Porcelain veneers are one of the most effective ways to enhance the look, quality, and confidence of your smile. Certain imperfections like teeth stained from coffee or tea, minor chips or cracks in the front teeth, and worn biting edges can all have a profound impact on the appearance of your smile. These issues can also make a person look older than they are. With porcelain veneers, smile flaws can often be transformed into the smile of a lifetime.
Dr. Jeffrey Allred, a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, is pleased to bring the high-quality solution of porcelain veneers to men and women who are unhappy with their smiles. Porcelain veneers have been around for decades, and the quality of materials used to make these restorations today is first-rate. Read on to learn how Dr. Allred of Allred Dental in San Marcos, CA, uses this technique to create fantastic smile results for his patients. Most people have certain aspects of their smile they wish to improve. Once you learn more about the benefits of porcelain veneers, you may find they are a solution for your smile concerns.
The power of porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are individual restorations covering the front portions of the teeth, and they offer a bright, natural-looking appearance for the smile. Featured in the smile zone of the mouth, or the area on display when a person smiles, veneers are often revered as the crown jewels of aesthetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers from Dr. Jeffrey Allred can be highly effective at hiding cosmetic blemishes on the teeth, including:
- Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
- Worn or flattened enamel edges
- Minor spacing between the front teeth
- Ill-shaped or malformed teeth
- Unusually short or narrow teeth
- Yellow, gray, brown, or discolored enamel
- Slight tooth misalignment (overlapped or crooked teeth)
- Congenitally misshapen teeth (peg laterals)
The smile of a lifetime
In most instances, porcelain veneers can be completed in two visits to Allred Dental, and can instantly transform the smile once placed on the teeth. Featuring a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology and offering a comfortable and welcoming staff, patients can feel at ease while receiving cosmetic dentistry treatments. Patients can be assured that their porcelain veneers are fabricated from the best-quality materials at a professional dental lab carefully vetted by Dr. Allred. The number of veneers each individual requires will depend on their specific oral conditions and smile goals. To achieve a beautiful, well-balanced look, porcelain veneers are usually placed in pairs or on the teeth visible when a person smiles.
During your first appointment, Dr. Allred will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the surfaces of the teeth. This allows for the porcelain restorations to fit seamlessly over teeth without looking or feeling too thick. A set of temporary veneers will be placed on the prepared teeth and worn while the lab is handcrafting the permanent veneers. A week or two later, when your veneers are ready, Dr. Allred will carefully bond each veneer to the teeth with a strong cement, adjust the bite as needed, and polish the veneers to deliver an instantly brighter, straighter, and more radiant smile. With diligent care, porcelain veneers can last up to ten years or longer.
For a quicker transformation, Dr. Jeffrey Allred is proud to offer his patients CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) veneers. By using this advanced technology, the porcelain veneers are crafted based on digital scans of the mouth. This revolutionary method does away with uncomfortable physical impressions, temporary covers, and follow-up appointments.
Another option offered by Allred Dental in San Marcos, CA, is called no-prep veneers. This one-visit method saves time as well as the structure of the existing tooth. No-prep veneers do away with reshaping and shaving of the tooth that is common with traditional veneers. This method is ideal for patients with moderately misaligned smiles or small areas of broken or missing teeth.
Maintaining your beautiful smile
Follow a good oral care routine
Porcelain veneers are cared for in the same manner as natural teeth. These restorations should be brushed and flossed twice a day to keep them free from plaque and stains.
Avoid staining-causing foods, drinks, and tobacco
Though porcelain is remarkable for its ability to resist stains, it’s best to minimize the consumption of stain-causing products. Brushing afterward can help to keep veneers looking bright and pristine.
Get routine dental cleanings and check-ups
Just like natural teeth, porcelain veneers should be routinely cleaned and cared for by dental professionals. The team at Allred Dental recommends dental cleaning visits every six months, along with annual dental exams.
Avoid chewing on ice and biting pens or fingernails
These bad oral habits can weaken your veneers and may even chip or break the porcelain. If you tend to clench or grind your teeth, talk with Dr. Allred about the use of a custom night guard made to protect against wear, chips, and additional types of mouth and jaw damage.
Are you ready for a new smile?
Improve the appearance of your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Men and women who are unhappy with their smiles can turn to porcelain veneers to deliver dramatic results for a more confident, attractive look. If you have been considering smile enhancement through aesthetic dentistry, Dr. Jeffrey Allred and his team invite you to schedule a consultation at Allred Dental in San Marcos, CA. During your visit, we will listen to your dental concerns and help you decide if porcelain veneers are the right choice for you.