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Dental Veneers


Few people are blessed with a uniform, perfectly white smile. In fact, many patients dislike the look of their smile, though their oral health is impeccable. Veneers can cover most of the minor flaws in your teeth and give you the smile of your dreams. If you have good periodontal health, commit to maintaining oral hygiene, and have enough healthy enamel, you might make a good candidate for veneers. Call our office today at 310-510-0322 to find out more.

What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are extra thin pieces of porcelain the dentist uses to create a natural, uniform-looking smile. Veneers bond directly to the surface of front teeth and requires little or no anesthesia. Through slight alterations, these applications can change the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Also, veneers share many similar properties of natural enamel. They are strong and resilient, and you can maintain your veneers just as you would maintain your natural teeth.

Problems Often Corrected by Veneers

Veneers do have limitations, but for the most part, the dentist can use these laminates to correct:

  • Severely discolored teeth that cannot be treated with whitening
  • Worn down, chipped, or slightly fractured teeth
  • Uneven or slightly misaligned teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Gaps in prominent front teeth

Procedure for Dental Veneers

Getting veneers is a several step process. The entire treatment can take up to three appointments. Here is what you can expect:

First Appointment: Diagnosis and Treatment Plan

During this first stage, Dr. Calise will evaluate the health and condition of your smile, and make sure veneers are the right procedure. Then you will work together with him to plan your smile design. During this stage do not hesitate to ask veneers related questions. The dentist is likely to take x-rays, just to be sure this is not a more serious issue that requires treatment.

Second Appointment: Preparation

Now the dentist must prepare teeth. He will remove about half a millimeter of the enamel to make room for the dental veneers. This also roughs up the surface to ensure a more secure bond once veneers are in place. Next, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send the information to the lab. There they will fabricate your veneers, which usually takes about two weeks.

Third Appointment: Bonding

As soon as your veneers are finished the dentist will call you back in for your final appointment. Dr. Calise will temporarily adhere the veneers to your teeth and test the sizing and fit. If everything looks good he will permanently adhere the veneers one by one. Once he has bonded all the veneers in place you can walk out of the office with your brand new smile.

Some Drawbacks of Veneers

Veneers are not a cosmetic cure-all. The preparation phase makes dental veneers a non-reversible treatment. Once the enamel is gone, it does not grow back. You will need veneers or other dental restorations for the rest of your life. Also, veneers only fix minor cosmetic problems. Extensive malocclusion or malformed teeth will require other dental treatments like orthodontics or crowns.

Get Veneers from Dr. Calise

Unhappy with your smile? At Avalon Dental Clinic we can help boost your confidence with the smile of your dreams. Call us today at 310-510-0322 and ask about dental veneers.