Porcelain Veneers San Francisco
Porcelain Dental Veneers with Dr. Samir Ayoub
Are you looking for veneer treatment with one of the best dentists in San Francisco? Dr. Samir Ayoub has over 35 years of experience providing patients with porcelain veneers from his Union Square dental practice. Porcelain veneers are a versatile solution that can create a radiant smile while concealing a variety of dental imperfections including small chips, cracks, stains, and discolorations.
Read on to learn more about dental veneers in the Bay Area with talented cosmetic dentist Dr. Samir Ayoub, or visit our smile gallery to see porcelain veneer before and after photos from our previous patients.
What Are 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.
Dental Veneer 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.
How to Care for 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
How Much Do Veneers Cost in San Francisco?
The cost of veneers varies based on the type and number of veneers needed. The average cost of porcelain veneers typically falls between $1,000 and $2,500 per tooth. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers because they last longer and provide a more natural smile. For a personal price quote, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayoub at San Francisco Aesthetic Dentistry.
Dental Crowns vs Veneers: What is the Difference?
The best way to determine whether you need a crown or a veneer is to schedule a consultation with San Francisco dentist 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.
Do 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.
What are Some Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are a safe and effective treatment for tooth imperfections, but like any medical procedure, there are a few drawbacks. Initially you may experience some discomfort after your porcelain veneer treatment. Additionally, the process of placing veneers on the teeth can span over a few days or weeks. During this time, you will need to be extremely conscious of what you are eating, and you may have to avoid activities where you risk being hit in the mouth, such as some sports.
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 Long Do Veneers 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.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers San Francisco
If you are interested in learning more about improving your smile with dental veneers in the Bay Area, schedule a consultation with Dr. Samir Ayoub by calling (415) 781-2227 or by visiting our website today!
“I initially went to Dr. Ayoub for a crown on a front tooth due to root canal. He showed me how a veneer would work even better [at] preserving more of the tooth. He matched my natural teeth perfectly. Over time I have seen that he always takes the most conservative route to keep costs down and preserve the tooth…He is ethical, kind and a master craftsman who takes great pride in pleasing the patient. What more could you want?” – Google Review, Veneer Patient