naturally pure white. In the past, only children and few young adults had totally white teeth. Just like developing gray hair, yellowing teeth were accepted as a part of the aging process. However, the media, current pop-culture, and celebrities have changed the standards for our smiles. Just as you never see wrinkles or dyed-hair roots on a polished celebrity, you do not expect to see a healthy man or woman of any age to have yellow, discolored teeth.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a thin, translucent shell made of porcelain ceramic that fit over your existing tooth, giving it an improved shape, color, or size. For teeth that have been stained due to age, internal causes, bleaching will often not be enough. In this case, Dr. Zadeh may recommend veneers. They are a great way to correct not only stained teeth, but chipped or crooked teeth as well.
Porcelain veneers can also offer a great, quick alternative to more extensive (and time consuming!) orthodontic work. The process is often used to correct minor flaws from crowding, crookedness, or other aesthetic shortcomings is called instant orthodontics. There are always considerations when undergoing any form of cosmetic dentistry, and Dr. Zadeh, Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, will happily walk you through the whole process. Because of their versatility, appearance, and speed of application, veneers are often one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get that Hollywood quality smile you have always wanted.
In short, porcelain veneers are great for:
- • Fixing small deficiencies in your smile, such as crookedness, chips, and discoloration.
- • Improving the evenness of your smile, especially if you do not want or require extensive orthodontic work.
- • If your teeth are stained internally — veneers can restore the natural brilliance of your smile.
- • Repairing damage to the teeth that does not require a dental crown.
How Many Veneers Do People Normally Get?
This depends from case to case, and on what approach the cosmetic dentist who is administering the treatment recommends and what teeth are affected by esthetic deficits. Most patients only require 1 or 2 veneers to ‘iron out’ the wrinkles of their smiles, and get that perfect look they want. However, people with more extensive cases may need 4, 5, 6, even 10 veneers! It comes down to what the patient wants and what the doctor recommends. Most dentists attempt to be as conservative as possible, using the minimum number of veneers required to get a desired look, while others may go with more drastic approaches, that include the affected teeth as well as surrounding teeth. Another reason why some dentists push more drastic approaches as they lack the skill and care needed to create a natural looking smile on their own. Or they may simply be looking for a way to charge you more money. If you feel a cosmetic dentist is pushing too many veneers, do not hesitate to get a second opinion. You will never be pushed to have more veneers placed that needed here at Zadeh Dentistry.
Getting That Perfect Smile
Getting veneers will take several visits, depending on the extent of your treatment, but they are extremely convenient and attractive. On your first visit, you and Dr. Zadeh will both discuss your current dental health and the results you are hoping to achieve.
In some cases, with a slightly cracked or damaged tooth, dental bonding may be all that is required, but in more moderately severe cases that do not require a crown, getting veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth and even out your smile. If you have a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed, then a porcelain crown may be recommended.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Once you decide to get your veneers applied, the doctor will then prepare your teeth for their placement. To do this, Dr. Zadeh must remove some of the enamel on your teeth. This gives the veneers a surface to fit onto. You will be given local anesthetic as well to make sure you are comfortable through the procedure. However, with all dentistry, especially reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry, you do have the option for IV sedation as well. Then you will receive temporary veneers to protect your smile while your permanent veneers are constructed by our in-house technician. There may be some additional sensitivity following the prep-work, so if you have any concerns, please feel free to speak with the doctor and he will help find an option that works for you. This sensitivity; should however, go away in a couple of days.
Dr. Zadeh crafts your veneers in his office laboratory, helping reduce your costs and waiting time. Our master technician creates everything at our Beverly Hills dental office, where Dr. Zadeh has absolute control over the quality of the final product. We also try to use the thinnest, most conservative veneer appliances possible to preserve as much of the enamel of your tooth as possible. While your tooth may be discolored, broken, or chipped — it is still your natural tooth and we strive to preserve that. The goal is for you to have a healthy smile for years to come. Your veneers will also be matched to your teeth using various colors grades and materials. Other considerations are also made to make sure that your smile appears natural and beautiful. You will never walk away with bulky veneers or the feeling of ‘horse teeth’. Your veneers should be perfectly matched and blend in with your natural teeth.
On your final visit, the permanents will be put in place, giving you the perfect smile you desired. After the procedure, your crooked, chipped, and stained teeth will be ‘replaced’ with a beautiful new smile. The application of your veneers will be done under meticulous standards, as improperly placed veneers can lead to sensitivity and leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. It is important to speak to a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry and has a great deal of skill in placing veneers.
At this point, Dr. Zadeh will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your new smile and will be happy to see you for a follow-up appointment if you have any remaining concerns or you and the doctor find there are adjustments that need to be made. Regardless of whether you need one veneer to fix a chipped tooth, or want a full smile makeover, you will leave our office with a radiant smile worthy of the movies.
Lumineers: An Alternative to Traditional Porcelain Veneers
Sometimes, your staining, discoloration, or misalignment is not severe enough to warrant a permanent veneer. Lumineers can provide you with veneers without needing to remove any of the tooth structure in a fully reversible process. While traditional veneers can repair and restore the brilliance of a smiles, sometimes a patient may be uncomfortable with removing part of their teeth or the permanence of more traditional veneers. Lumineers are also used if the patient’s case is not severe enough to warrant the treatment of full veneers. Because of their reversibility, this makes Lumineers a great alternative to more traditional appliances.
You can view more before-and-after photos of porcelain veneers in our smile gallery.