What are Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers are a custom-made cover, or overlay, for the front of your teeth that look and feel natural. We use porcelain for our dental veneers because we love the results porcelain offers. Porcelain mimics the appearance of natural teeth, including the way they reflect light. Porcelain veneers are also more stain-resistant than other common tooth veneer materials. 

Because of their attractive appearance, porcelain veneers are a popular choice for treating issues affecting the front teeth.

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Benefits of Dental Veneers

At Mid-Peninsula Prosthodontics, we understand how important it is to feel comfortable with the look of your teeth. And dental veneers can give you teeth you feel good about showing off. Imagine no longer trying to hide your smile or your laugh and having the increased confidence that goes with that smile you’re proud of! 

All of this is possible because veneers can quickly improve the look of your teeth — and that’s one of their biggest benefits. 

Another benefit of tooth veneers is that you can care for them just like your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing — no special care or change to your routine is required. 

Perhaps best of all, veneers provide immediate results and require almost no recovery time. Just like when you get a filling, by the time your anesthetic wears off you should be ready to eat and drink as usual.

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What issues can tooth veneers cover?

Dental veneers are a great solution for several common dental issues. Because they are custom made with your desired results in mind, veneers can be used to change the appearance of the teeth, including their color, shape, and size. 

What can dental veneers do?

Address tooth discoloration

The color of porcelain the veneer will be customized for your desired results and can be used to whiten the appearance of the teeth.

Misalignment or gaps

Teeth don’t always grow in straight. Sometimes teeth look uneven, or there are large gaps between some of the teeth. Porcelain crowns can be used to address these issues by being shaped to the alignment and spacing you desire.

Chipped or broken teeth

A chipped tooth, especially when it’s one of the front teeth, impacts the overall appearance of your smile. A porcelain veneer can cover this chip while providing extra stability for the tooth.

Small teeth

Veneers can even be used to adjust the appearance of the size or length of the tooth so that your smile will look and feel proportional to your other features.

Whatever issue you’re addressing, porcelain veneers leave you with a smile that’s not just restored, but a smile that’s even better than before!

The dental veneers procedure

Receiving dental veneers is a multi-step process. First, our Prosthodontists will assess your situation and work with you to plan the right solution. Your consultation and planning phase may include a number of diagnostic tools, including taking dental impressions or even x-rays. 

To prepare for your veneers, the teeth being covered are first reshaped, similar to the procedure used before applying a dental crown, but focused on the front surface of the tooth. 

Once the teeth are prepared, dental impressions are taken so that the veneers can be custom-made to the exact size and shape of their final placement. While you’re waiting for the final veneers to be made, temporary veneers may be used for your comfort — again, similar to the dental crown procedure. 

Once the veneers are custom-made for you, they will be applied in our office. If you’re receiving veneers for multiple teeth, they can be applied at the same time. The application process is undertaken with great attention to detail, making sure to achieve a comfortable fit.

Why should I see a prosthodontist for my veneers?

At Mid-Peninsula Prosthodontics, we believe you deserve the best possible care for your teeth, and that includes receiving high-quality reconstruction work. 

Prosthodontists are dentists who specialize in the aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth to their proper form and function, which makes them the ideal choice for restoration work such as veneers.

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Our Happy Patients

Dr Phan and Dental Assistant Jane were really Pros from start to finish. Jane was absolutely hilarious and very attentive, while also totally professional. Her and Dr. Phan made a great team and were able to solve my complicated wisdom tooth situation and always kept me informed of every risk before proceeding. Thank you!

Michael B.

Dr Beckstead is amazing. I had partial bone loss around one of my teeth and three dentists think that I won't be able to keep it, but Dr Beckstead performed one surgery and saved my tooth. It has been over two years since the surgery and I have not had any more issues with that tooth.

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