An attractive smile can be yours with the benefits of porcelain veneers in Los Angeles, CA
An attractive, healthy smile can make a positive first impression, but if you are embarrassed by issues with your teeth, you may be uncomfortable smiling. If you are upset by imperfections in your teeth, such as discoloration, spacing issues, chipped teeth, or uneven lengths, you could see amazing benefits from porcelain veneers. Dr. O’Malley, in Los Angeles, CA, is experienced in correcting many aesthetic concerns with porcelain veneers.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most frequently inquired about cosmetic treatments because they are versatile. Veneers are a custom solution that can be tailored to meet individual needs and goals. The veneers procedure can be done in a relatively brief period, making it a fantastic option for patients who are interested in enjoying new smile quickly.
Some of the other benefits include:
- Addresses worn down or uneven teeth
- Covers spaces, gaps, and minor alignment issues
- Masks permanent staining and tooth discoloration
- Porcelain is resistant to staining, so teeth remain white
Porcelain veneers from the office of Dr. O’Malley are designed with your unique facial features in mind. The results will be a natural-looking smile that enhances your overall appearance, but never looks artificial.
The procedure for veneers
As with any procedure, patient comfort is extremely important. During the initial consultation, Dr. O’Malley and the team will discuss your concerns, goals, and the steps involved with receiving veneers. We have an extensive before and after photo gallery, which helps give patients an idea of what can be expected after the procedure.
One of the most important steps in the veneer process is the “wax-up” model of the teeth. This allows you to see how your smile will look with your new veneers. It also allows the dental team to accurately gauge how much tooth enamel will have to be removed to give you the smile you desire. Advancements in dental technology and procedures have allowed dentists to apply veneers without altering the teeth extensively. Because new porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, only a minimal amount of natural enamel needs to be removed to allow for a perfect fit.
Once you are happy with the wax-up model, temporary veneers are made to protect teeth and keep your smile looking great while your permanent veneers are being made. Depending on how many teeth are being fitted with veneers, the process of placing temporaries can take several hours. We believe in devoting our undivided attention to each patient, so you can ensure that during this time you will be taken care of by the doctor.
Once your temporary veneers are all in place, we recommend taking a few weeks to get used to them and allow us to make small adjustments when necessary. This will ensure that we have the most accurate information possible when we send off the specifications for your permanent veneers.
Once your final veneers are ready, you will return for final placement. This appointment usually covers the better portion of a morning or afternoon, but when you leave, you will have the permanent, stunning smile that you once thought was just a dream.
Frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers
Because veneers are a permanent, non-reversible procedure, it’s important to have all the facts before you choose to proceed. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Q: Does the procedure hurt?
A: To ensure our patients are comfortable, we will numb the area while the teeth are being prepared. Patients who experience anxiety may want to discuss options for sedation prior to the procedure.
Q: How long is the entire process?
A: A beautiful smile is worth the wait. While we try to work as quickly as possible, we never sacrifice quality to save time. Veneers are a multi-step process that takes several appointments to complete.
Q: How long do veneers last?
A: Porcelain is a durable material that can look beautiful and last for many years. Proper oral hygiene plays a key role in maintaining veneers long-term. Many patients enjoy their veneers for decades.
For more information on porcelain veneers, call 818-616-8838.