What are Porcelain Veneers?

What are Porcelain Veneers?


Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that are bonded to your teeth to help you achieve the ultimate smile makeover. Porcelain dental veneers in Downtown San Diego are especially popular because they can completely transform even the most worn teeth and help you gain self-confidence. The treatment is also a life-saver for patients who rely on having a friendly, bright smile to succeed in their careers.

What to Expect When Getting Porcelain Veneers

Our traditional porcelain veneers are made from a highly durable porcelain material used to restore strength and dramatically enhance your teeth’ appearance. Veneers present little risk to your oral health and are completely biocompatible. However, it is important to keep in mind that traditional veneers are a permanent dental solution that requires alterations to your natural tooth structure.

The first step in the veneer process involves removing a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. This process is irreversible, so you should be confident that you are ready to proceed with treatment. Next, we will take molds of your teeth to create your custom veneers. Once the mold has been taken, your dentist will fit you with temporary veneers while your permanent ones are being created. Our team is equipped with an in-office lab, so your veneers will be constructed onsite in just a few days. The final step is to schedule an appointment to bond your permanent veneers to your teeth and make any final alterations to the fit.

Porcelain dental veneers in Downtown San Diego are typically as strong and durable as natural teeth. This feature allows them to make your smile not only more cosmetically beautiful but also functionally stronger as well.

Benefits of Porcelain Dental Veneers

Porcelain veneers look like natural teeth and blend in to create the perfect “Hollywood Smile” we all know and love. They can cover severely discolored or malformed teeth and provide results that would be impossible with other treatments, such as traditional whitening or teeth bonding. Although they do need to be replaced eventually, you can expect porcelain veneers to last 10-20 years before they begin showing signs of wear and tear. Porcelain veneers are also less likely to chip or fracture over time and may be beneficial for patients whose natural teeth are prone to breaking.

Because veneers require virtually no recovery time, you’ll see results immediately. Unlike other treatments, which may not be suitable for more severe or persistent cosmetic concerns, veneers can address a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Severe stains and discoloration
  • Chipped teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Misshapen/Malformed teeth
  • Misalignment (crooked teeth)
  • Gaps between teeth

What Are Same-Day Veneers?

If you’re hoping to complete your treatment soon, Fifth Avenue Dental Arts also offers same-day veneers using our CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology. Same-day veneers live up to their name and allow patients to enhance their smiles with porcelain veneers in just one visit.

To begin, your dentist will create a 3D digital image of the tooth or teeth being treated. Next, the CEREC software is used to shape your custom veneer digitally to match the 3D image of your tooth. Finally, we send the digital model to an in-office milling machine that constructs the veneer while you wait. Once the veneer is complete, your dentist will make final alterations to its shape and fit before permanently cementing it to your tooth. From start to finish, you can visit our office in the morning and leave late that same afternoon with a brand-new smile.

If you’ve been searching for a dentist that offers porcelain dental veneers near you, you may be overwhelmed with your options. At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts, we offer many treatments to enhance your smile, including Lumineers®, traditional veneers, and same-day veneers. Our highly qualified dentists will work with you to create a custom treatment plan and give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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