If you've been considering a cosmetic dental procedure to enhance the appearance of your teeth, you've likely heard of veneers. These amazing restorations combine several procedures into one by covering up a multitude of cosmetic flaws in your smile, but you make still have some questions about them. Dr. Frank Skiba, your dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, has answered some common inquiries about veneers in this blog post.
What do veneers fix?
While veneers from your dentist don't repair decay or other health issues, they do change the appearance of your teeth by covering up a variety of physical problems that can occur in your smile. Whitening-resistant stains, chips, cracks and other signs of breakage, alignment issues like overlapping or gaps, and genetic flaws in the shape of your teeth become flawless once veneers are placed over them.
How are veneers made?
Veneers are crafted from porcelain, a high-quality ceramic material that has been used for dental restorations since the late 1800's. Porcelain's strength as well as its natural light color make it an excellent replacement for natural teeth. Using measurements taken by your Walnut Creek dentist, computer-aided machines carefully carve out slices of porcelain for each veneer that are only about half the width of a dime. Each veneer is then smoothed, shaped, and painted to be perfectly realistic. The finished products, which usually consist of between four and ten veneers, are then sent to Dr. Skiba for placement.
How are veneers placed?
Your dentist will start by removing a very thin layer of enamel, the hard outer covering of your natural teeth, with a buffing tool. This ensures that your new veneers will fit comfortably and attractively. Each veneer is then bonded to the corresponding tooth and any adjustments are made at that time.
Veneers might sound too good to be true, but when you schedule a consultation with your dentist Dr. Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA, they'll become a reality! Contact our office today.