Porcelain VeneersAn Overview
The best part about choosing Valley Dental Health for your general dentistry needs is that there is no reason to find a new specialist if you need restorative or cosmetic dentistry services. Our team is led by dentists Ashley Izadi, DDS and Roham Rafat, DDS, MS. Each has specialized training in all areas of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry. One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments offered in our Hunt Valley dental office are dental veneers. We offer several types. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat will evaluate your condition, explain all your options and help you make the best choice for your cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Are dental veneers right for you?
Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat use veneers to correct a wide range of dental concerns and cosmetic dentistry problems. We can use a single veneer to correct minor issues, or several tooth veneers for a dramatic smile makeover. Some of the common reasons for using dental veneers include:
- Repair broken or chipped teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Achieve a straighter, more symmetrical smile
- Cover deeply stained or discolored teeth
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, today’s patients have a wide variety of treatment options that can address just about any cosmetic or dental health concern.
Dental veneers are applied directly to the surface of the teeth, requiring varying degrees of tooth preparation for each type of veneer. At Valley Dental Health, Dr. Rafat and Dr. Izadi place all types of dental veneers, making a recommendation based on the dental health and cosmetic goals of the patient.
Porcelain Veneers What to Expect
A cosmetic dentist has many choices when choosing a material for dental veneers. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat may choose from the following:
- Composite resin veneers, also known as cosmetic bonding, are a type of veneer that is called a “direct restoration”. This type of veneer is often considered temporary and is used to correct a minor imperfection in a tooth. The cosmetic dentists will apply a tooth colored, biocompatible material directly to the tooth and sculpt it to the desired form. Composite resin veneers require very little tooth preparation. Though they are not permanent, they can be very long lasting with proper care and maintenance.
- A Lumineer is another type of dental veneer. This type of veneer is made from a thin, translucent material that will lend a natural appearance. Also called “no prep veneers,” a lumineer can generally be placed on the tooth with very little preparation and can sometimes be removed. Lumineers are not for everyone; the dentist can help you decide if they are right for you.
- Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent shells of tooth-like material. Considered the “gold standard” of dental veneers, porcelain veneers are a highly aesthetic choice, and the ideal choice for patients who want a very natural looking, long lasting smile. Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory and permanently placed onto the teeth. They are considered a permanent dental restoration since a small amount of the tooth surface needs to be removed. Just like your natural teeth, they will need to be cared for daily and can last up to 15 years if properly maintained.