Smile Enhancement with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin layers of lustrous dental ceramic bonded to visible “smile teeth” surfaces to hide imperfections. Composite veneers are fabricated out of tooth-colored plastic resin. The cost of veneers depends on which type you choose. Porcelain is hard and durable, but composite is more economical. Either is a natural-looking solution, and the process is similar.

Dental veneers can dramatically enhance smiles in just two or three visits. Dr. Joyce Kahng at Orange And Magnolia Dental Studio in Costa Mesa, California, will perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth at your first appointment. She will then discuss what you would like to change about your smile. A prep visit is scheduled if there are no existing oral health issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, and veneers are the appropriate choice for your needs. Little or no anesthesia is needed for the dentist to buff tooth surfaces, thereby reducing enamel by about half a millimeter. Dr. Kahng will then take impressions, and if you feel any sensitivity with your prepared teeth, Dr. Kahng may recommend temporary veneers.

Shading information goes with the models to a dental laboratory where a professional ceramist fabricates restorations for porcelain veneers. You return in about two weeks to have temporaries removed and final veneers cemented in place. 

How veneers transform smiles 

Porcelain Veneers are an excellent choice to improve the appearance of:

  • A damaged tooth, flawed by chips, fractures, or wear
  • A misaligned tooth, or several that show when you smile
  • A stained tooth with discoloration from tetracycline, trauma, or root canal therapy
  • Discolored fillings in front teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

Porcelain veneers are better at resisting stains from foods, beverages, and tobacco, but with good oral hygiene, either type can look beautiful for many years.

Call at (949) 867-4346  to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joyce Kahng at Orange And Magnolia Dental Studio in Costa Mesa, CA to determine if porcelain veneers are suitable for your smile.