12Feb
As more and more patients are considering improving their smile with cosmetic dentistry, our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentists have been fielding many questions about dental veneers. These porcelain cosmetic restorations can transform a patient’s smile quickly and comfortably, but what happens once treatment is over? Here is some information about what happens with your veneers once you get home…

1. Do I take my veneers out to clean them—like I would with dentures?

No, veneers are permanently attached to your teeth, so you’ll care for them by brushing and flossing—just as you care for natural teeth! Unlike dentures, which the patient removes throughout the day, the only time your veneers will be taken out is when a dentist replaces them with fresh veneers.

2. Will I use a special cleaning solution for my dental veneers?

No, again the formulations that you use for your natural teeth should be sufficient to clean your restorations. If, however, you use a particularly abrasive cleanser, talk to your dentist about how it may affect your porcelain veneers.

3. Will my veneers develop cavities?

Veneers do not develop cavities like natural teeth do. However, the tooth root, to which your cosmetic restoration is attached, as well the gum tissue around your restoration can still become infected. This is why it’s so important to continue following a thorough dental hygiene routine.

4. What about discoloration?

Porcelain veneers are designed to be stain-resistant. If you feel like you’d like to lighten the appearance of your smile, you should know that porcelain is not lightened with dental whitening formulas. Talk to your dentist about your options for whitening your smile.

I hope this was useful for you, and that you now feel like you know more about dental veneers and how they work. Still have questions? Call our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentist office!

16Oct
When you’re choosing a cosmetic dentistry treatment, you want to take into consideration what kind of regular maintenance and care your post-treatment smile will need. Dental veneers allow patients to transform their teeth and then maintain them relatively easily post treatment. Our Toluca Lake cosmetic dental office wants to help you understand how dental veneers age over time, read on for more information…

Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are attached to existing teeth in order to make them look more polished and aesthetically pleasing. Once veneers are placed they stay on the teeth (unlike removable cosmetic options like dentures), so you’ll care for them while they’re in your mouth.

For the most part this means that you’ll care for your dentures just like you’d care for your natural teeth. However, there are some additional steps that you can take to ensure the longevity of your porcelain restorations.

  • Don’t use overly abrasive toothpastes to clean your teeth
  • Don’t bite nuts or hard seeds with your front teeth
  • Try not to chomp or gnaw on ice or hard candies, as this can cause veneer breakage
  • If you suffer from bruxism (chronic grinding or clenching of the teeth) seek treatment right away
  • If you notice that your teeth are shifting, talk to your dentist right away. This can cause your veneers to come into contact with each other and weaken them over time.

Dental veneers are an amazing cosmetic dentistry treatment because they look and feel like natural teeth. By taking just a few proactive steps, you can safeguard your stunning veneers smile, and keep it strong for years to come. Feel free to call our Toluca Lake dental office to get more information about this exciting cosmetic dental treatment. We look forward to helping you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

02Oct
Both LUMINEERS and porcelain veneers can transform your smile in a short amount of time. While these treatment options are quite similar, there are some important differences that you should be aware of. For example, it’s important to understand that the preparation process for LUMINEERS and veneers are slightly different. Read on to learn more about how your teeth will be prepared for LUMINEERS and veneers, respectively.

At your personal consultation, our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentists will walk you through the processes in greater detail to help you determine whether LUMINEERS or veneers are right for you.

You probably already know that LUMINEERS and veneers are attached to existing teeth in order to improve the smile’s appearance. Now in order to have your veneer or LUMINEER placed, your natural tooth must be altered slightly so that the restoration will fit.

Veneers

When you have a veneer placed, your tooth will be shaved down so that the veneer will fit. The average tooth is reduced by about ½ millimeter so that the veneer will fit comfortably in the mouth.

After the tooth is altered, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and craft your dental veneer. Most veneers are ready in one to two weeks, and you may wear a temporary veneer until then.

LUMINEERS

When you have a LUMINEER placed your dentist will not have to shave off as much dental matter as they would have to for a veneer. This is because LUMINEERS are much thinner than veneers, so they can fit comfortably on the tooth without much enamel destruction. Because LUMINEERS do not require significant dental destruction, this procedure is reversible, unlike the dental veneers procedure.

Both LUMINEERS and veneers are made of porcelain, but their structures are slightly different—this accounts for the differences in the placement procedure. Both of these solutions deliver stunning results—just call our Toluca Lake dental office for more information!