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Porcelain Veneers – Sunnyvale, CA

Enhance Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain made to match the precise shape and color to suit your smile best. They are securely bonded to the front surface of the teeth to reveal a beautiful smile. With them permanently affixed to their front surfaces, you’ll enjoy an enhancement in their overall size, shape, color, and proportion. No matter if your imperfections are the result of trauma, poor oral hygiene habits, or genetics, we can help you achieve your dream smile with porcelain veneers in Sunnyvale.

What is the Process of Getting Veneers?

man with attractive smile

Many people choose veneers because they allow you to enjoy drastic results using a minimally invasive treatment. In fact, you can correct several issues using just one procedure. Our office embraces the latest technologies, so you can achieve a flawless smile quicker. Often, we can create a porcelain veneer in just one visit to our office with the help of CEREC technology. Other times, we may complete your veneers over the span of two visits.

After your teeth are cleaned, we will prepare them to receive the veneers by removing a small amount of enamel from their surfaces. Since veneers are now made of porcelain, less of your enamel is removed during the bonding process, which makes the treatment less invasive. Then, we will take impressions of your teeth for the preparation of the veneers. We’ll choose the precise shade and shape that will suit your facial structure and smile goals best. After your veneers have been prepared, we will check to ensure they are just as we planned, and then we’ll securely affix them onto the front side of your teeth.

Often, this can be performed in a single visit, but there are times veneers will need to be fabricated in a dental lab. As a result, you’ll need temporary veneers in the meantime. On average, you can expect it to take about 2 weeks.

What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

model of veneer

Your cosmetic dentist in Sunnyvale may recommend veneers because they are a less-invasive alternative to dental crowns when issues are only aesthetic. They are quite versatile, allowing them to correct several concerns at once, like discoloration, chips, or cracks. They can even work like instant orthodontics, quickly improving the alignment of slightly gapped or crooked teeth. Misshapen teeth can be improved, too — especially ones that are too pointy or short. They are an effective, minimally invasive solution that can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

veneer next to tooth

There isn’t a set cost for veneers because the price is determined by several factors, such as the number of teeth you’re treating. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options. Unfortunately, you likely won’t be able to use your dental insurance, but we accept several payment options to keep your new smile affordable, like CareCredit.

If you’re a Sunnyvale adult interested in drastically improving the appearance of your smile, do not hesitate to get in touch with our office. Schedule an appointment today!

Porcelain Veneers FAQs

woman getting porcelain veneers in Sunnyvale

If you have multiple smile flaws that you’d like to correct with just one procedure, porcelain veneers in Sunnyvale are just about the perfect treatment. However, before getting them placed, you likely have a few questions. After all, you want to be as informed as possible before going through with any treatment, especially a permanent one like veneers. That’s why we’ve answered some of the questions we get asked the most often about veneers. If you’re still unclear about some aspect of veneers, just contact us and we’ll be more than happy to answer your question!

Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

If your front teeth have any of the following imperfections, porcelain veneers may be right for you:

  • Chips or cracks
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Severe stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening treatments
  • Minorly crooked or rotated teeth
  • Misshapen, pointy, or stubby teeth

Additionally, since veneers are a cosmetic treatment, we must ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy before going through with this treatment. If you suffer from cavities or gum disease, we’ll have to treat those problems before placing veneers. Also, if you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, Dr. Piccione may prescribe a nightguard to be sure that you don’t accidentally wear down or break your veneers.

What’s the Difference Between a Veneer and a Dental Crown?

A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap,” is a restoration that completely covers a tooth. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are only adhered to the front surface of a tooth. As a result, veneers require less enamel removal than crowns do, making them a more conservative and less invasive treatment.

Will My Natural Teeth Be Affected?

Modern dental technology has improved veneers to make them as thin as possible, so we only have to remove a tiny sliver of enamel to ensure they lay flat against the line of your smile. However, veneers are ultimately still considered a permanent restoration. We can’t remove them down the road without placing new veneers to protect your teeth. But it’s worth mentioning that with proper maintenance, your veneers can last up to 10-20 years before needing to be replaced.

How Can I Make My Veneers Last as Long as Possible?

Although the veneers themselves are not subject to tooth decay, the teeth they’re attached to can still develop cavities. As a rule of thumb, the cleaner and healthier you keep your underlying teeth, the longer your veneers will last.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make sure your veneers last as long as they possibly can:

  • Floss once a day and brush with an ultra-soft toothbrush two or three times daily.
  • See your cosmetic dentist in Sunnyvale for checkups and cleanings every six months.
  • Wear a nightguard if you clench or grind in your sleep.
  • Avoid chewing on ice, pens, or other hard objects, as that could break your veneers.