Dental Veneers in La Mesa

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When you see a person with a perfect, brilliant white smile, chances are, they have received dental veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are placed over a person's natural teeth.

They are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures that provides you with a smile that you will love to show off. When looking for La Mesa dental veneers, choosing a prosthodontist with years of experience will guarantee a successful, attractive outcome.

Dr. Feinberg offers some of the best dental veneers La Mesa and San Diego have to offer, with an environment that is warm and welcoming for all patients. Using only the highest quality porcelain dental veneers available, Dr. Feinberg will use his knowledge and experience to give you the best in cosmetic dentistry, and a reason to show off your smile.

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A dental veneer is a layer of porcelain or composite material that is placed over a tooth to protect it from damage and improve the look of a smile. Many dental veneers are made out of porcelain, wafer-thin and custom-made shells, which are designed to cover and permanently bond to the front surface of your teeth.

The color, shape, size, or length of the teeth can be changed with porcelain veneers. They can also resist stains and imitate the light reflecting your natural teeth. Veneers are used for a variety of cosmetic issues such as teeth that are broken, chipped, or discolored. You may choose several veneers for a more symmetrical appearance. For example, some patients change the top front eight teeth, the most commonly applied veneers. Traditional dental veneers require more prep work than other veneers such as Lumineers and Vivaneers, often referred to as no-prep veneers, which are less invasive and take less time.

What types of problems do dental veneers fix?

Porcelain veneers can fix a number of issues:

  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Dental veneers can fix a great number of issues:
  • Discolored teeth
  • Fills in gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Pointed or unusually shaped teeth
  • Small teeth
  • Worn down teeth

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How many veneers will I need?

It depends on what you need. You may need and want only one veneer. Some people get their main eight front upper teeth done for consistency. It really depends on your unique set of teeth. The most common procedure involves between four to eight dental veneers to cover the areas that affects when you smile or talk to someone. It is often an opportunity for a full smile makeover, the reshaping of your teeth that will increase your confidence and appearance.

What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?

The veneers are specially created to fit the size and shape of your teeth ensuring that you have a natural resulting smile. Typically, dental veneers are created from porcelain material that matches the natural appearance of healthy, white teeth. Each veneer is a thin, individually crafted shell designed to sit on top of teeth.

We frequently provide dental veneers to people experiencing the following problems:

  • Significant discoloration of teeth. This may result from excess fluoride, tetracycline or other drugs, history of root canal treatments, or lifestyle factors.
  • Problematic wear and tear on teeth that has compromised their appearance.
  • Teeth that are broken, chipped, or have other signs of trauma
  • Irregularly shaped or uneven teeth.
  • Teeth that are longer or shorter than one another.
  • Irregular gaps between teeth.
  • Any other problem that affects the appearance of the surface of the teeth.

Not all dental veneers are created equal. Inexperienced dentists may provide veneers that do not match the size and shape of your mouth. This makes it imperative to seek a dentist well versed in cosmetic dentistry and who is experienced in producing great dental veneer results, so you get the smile you've always wanted. Call San Diego Dental Center today to schedule a consultation!

What are the disadvantages of porcelain veneers?

One of the biggest drawbacks of getting dental veneers is that the process is not reversible. If a veneer breaks or comes off, you will need to have it replaced or repaired.

With a porcelain veneer, the dentist has to remove some of the enamel from your teeth meaning you are more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. Porcelain veneers may not be the best solution for people with tooth decay, active gum disease, weakened teeth due to decay, fracture or large fillings, or have insufficient amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface. Dental veneers can chip or crack when people clench and grind their teeth too much (bruxism). Night guards are a good way to keep your investment (the dental veneers) safe if you do clench or grind your teeth at night, like a lot of people do.

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The dental veneers procedure

Dr. Feinberg has over 30 years of experience providing dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry services to the patients he serves.

He begins the process by performing a thorough assessment and smile analysis, including mock-up to help you envision what the final result will look like. This ensures that you can provide input on the look of your new smile. Getting porcelain veneers usually requires two visits. First, with little or no anesthesia, your teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the front surface of the teeth to allow for the small thickness of the veneers. An impression is than made of your teeth either digitally, or using a soft material set in a mold that you would bite down on. After preparing the teeth and creating a mold, temporary veneers can be made from then that will help to protect your teeth until the permanent veneers are created. This also has the added benefit of allowing you to see and "test out" your new teeth and smile.

