Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory.  They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement.  They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.  The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.  Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

What's the difference between veneers and crowns?
At the Dental Oasis of Orange County, you will can decide between the application of porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns to improve the look of your teeth. These two procedures yield similar results, but the process is slightly different.

Porcelain crowns encase your entire tooth. After your dentist files your teeth down to the ideal width and height, the crown will be put on. This will give a perfect fit for your jaw line and an even stronger fit than the porcelain veneers.

Crowns are believed to be better suited for more serious cases where a patient wants to restore functional use for missing teeth. It is also for those who don?t mind having more of their enamel removed.

If you get veneers, it’s definitely a more conservative route to change your tooth’s appearance. Plus, if you have very healthy teeth, you’re not going to want to shave them down too much, and veneers is very minimal with enamel reduction.

Are porcelain veneers better than cosmetic bonding?
Neither one is better than the other; again, like crowns, cosmetic bonding will be better suited to some people than others due to cost, personal preference, tooth issues, and so on.
Porcelain veneers are much more expensive than resin bonds, but they are highly valued because they must be created in a lab first by an expert ceramist.

Because veneers are customized prostheses, they may look better than bonding which occurs in office.

Plus unlike bonding, veneers may have a little translucency that makes them look more like your natural teeth.