porcelain veneers

Porcelain Veneers


Dental veneers improve teeth in terms of their appearance and their strength. With porcelain veneers from our San Francisco dental veneers experts at CitiDent, patients can gain a whole new look as well as permanent concealment of a wide range of cosmetic flaws. Just a few visits to our CitiDent dentists can result in a smile like those enjoyed by many celebrities. Here is more about porcelain dental veneers, their benefits and who can receive them.

Porcelain veneers are ideal for covering up dental imperfections because they are tinted to match the color of real teeth. When patients do not receive satisfactory results from whitening procedures for tooth discoloration, they can ask our experts in dental veneers in San Francisco at CitiDent about porcelain veneers as alternatives. With proper care, this treatment can last for more than a decade.

Porcelain Dental Veneers San Francisco

Patients who choose dental veneers must visit our San Francisco porcelain veneers experts at CitiDent for three visits in most cases. At an initial appointment, patients discuss their treatment goals and have their current enamel shade measured by our CitiDent dentists. A second visit is used to prepare the teeth, take dental impressions for veneers construction and place temporary veneers for protection. At the third and final visit, our dentists evaluate the results and bond the new veneers to the teeth permanently.

Patients who are generally healthy and are not currently in need of major restorative work are generally candidates for this treatment from our experts in porcelain veneers in San Francisco at CitiDent. Although cosmetic goals are most often the reason for seeking veneers, patients who need teeth strengthened and protected may also benefit from this procedure.

Porcelain veneers remain a versatile mainstay of cosmetic dentistry. By undergoing this treatment, patients can completely eliminate signs of discoloration, cracks, chips and improper rotation and spacing. Depending on the goals of patients, this treatment can be applied to one or several teeth to correct minor issues or gain smile-wide symmetry. A consultation with our San Francisco cosmetic dentist can be scheduled to learn more about this treatment, its uses and who can receive it.

Minimal Prep Veneers

Minimal prep veneers are a newer type of porcelain veneers that gives patients similar aesthetic improvements but a lower profile, greater durability and easier placement. Like traditional porcelain veneers, minimal prep veneers are tinted to match teeth and can be placed to conceal structural and color-related flaws permanently. The distinct advantages offered by minimal prep veneers can be attributed to their thinness and the materials from which they are made.

Minimal prep veneer treatment offers faster, easier placement from our experts in minimal prep veneers in San Francisco at CitiDent compared to conventional veneers because minimal prep veneers are thinner. Requiring less enamel removal as a result, minimal prep veneers allow patients to have their treatment removed later if they need or desire it. Special construction ensures that minimal prep veneers last for as long as 15 years with proper care. Precisely tinted and translucent, minimal prep veneers can also emulate the look of real teeth better than traditional veneers can.

Like traditional veneers, minimal prep veneers require multiple visits to be placed. A first visit is used to establish treatment goals and determine construction requirements for the minimal prep veneers. At the next appointment, our San Francisco minimal prep veneers experts at CitiDent complete preparation that may include some removal of enamel from the teeth to be treated. If enamel is removed, temporary veneers may be placed to protect those teeth until the final appointment, in which our CitiDent dentists will place the minimal prep veneers and bond them in place permanently.

Minimal prep veneers can be ideal for patients who have generally good oral health but want better-looking, stronger teeth. This treatment may work well for concealing stained teeth that cannot be addressed through standard whitening, but very severe stains may require another type of veneers from our experts in minimal prep veneers in San Francisco at CitiDent because of the translucency offered by this particular treatment.

The durability and looks associated with minimal prep veneers make this one of the most popular treatments used in modern cosmetic dentistry. Whether patients have physical flaws or stains on their teeth, minimal prep veneers may represent a fast and effective solution. By scheduling a consultation with our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco, patients can learn more about this treatment and find out if they are candidates.

No prep veneers work great for patients with small teeth and multiple spaces. Pros of minimal-to-no-prep porcelain veneer over traditional veneers are that the teeth are minimally prepared, if at all, may be considered “reversible,” and have a better bond than traditional veneers that are more heavily prepared. However, the most important part of any cosmetic procedure is picking the right dentist and lab. Make sure the dentist has had a lot of experience with both prep and no-prep veneers and that the lab she works with has designed many of these as well. The brand name is less important than the craftsmen (dentist, lab technician) doing the work.

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