Porcelain Veneers – Studio City, CA
Smile Like the Stars In Just Two Appointments
Did you know your teeth are much more important than simply allowing you to eat, talk, and smile? With pearly whites that you can be proud of, you’ll also have a boost in your self-confidence and overall quality of life. That’s why, if you’re struggling with one or several dental imperfections, you might consider getting veneers in Studio City. These porcelain shells can effectively cover up flaws like chips, stains, cracks, and gaps in just two appointments. If you’re interested in enhancing your smile, reading or reach out to us today to schedule your initial consultation!
Why Choose Studio City Dental Arts for Veneers?
- Natural-Looking & High-Quality Dental Materials
- Offer Flexible Financing Options for Affordable Care
- Dedicated, Professional, & Friendly Dental Team
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are standard choices to achieve a natural-looking smile. These shells of tooth-colored porcelain or composite cover the front surfaces of your teeth. They help conceal gaps, chips, stains, and other imperfections caused by worn enamel or other problems.
Our dentist in Studio City may offer porcelain and composite resin in fabricating dental veneers. While composite resin may have its fair share of benefits, porcelain dental veneers are ideal for severe cases of discoloration, wear and tear, chipping, and cracking. They’re also durable and look, function, and feel like natural teeth.
The Process of Getting Veneers
The porcelain dental veneers we offer at Studio City Dental Arts can last for 10-20 years. The process is simple and only takes one or two appointments! Anesthesia is not usually required when getting dental veneers placed but if the patient has sensitive teeth it can be used. A little bit of enamel will be removed to make room for the dental veneer, a mold will be made of the tooth and a temporary dental veneer will be placed on the tooth.
When the porcelain veneers arrive, the temporary dental veneer is removed and the tooth is cleaned thoroughly. The adhesive is placed on the dental veneer followed by cement. After, the dental veneer is placed on the tooth and is lightly cured for a minute to attach it to the full tooth structure.
The Benefits of Veneers
This cosmetic dental service is one of the most sought-after solutions for transforming a person’s smile. With veneers, you can expect to enjoy multiple benefits, including:
- Complete versatility to address multiple dental flaws
- Made of durable and highly stain-resistant materials
- Natural-looking results that blend flawlessly with your smile
- Simple, comfortable, and minimally invasive process
- Results can last 15 years or more with proper care
Caring for Veneers
Caring for your dental veneers is the same way you care for your natural teeth. For example, flossing, brushing, and using a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste are recommended. Also, limiting foods and drinks that can stain teeth such as wine and coffee is a good idea to keep your veneers as pearly white as possible. Practicing good oral hygiene is the best and most important way to keep your veneers lasting the longest amount of time! Looking for dental veneers in Studio City? Schedule your consultation with our dentists at Studio City Dental Arts for your new smile today!
Understanding the Cost of Veneers
Deciding on the best way to invest in your pearly whites can often feel overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure about the overall cost of your treatment. While veneers are one of the most comprehensive solutions for upgrading your smile, they aren’t the only option available. Our team offers various other cosmetic services to enhance your teeth, each with its unique price. During your initial consultation, we’ll walk you through your treatment options and provide you with a customized estimate of the overall cost of veneers. We’ll also discuss financing to help make your procedure more manageable.
Cost vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: What’s Right For Me?
Our team can provide a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments at Studio City Dental Arts. Each service is personalized for your specific smile and goals, and we can give you a price estimate once we’ve looked over your oral health. Until then, here are some of the most common cosmetic treatments we offer and how they measure up to veneers:
- Teeth Whitening – Professional teeth whitening is our most affordable service for improving your pearly whites. While popular and reliable, this procedure will only enhance the color of your smile and won’t change the size or shape of your teeth.
- Dental Bonding – By using composite resin, we can effectively conceal minor imperfections in your teeth, like chips, stains, and cracks. Though this procedure is more cost-effective than veneers, the results will require touchups after several years, whereas veneers can last 15+ years with proper care.
- Gum Recontouring – This treatment involves removing excess gum tissue to reveal the beautiful pearly whites underneath, especially when your teeth appear short or stubby. The results are permanent, but the process won’t change the color, size, or shape of your teeth.
- Veneers – While these porcelain shells have a higher value than other cosmetic services, their results are worth the investment. They can improve the size, shape, color, and spacing of your teeth, and it only takes a couple of weeks to complete!
