Porcelain Veneers in San Francisco
Porcelain veneers are a versatile tool used to revamp the teeth for a more attractive smile. They can be placed to conceal a variety of dental imperfections, including small chips, cracks, stains, discolorations and spaces. Veneers can also create a more even and uniform smile. San Francisco dentist Dr. Samir Ayoub has many years of experience placing porcelain veneers for radiant smile results. He has placed thousands of veneers and probably has done more smile makeovers than anyone else in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Can I Benefit from Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can help enhance your smile if you are embarrassed by one or more of the following dental imperfections:
- Small chips or cracks
- Stains or discoloration
- Uneven spacing between the teeth
- Worn tooth enamel from chronic grinding or clenching
During consultation, Dr. Ayoub will examine your teeth and inquire about your treatment goals. Based on this information, he will recommend whether veneers are an appropriate solution for your needs.
More about Treatment
Veneers treatment typically requires two visits to Dr. Ayoub’s practice to plan, fit and place the restorations. During the first visit, Dr. Ayoub will take impressions of your teeth and mouth and send this information to the laboratory that will construct your veneer(s). Dr. Ayoub will prepare the tooth for the placement of the veneer by removing a small portion of tooth structure. While your permanent veneer is being fabricated, you will wear a temporary veneer, so you will never go without a normal-looking tooth. Wearing a temporary veneer is a good opportunity to give Dr. Ayoub feedback about its look, fit and feel, so he can make any necessary adjustments to your permanent restoration.
Once your permanent veneer is ready, you will return to the office for a second visit. Dr. Ayoub will remove your temporary veneer and replace it with the permanent restoration. He will slip the veneer over the surface of your tooth and bond it into place with special dental adhesives. Dr. Ayoub will check the fit and feel of the restoration and your bite to ensure there are no problems. If he needs to, he can make last-minute adjustments for comfort.
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
The best way to care for porcelain veneers is treat them as you would your natural teeth. Brush them twice a day and floss once a day. You can eat and drink normally, but avoid biting or chewing ice, nut shells, bones or other hard items. See Dr. Ayoub regularly for check-ups and cleanings. You can ask him during your appointments whether there are any special products to use when brushing and flossing your veneers.
FAQs about Porcelain Veneers
Do I need a crown or a veneer?
The best way to determine whether you need a crown or a veneer is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayoub to discuss your specific dental needs. In general, dental crowns are used to rebuild a tooth that is weak or fractured. Veneers are used for cosmetic purposes to conceal small flaws that don’t compromise the integrity of the tooth. If you have a tooth that is decayed or damaged, you likely need a crown. If you simply do not like the way a tooth looks, a veneer is probably the better option.
Does the placement of veneers hurt?
No, having veneers placed does not hurt. Before removing a small bit of tooth structure to accommodate the veneer, Dr. Ayoub will numb the tooth to prevent any discomfort. The veneers themselves should fit securely and feel comfortable.
What are the advantages of wearing veneers?
Veneers are an excellent way to mask small imperfections in the teeth and create a beautiful, even smile. Veneers can conceal chips, cracks, stains and small spaces between the teeth. The porcelain material closely mimics natural tooth enamel with its translucent quality; it is also extremely strong and durable. Veneers also require minimal maintenance and can be cleaned just like natural teeth.
How are veneers made?
Porcelain veneers are custom crafted by talented laboratory technicians. Dr. Ayoub will take measurements and impressions of your teeth and send this information to a dental laboratory, where technicians will fabricate your veneers based on your specifications.
Can porcelain veneers stain?
No, porcelain veneers do not stain. Unlike tooth enamel, porcelain is not porous, so it is impervious to coffee, tea, red wine and other foods. After five years or so, staining may develop at the edge of the veneer where it meets the tooth.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Porcelain veneer cost varies, based on the type and number of veneers needed. If you would like an estimation of costs, please contact our practice today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayoub.
How long do veneers typically last?
With the proper care, veneers can last 10 to 20 years. To enjoy your results for 10 years or more, take care of them as you would natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. See a dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings. Avoid chewing on hard nuts, ice or bones.
Schedule a Porcelain Veneers Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Samir Ayoub. Call our practice today at (415) 781-2227 to make an appointment.