Porcelain Dental Veneers in Bakersfield, CA
Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain, tooth-colored material that are custom-designed and bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. Dental veneers are both a cosmetic and restorative treatment because they correct a wide range of problems, including chipped, decayed, worn, gapped, stained, or crooked teeth, while improving your smile.
The Veneer Procedure
During your first appointment, Dr. Luis Estrada will examine your teeth and mouth thoroughly to check for any problems that may need to be treated first before veneer placement. If you’re a suitable candidate, you will select the veneer material and choose the shade or color from a shade chart. He will then design your treatment plan using imaging technologies, so you have a preview of what to expect after treatment.
When satisfied with the design of your veneer treatment plan, Dr. Estrada will administer a local anesthetic to help you relax during tooth preparation. He will then use a bur, small handheld rotating cutting tool, to remove some of the tooth structure (about 0.5 mm) and shape your tooth so the veneer fits precisely.
With porcelain veneers, Dr. Estrada will make an impression of the prepared teeth and use it to make a mold of your mouth, which will then be sent to a lab to fabricate your porcelain veneers. Temporary veneers will be placed to avoid any sensitivity, and will be replaced with the permanent custom veneers on your next appointment. Conventional porcelain veneers often last 10 to 15 years with proper care.
Are veneers right for you?
If you’re feeling self-conscious about the condition of your teeth and smile, Dr. Estrada may recommend dental veneers to make your smile brighter and help you gain confidence. However, he must first ensure that you have enough tooth enamel for the preparation to avoid tooth sensitivity. Please schedule an appointment today to find out more about veneers and to determine whether they’re right for your case.