How to Make Veneers Affordable
Even if you currently have dental insurance, you should know that cosmetic dentistry doesn’t typically receive coverage due to it being “non-essential care.” Still, the last thing our team wants is for our patients to feel stressed about the overall price of their dental procedures. That’s why our practice is partnered with a third-party financier called CareCredit, which can help split up the cost of your dental treatment into low-to-zero interest, monthly installments. This means you’ll be able to afford your veneers without having to empty your wallet.
Before committing to cosmetic dental treatment, it’s natural to want to be as informed as possible. After all, there is no room for error when it comes to your smile! Of course, our team would be more than happy to answer any questions you have over the phone or during your initial consultation. However, we also recognize that many patients like to do some research online first. That’s why we’ve taken the time to respond to a few of the most frequently asked questions about veneers in Studio City right here! Read on or give us a call today to learn more.
How Many Veneers Will I Need?
The number of veneers needed will ultimately be determined by you and our skilled cosmetic dentist in Studio City, Dr. Shahrestany. To do this, she will learn about the features you’d like to change about your current smile and see what your dream one looks like. While some patients may only need 6-8 to enhance the top teeth that are visible when they smile, others may need 10-12 to achieve a bright, balanced, and beautiful look. Don’t worry – all of your options will be reviewed thoroughly during your initial consultation.
Can I Drink Coffee with Veneers?
Yes! Unlike your natural teeth, veneers aren’t comprised of enamel. Instead, they are meticulously crafted from stain-resistant materials, like porcelain, which is nonporous. With that said, it’s still a good idea to help keep your teeth free from discoloration, especially if you don’t have veneers on all of your teeth. Fortunately, this is as easy as using a straw when drinking coffee and sipping on water throughout the day to rinse away any lingering particles.
Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?
With your temporary veneers, you will be asked to avoid crunchy vegetables, gum, ice, hard candy, and other items that can tug on, crack, or otherwise damage them. Your permanent veneers will be much more durable, allowing you to eat whatever you desire. Just be sure to exercise caution with certain foods, like peanut brittle, that are extremely hard or crunchy. After all, like your natural teeth, your veneers aren’t completely indestructible.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
With proper care, veneers can last for 15+ years! The best part is that keeping them in pristine condition doesn’t require a high-maintenance oral hygiene regimen – just care for them like your natural teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing each evening, and getting a checkup and cleaning every six months are great places to start. A few other best practices include limiting your sugar intake, using a straw when you drink dark-colored beverages, and avoiding drinking alcohol excessively (this can weaken the bonding agent).
Do Veneers Feel Like Real Teeth?
In short, the answer is yes! Veneers are custom-made for each patient to ensure they don’t feel awkward or obtrusive in any way. Plus, porcelain, like enamel, is very smooth, which means you won’t notice a difference in texture either. It’s very likely that after a few weeks, you’ll barely notice the difference (aside from your beautifully enhanced smile, of course).
Can You Whiten Veneers?
Whitening veneers is not an option. They are not porous like tooth enamel, so they cannot absorb the bleaching gel that is used in professional teeth whitening. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth before receiving veneers, you are encouraged to let our team at Studio City Dental Arts whiten your teeth with professional treatment. This will guarantee that your teeth are the shade you desire. In turn, during the veneer creation process, lab technicians will be able to match the shade of your restorations to your existing smile so not only will it be even but whiter and more beautiful.
What Happens to Teeth Underneath Veneers?
There is a reason we strongly urge patients with veneers to practice good oral hygiene. It is because your teeth remain exposed and vulnerable to potential decay. Although the front surfaces are protected by your veneers, the remainder of your tooth structures can develop cavities and stains over time. If you continue to practice unhealthy habits like smoking or eating ice, or you continue to eat lots of sugar and carbohydrates, you can expect your teeth to suffer the consequences. This will then require that your veneers be removed so that proper treatment can be applied.
Is It Painful to Get Veneers?
While undergoing veneer placement, you can expect your mouth to be numb, so you will not feel any pain or discomfort during this time. Before receiving your finalized veneers though, you will be fitted with temporary ones, which may cause slight sensitivity and pain. However, after having your official restorations put into place, you can take an over-the-counter medication to ease any discomfort you might experience, as there is likely to be minor soreness.
You will more than likely experience this temporary side effect if you receive multiple veneers (more than four), as soreness can occur throughout the jaw and gums. It’s also not uncommon for there to be bonding sensitivity, which can cause sharp pain when biting into a cold or hot object. Fortunately, this is only temporary, and rinsing with saltwater and taking OTC medication can help.