This impression or mold of your teeth is then sent to a professional dental laboratory where each dental veneer is custom-made (for shape and color) for your individual smile. Once the customized dental veneers are created, they are specially bonded to the front of your teeth. The porcelain veneers are carefully fitted and bonded onto the tooth surface with special bonding cements and occasionally a specialized light may be used to harden and set the bond.

Here are the top 10 reasons to get La Mesa porcelain veneers:

  1. Change malformed or misaligned teeth
  2. Close gaps between your front teeth
  3. Cover up chips and cracks
  4. Fits proportionately with your other teeth
  5. Gum tissue tolerated more with porcelain veneers
  6. Little to no maintenance (as long as you maintain your oral hygiene)
  7. Long-lasting (between 12-25 years)
  8. Natural tooth appearance
  9. Prevent discoloration
  10. Resist stains

Dental Veneers FAQs

No, dental veneers do not require any special care. But make sure to keep up your good oral hygiene practices, especially brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. It may be recommended that you avoid certain foods and beverages like coffee and tea that can cause stain.

Yes, porcelain veneers are very safe. Keep in mind the process is not reversible.

The average cost of a porcelain veneer is between $1,000 to $2,500 and usually not covered by most dental insurance company, who consider it a cosmetic procedure. The variable in price depends on the type of veneers you choose, brand name available and other factors. However, a dental veneers can last up to 15 years, or more.

Porcelain veneers procedures are usually pain-free because your tooth is numbed before any work is done. It is necessary to numb the tooth and the surrounding area before removing the dental enamel. Sometimes, an anesthesia is used. After the procedure, there is little to no pain. On the subsequent visit when your veneer is placed in your mouth, you may experience some sensitivity for a few days. If necessary, you can take over-the-counter pain medications.

Porcelain veneers are durable and firmly connected to teeth. There is a chance a veneer could fall off because of a forceful contact or tooth decay. It could also be that your veneers were not bonded properly. If your veneer does fall off, find a safe place to store it and make an appointment with your dentist, who might be able to reattach your veneer.

Temporary veneers can fall off because they are made out of different, less strong material than a permanent veneer. A temporary veneer functions as a protection for the shaven tooth against sensitivity while you wait for your permanent veneer. If your veneer does fall off, find a safe place to store it and make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Porcelain veneers can correct some of your dental problems that braces cannot solve and do so in a shorter treatment time. Braces can make it difficult to speak clearly and can limit the types of food you can eat. They also get tightened over time. Veneers require less care (as long as you maintain your regular dental care) and are durable and long-lasting. Porcelain veneers can correct issues such as chips, gaps and stains.

Alternatives to porcelain veneers

There are some alternatives to porcelain veneers with options that can offer lower initial and long-term maintenance cost, less tooth structure loss, and results that can last a long time. Here are some alternatives:

  • Crowns: custom-made caps designed to fit naturally with your other teeth, including the color of your teeth
  • Dental bonding/Composite veneers: a quick and simple procedure that is more affordable than veneers and can improve the appearance of cracked or misshapen teeth
  • Esthetic tooth recontouring: a quick and simple procedure that rounds off corners, evens out biting edges and shaves back prominent areas
  • Invisalign: a non-invasive straightening treatment with a series of custom-made, clear aligners
  • Orthodontic treatment: a procedure that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of mal-positioned teeth and jaws
  • Teeth whitening treatments: the most conservative way to remove tooth discolorations and can result in a noticeably whiter smile
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Choosing the best veneers dentist for you

Not all dental veneers are created equal. Inexperienced dentists may provide veneers that do not match the size and shape of your mouth. This makes it imperative to seek the best La Mesa dentist who uses high-quality materials to ensure that best possible results.

Dr. Richard Feinberg is a La Mesa dentist and prosthodontist, who has received advanced training in the use of dental veneers and other cosmetic dental procedures. He is beloved by patients because he truly listens to their concerns before creating a treatment plan. When working with patients seeking dental veneers, Dr. Feinberg customizes the veneers until they match the look you're seeking.

Plus, he places a premium on ensuring that patients are comfortable during their dental procedures. To find out for yourself why Dr. Feinberg is considered the best choice for dental veneers in La Mesa and the San Diego area, contact us today.

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