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Porcelain Veneers

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers can transform your smile. These custom-made prosthetics are thin pieces of porcelain that fit over the front of natural teeth that have been prepared by modifying the enamel for a secure hold. After obtaining an impression of your teeth, our lab will fabricate your veneers and send them to our dental office when they’re ready.

Before your permanent veneers are crafted, treatment at Carmel Valley Dental includes a thorough aesthetic consultation and wax-up preview of your results to ensure your satisfaction.

When are Veneers a Better Option?

If you have intrinsically stained teeth, that is discoloration due to medications, illness, or genetic causes, teeth whitening will be less effective than veneers. Dr. Bancroft offers quality porcelain veneers.

In addition to brightening teeth, we use veneers to treat patients in the Carmel Valley to address several flaws that can detract from their smiles. Porcelain veneers can conceal stains, gaps, chips, small cracks, and mild misalignment issues in as little as two weeks after your first visit.

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Whether you choose teeth whitening or veneers, Dr. Bancroft is committed to helping you achieve a smile you can be proud to show off.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement.  They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.  The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.  Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

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