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By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
July 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

A smile research study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than a third of Americans aren’t happy veneerswith how their teeth look, and they want to explore methods of improvement. A better smile can give you better results in various areas of life—it offers social, professional, and personal advantages. As you’re thinking of options for how to improve your smile, consider the advantages of choosing veneers, a cosmetic treatment available at Dr. Frank Skiba’s dentist office in Walnut Creek, CA.

No Need to Wait Long
A veneer treatment is usually finished in about three weeks. So, in less than a month you could have a completely different smile—just in time for your next big social or professional affair. First, X-rays determine whether your front teeth are healthy enough to maintain veneers. Next, a tiny layer of enamel is removed from the tooth to make room for each veneer and dental impressions are made. A few weeks later, your veneers will be ready to install (bonded, contoured, and polished). 

An Unbeatable Smile
The main reason why patients want veneers is because they look fantastic. They are thin but tough and completely hide unattractive dental imperfections, including chips, cracks, discoloration, and gaps. Veneers not only upgrade your smile, they also brighten up your whole face. Modern dental technology allows your Walnut Creek dentist to craft veneers that don’t look fake, square, or chunky—they will look contoured, smooth, and natural.

Long-Wearing Beauty 
When you have your teeth treated with veneers, your smile will look good for so long that might forget you ever had it restored. Many patients have them for about 10 years. Maintaining your dental health could keep your veneers looking fresh, bright, and beautiful for even longer than that. Scheduling regular six-month cleanings with your dentist will also extend the life of your veneers.

A Smile with Veneers
Can you imagine what your smile will look like with veneers? It could be a life-changing experience. Call the office of Dr. Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA, at 925-934-8149 to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

If you've been considering a cosmetic dental procedure to enhance the appearance of your teeth, you've likely heard of veneers. These veneersamazing 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.

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
March 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

An unsightly, slightly misaligned or discolored tooth can make anyone feel as though their smile is not up to par. Luckily, veneers can veneersrepair these imperfections and more. However, you may not know if dental veneers are a good option for you. Find out what makes for a good candidate for veneers and what veneers can do for your smile with Dr. Frank Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA.

Are veneers a good option for me? 
Unfortunately, not everyone is a great candidate for veneers. Those considering dental veneers should be free of any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. While veneers cannot decay themselves, the teeth on which they attach can, making a strong oral care routine in conjunction with routine dental examinations and cleanings crucial in keeping your veneers and natural teeth healthy and clean. Additionally, patients considering veneers should also understand that teeth whitening treatments do not work on porcelain veneers.

How can veneers benefit my smile? 
The most obvious benefit of veneers is the rejuvenation your smile will see afterward. Veneers can change the color, shape, length and width of your teeth. Thanks to the versatility of veneers, these changes can be as subtle or as dominant as you want. You can work with your dentist to plan exactly how you wish to see your smile after your veneer procedure. Your new veneers will cover the imperfections in your smile, boosting your confidence and self-esteem to make you feel as great as your teeth will look.

Dental Veneers in Walnut Creek, CA
Dental veneers are a permanent and non-reversible procedure which take several appointments with your dentist to complete. The first appointment will include preparing your teeth and taking an impression of your mouth for the dental laboratory responsible for creating your veneers. Depending on the veneer system, your dentist may place temporary veneers on the teeth to protect them until your final restorations return to their office. Your second appointment will take place about two weeks later, where your dentist will permanently attach your new veneers to your prepared teeth after removing the temporary restorations.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Frank Skiba at his practice in Walnut Creek, CA. Call 925-934-8149 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Skiba today!

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
January 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

With dental veneers, you won’t believe how much you can truly transform your smile.

You want a smile that’s ready for success, but when you notice stains, chips and uneven teeth it can be difficult to feel successful or veneersconfident in yourself. It’s amazing how much our appearance affects how we feel. So whether you are just looking to get a new appearance for the New Year or you want to wow them at your next job interview, our Walnut Creek, CA, dentist Dr. Frank Skiba has the answers for how to do just that!

What are dental veneers?

These thin coverings are made from high-quality tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin and are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve the color, shape and size of your smile. You may choose to only get one dental veneer to improve an unsightly tooth or you may choose to cover your entire smile to get a full makeover. The choice is up to you!

While dental veneers have been around for decades the materials we use today offer results that look just like your real teeth. There is a reason why so many people are choosing to get dental veneers in Walnut Creek, CA, to revamp their smile.

How are dental veneers placed?

There are many steps to getting dental veneers. Of course, once our Walnut Creek, CA, cosmetic dentist deems you a good candidate for this cosmetic treatment, these are the steps you can expect to go through to get your new smile:

  1. Imaging: Our computer technology makes it possible to show you the changes that your veneers will make to your smile, whether they are being used to brighten your smile, reshape teeth or just give you a more even, straighter smile. You’ll get a great idea of the smile we’ll be able to achieve through veneers.
  2. Prepping the Teeth: Before we can place your veneers, we need to make some room for them. This means shaving down anywhere from 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters of enamel to reduce the thickness of your teeth. From there, impressions are then taken of your prepared teeth.
  3. Trial Veneers: In some cases, you will be given temporary veneers to wear until your permanent ones are made. They will serve to protect the teeth that have just been prepared for your new restorations. This also gives you an idea of what living with veneers will be like.
  4. Placing Your Veneers: Since veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth you will have to wait up to a week to get your restorations. Once they are complete, we will remove your temporary veneers, apply a bonding resin between your permanent veneers and your teeth and then when you are satisfied with your look the doctor will harden the bonding agent permanently.

Do you think dental veneers could finally give you the dream smile you’ve always wanted? If so, then it’s time you called our Walnut Creek, CA, dentist, Dr. Skiba, to schedule your no-risk consultation. Let’s get you the smile you deserve!