Porcelain Veneers and Smoking

Beautiful surprised woman isolated on whiteAre you happy with you smile? Or does it feature multiple cosmetic flaws that you wish will disappear? If this is the case for you, our dentist might recommend dental veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of the teeth using dental bonding. They can mask many different cosmetic flaws, such as chips, cracks, crookedness, and stains.

Speaking of stains, this is an important factor once the veneers are placed. Dental veneers are typically made out of porcelain, which is a material used often in dentistry for several reasons. One reason is that it resists stains, making this one cosmetic issue patients can worry less about.

However, it is important to remember that stain resistant still means that staining can occur. One way to get stains on your porcelain veneers is by smoking. Nicotine can very easily alter the color of the teeth, as well as veneers and restorations, such as crowns and fillings. Patients who get teeth whitening, restorations, or veneers are encouraged to refrain from smoking.

For more information about dental veneers in Beverly Hills, CA and how to prevent stains, schedule an appointment with us today.

Porcelain Veneers and Smoking

Porcelain Veneers for Front Teeth

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Veneers are thin, translucent laminates that act as camouflage for bad teeth. They hide everything from heavy extrinsic stains to chips or cracks. Due to their thinness, veneers can mask with a high degree of subtlety. Tooth enamel is usually minimized beforehand to guarantee a lifelike appearance.

Front teeth are almost always included in veneer placement. Most patients want to clean up their smile zones, and not all patients show the same number of teeth when they smile. But front teeth are always shown, and veneers are often used to fix gaps in front teeth when the patient doesn’t want to use dental bonding.

For instance, a patient could have aging crowns on their two front teeth. Or their two fronts could clash with the rest of the teeth, due to uneven sizing or an injury. In the former scenario, our dental veneer dentist in Los Angeles might place new crowns on the two front teeth, and fit the adjoining teeth with veneers.

As part of their smile makeover, some patients may combine laser gum surgery with 4 to 8 veneers. This improves both smile quality, and contributes to oral health.

Porcelain Veneers for Front Teeth

How to Care for Porcelain Veneers

0002Porcelain veneers are the sturdiest, longest-lasting type of veneers. To keep them looking their best, however, the right care is required. Here is how to keep porcelain veneers in good shape.

Rinse After Eating or Drinking

If you eat or drink anything rich in pigments, such as coffee or tea, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards. The longer pigments are allowed to settle on your veneers, the more likely they will cause lasting discoloration. Tobacco, another common cause of stains, should be avoided entirely.

Brush Every Day

Just like other teeth, teeth capped with porcelain veneers must be brushed every day to minimize risks of staining. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and avoid teeth-whitening toothpastes, which often contain abrasive substances that can damage porcelain veneers.

Never Whiten Veneers

Teeth whitening products and procedures are not designed to work on veneers. If you use them anyway, only the teeth surrounding your veneers will be bleached. This could create a noticeably two-tone smile. Instead, our cosmetic dentist in Northridge may recommend polishing or replacement.

Porcelain veneers can look great for decades if you take care of them. To learn more about caring for porcelain veneers, you can schedule a consultation with our porcelain veneers dentist in Northridge.

How to Care for Porcelain Veneers

Problems Fixed with Porcelain Veneers

0054Porcelain veneers are very popular, with many reasons to be so. Veneers can correct a wide range of cosmetic issues with the teeth, all in one product that is individually created to fit to your specific needs.

Porcelain veneers are thin as a wafer and fit right over the surfaces of prepared teeth. They are semi-translucent, so they look very natural in color to natural teeth. You can cover up a myriad of cosmetic flaws through the placement of veneers.

Veneers can be used to cover up stains or discoloration on the teeth. When attached to the fronts of your teeth, they provide a whiter and brighter covering that looks completely natural.

Cosmetic porcelain veneers can also be used to cover teeth that are cracked or chipped. Once any damage has been fixed, veneers can be placed to provide a new look for your teeth.

Many people choose to have veneers because they can make slightly crooked teeth appear to be straighter. Minor gaps can also be filled in with the placement of cosmetic veneers. Small teeth can also be made to appear larger. Discuss your options for a better smile with your Los Angeles porcelain veneers dentist.

Problems Fixed with Porcelain Veneers

History of Veneers

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In the early days of Hollywood, actors often had shockingly bad teeth due to inadequate or nonexistent dental care. Preventive dental care was virtually unheard of during the first years of the 20th century, so tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious dental problems were common, and cosmetic dentistry was a dream on the distant horizon. Although the actors were able to maintain a glamorous appearance up to a point, the second they opened their mouths to speak, the illusion was destroyed.

Dr. Charles Pincus found a solution in 1930 when he created the Hollywood smile. He found a way to make temporary veneers, or thin shells that could be attached to the front surfaces of actors’ teeth to cover up all the stains, chips, and other unsightly flaws. The bond between the veneers and teeth was just strong enough to keep the actors’ smiles looking good during filming, but it was not a long-term solution yet. In the 1980s, a team of researchers found that etching the surface of teeth could create a rougher surface and superior bond. This one small change resulted in the ability to keep veneers attached to teeth for more than a decade.

Today, dental veneers are one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry, and virtually anyone can have a beautiful, Hollywood smile. Call our office today to learn more about porcelain veneers or to schedule an appointment with our team.

History of Veneers

Are Lumineers Better than Veneers?

portraits of pretty teen sistersLumineers and veneers are similar dental restorations that are used primarily for cosmetic purposes. Both use thin layers of porcelain to conceal visible flaws on the surfaces of teeth. Our cosmetic dentist can use Lumineers and veneers to cover chips, discolorations, stains, worn enamel, cracks, gapped teeth and other common flaws.

Both have pros and cons that make them great choices for different smiles. Veneers are usually placed in about three visits while Lumineers only take two. The difference is due to the preparation process. Lumineers rarely require any preparation of the tooth’s surface unlike veneers, which require teeth to be trimmed or adjusted so that the veneers can be bonded comfortably to the teeth. Lumineers are thinner than veneers, so they can be placed right over the top of the teeth without shaving the teeth.

This makes Lumineers a more conservative restoration as well as a reversible one, and many people prefer their simplicity. However, some patients may benefit from the more complex preparation process associated with veneers due to the nature of their dental needs. Call our Lumineers dentist in West Hollywood today to learn more about whether Lumineers or veneers are best for your smile or to schedule your appointment with our team.

Are Lumineers Better than Veneers?

Are Veneers the Best Option for Me?

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It seems that everyone wants to have a glamorous smile. To some, porcelain veneers may seem like a quick fix to improve the look of your teeth. While this is true in many cases, it is best to choose veneers to correct smaller issues with your smile. For bigger problems, you may need other treatments with a smile makeover for best results.

An expert in porcelain veneer in Los Angeles can help to determine if you would be a good candidate for the procedure. Teeth that are slightly discolored or stained can be made to look whiter with veneers. However, darker colored teeth may need other treatments.

If you have cracked or chipped teeth, or teeth that are a little crooked or uneven, you may benefit from veneers. However, if you have decay or your inner teeth are affected or damaged, you may need to have these issues addressed prior to having veneers.

If you have thin enamel on your teeth, veneers may not be the best option. The dentist will need to shave down your teeth and remove some enamel to place veneers. Crowns may be a better option if you lack enough enamel.

Are Veneers the Best Option for Me?