WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS
If you are located in Long Beach and you’re looking for options to improve your smile, veneers from Dodds Dental will give you the results you’re looking for. Veneers allow you to quickly cover up imperfections and cosmetic issues such as tooth stains, gapped or chipped teeth, or a crooked or misshapen smile.
HOW THEY WORK
At Dodds Dental, our veneers are made out of high-quality ceramic porcelain. Porcelain veneers are small, extremely thin prosthetics that are built to fit perfectly over your existing teeth, essentially covering unwanted cosmetic issues to give teeth a new, refreshed look. This option looks completely natural, and nobody will ever need to know you’ve had dental work when the process is complete.
Know What to Expect
THE VENEERS PROCESS
The process is simple, and typically takes only two appointments at Dodds Dental. Once Dr. Emily or Dr. Dustin confirms that veneers will work for your goals and your budget, your treatment will begin. First, a very thin layer of enamel (equal to the thickness of your veneers) will be removed from your teeth. This is to ensure that they will fit perfectly. When your custom veneers are created, they will be permanently bonded to your teeth. You’ll leave our Long Beach office with a bright, fresh new smile!
Enjoy the Benefits
OF PORCELAIN VENEERS
Veneers are a popular choice for many patients considering cosmetic dentistry because the treatment offers major benefits:
- Fast and non-invasive – There is no oral surgery required, making this an ideal choice if you have dental anxiety. The procedure only takes two appointments in most cases, making it fast and convenient.
- Long-lasting results – Veneers can last 10-15 years with proper care. They are strong and resist stains while requiring no special care.
- Natural look and feel – Your veneers will fit seamlessly in with your natural teeth, and they will also feel completely natural.
SEE THE BEFORE AND AFTERS
OF REAL PATIENTS
No. Veneers are permanent and are not removable. They are bonded tightly into place with dental cement, and there is no way for you to remove them yourself. The treatment is irreversible, and once you get veneers, you will need to keep wearing veneers for the rest of your life.
Lumineers are an exception to this. In some cases, they can be removed completely without any adverse effects. But usually, despite the fact that they are called “no-prep” veneers, a small amount of your tooth structure must be removed or modified before your Lumineers can be placed. This can affect your smile once the Lumineers are removed.
For all intents and purposes, both veneers and Lumineers should be considered permanent. Before you commit to having veneers, you should make sure that you are ready for the commitment of maintaining your veneers. There is no way to easily remove them or reverse the procedure.
Which Treatment is Right for Me?
Veneers vs. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are usually recommended for treating teeth that have been damaged by oral trauma or tooth decay. While veneers only cover up the front of your tooth, dental crowns cover up the entire tooth all the way down to the gum line, restoring it with a natural-looking false tooth. This protects the remaining tooth enamel from further damage.
However, while crowns are a good option for restoring damaged teeth, they require the removal of a lot of your natural tooth structure to ensure that the crown fits properly. For this reason, they are usually not recommended for healthy teeth.
Veneers are a good way to restore a tooth that is misshapen, slightly chipped, or crooked, but is otherwise healthy. Because they require the removal of much less enamel, veneers are a better option for treating teeth that are not damaged.
In some cases, though, dental crowns can be used for purely cosmetic purposes. For example, if one of your teeth is too small or misshapen to be treated with a veneer, it may be trimmed and covered with a crown to restore its shape.
What’s The Difference
Between Veneers & Lumineers?
The primary difference between veneers and Lumineers is in the thickness of the veneer itself. Traditional porcelain veneers are relatively thick (about 0.5mm) compared to Lumineers. This means that your tooth must be trimmed before the veneer can be placed to ensure that it does not add bulk to your tooth and that it fits perfectly.
In contrast, Lumineers are only about as thick as a contact lens (about 0.2mm). This means that, in many cases, they can be bonded to your tooth without removing any of your natural enamel. Even if some minor trimming is required, much less enamel is removed compared to traditional veneers. For this reason, Lumineers are also sometimes called “no-prep” or “minimal-prep” veneers.
Spruce Up Your Smile
GET STARTED TODAY
At Dodds Dental, we’re a team that cares about the health and appearance of your smile. Dr. Emily and Dr. Dustin are experienced cosmetic dentists who take a caring, informative approach to treatment. Call us today at (562) 439-0754 to get started, or drop by our office for an in-person visit at 5580 E 2nd Street, Suite 202, Long Beach, CA 90803.