What Can Porcelain Veneers Do For Me?

Porcelain veneers can turn your smile from flawed to fabulous by placing customized ultra-thin shells over teeth in the “smile zone.” If you live in Clairemont, CA, or Pacific Beach, CA, and have unwanted cosmetic flaws on your front teeth, Dr. Mark Emerson can explore your candidacy for porcelain veneers.

Are You a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are a versatile cosmetic treatment that can leave you looking younger and more attractive. Under the skilled hands of Dr. Emerson, who has practiced dentistry for over 40 years, your porcelain veneer treatment can address teeth that are:

  • Worn
  • Discolored
  • Misshapen
  • Gapped
  • Crooked
  • Chipped
  • Cracked

Many of our Clairemont, CA, patients are great candidates for porcelain veneers. One candidacy consideration is the health and thickness of your veneers. To remain in place for 10 or more years, candidates should have healthy enamel to support the porcelain shells.

During your cosmetic consultation, Dr. Emerson will examine your teeth and ask about your cosmetic goals. Veneers are a great option for gapped and crooked teeth, but significant spacing and alignment issues may need to be treated through Invisalign® treatments.

How Veneers Are Placed

What to Expect during Treatment

Dr. Emerson and our dental team can handle every aspect of your veneer treatment. Once your veneers are cemented on, you can begin enjoying the benefits of a gorgeous smile.

Cost Factors

The average cost of one veneer placement is $700 to $1,400, depending on insurance benefits. To help make veneers affordable for all of our patients, we offer flexible payment options. While cost may seem like a barrier, patients should remember that an attractive smile create new opportunities for your professional career and personal life.

Tooth Preparation

The porcelain shells cannot simply be glued over your natural teeth. Doing so would leave the shells protruding in an unattractive manner. In order to deliver cosmetically pleasing results, Dr. Emerson will gently remove a small layer of tooth structure to make room for each veneer. 

Local anesthesia will be used to numb your tooth before Dr. Emerson prepares your tooth. Once he is done, 3-D digital images of your prepped teeth will be taken so your veneers can be fabricated in our office or at a trusted dental lab. 

Porcelain veneers can turn your smile from flawed to fabulous.

Final Placement

If your veneers are placed at a subsequent visit to our Clairemont dental practice, you will be fitted with temporary veneers. Your veneers will be fabricated from a single block of high-quality porcelain. Special attention will be paid to the color so that the shells either match your current teeth or they are whitened to deliver a brighter smile. Once your veneers have been fabricated, Dr. Emerson will ensure that they are a good fit and meet your cosmetic goals before placing them using a strong cement. 

Tooth Sensitivity and Aftercare

Side effects following porcelain veneer placement are rare. If patients do experience a minor side effect, it will most likely be heightened sensitivity. Your teeth will naturally adjust to the veneers over time. It is generally considered a good idea to avoid hot or cold food and drinks for the first few days after your veneers have been placed.

Maintaining your new veneers is straightforward. Good oral hygiene habits are the best way to ensure that your veneers remain strong and beautiful. Never use your veneers to pry open objects or to tear packages. Twice-a-year visits to our office for cleanings and exams are also an important step that can add years to the life of your new veneers.

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At Bay View Dental in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego, CA, Dr. Mark Emerson and his team provide compassionate, dedicated, patient-centric care. Dr. Emerson is an accomplished dentist affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The California Dental Association
  • The San Diego County Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, please fill out our online form or call (858) 274-4400.

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