Many patients who are unhappy with their smiles chose to correct this problem with dental veneers. Dental veneers are thin, usually porcelain, shells that are applied to the front surfaces of the teeth in order to mask unpleasant looking dental flaws. These dental flaws may include:
• Stains and discolorations
• Gaps and other spacing issues
• Small or misshapen teeth
Our veneers provider in Beverly Hills places the thin shells on the teeth using a dental bonding material. To do this, the teeth must first be prepared. This requires removing a thin layer of enamel from the front surface and abrading the tooth. This is so the teeth do not look too big or misshapen once the shells are placed. After this is done, the teeth will no longer be strong enough to handle everyday bite forces on their own, meaning the veneers are permanent additions to the smile.
Patients who are looking for a temporary or removable option for masking their unsightly dental flaws may benefit more from Lumineers. Lumineers, a type dental veneer, are just as strong as their precursors, but much thinner. This means that no enamel needs to be removed from the teeth for them to be placed, and they can be removed by an expert if needed.