Redlands Dental Veneers
Are you thinking about getting dental veneers? They are a fast and effective way to make a great improvement in your smile that spills over into people’s impression of your overall appearance. Dr. Michelle Wang provides exceptional cosmetic dentistry procedures for her Redlands, Yucaipa, Highland, and Loma Linda patients.
What Exactly are Dental Veneers?
Also called laminates, they are a thin shell that is bonded to the front teeth to improve the appearance, and in some cases to protect weak or damaged teeth. It is a quick and simple cosmetic dentistry procedure for one or more teeth.
The Advantages of Dental Veneers
Veneers can hide a wide range of factors that result in a less than attractive smile – chipped, stained teeth, and discolored fillings. It ultimately provides results superior to teeth whitening. Dental veneers can change the shape and size of teeth, fill gaps between teeth, and hide gum recession. They may also be used in cases of uneven tooth wear and as an alternative to braces for poorly positioned teeth.
We carefully match the shade to the natural adjacent teeth so they are essentially undetectable. And they are themselves highly resistant to staining. Despite the many advantages of dental veneers, they are NOT for everyone. They do require some maintenance over the years, and we usually don’t recommend them for younger patients.
Types of Veneers
The most common kind of laminate covers only the front of your teeth whereas full veneers (essentially crowns) cover all all surfaces (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veneer_(dentistry). Beyond that there are two main types, differing in both materials and how they are made and applied.
- Porcelain veneers offer the best combination of durability and appearance. They are better at resisting stains and have a more natural sheen.
- Composite resins are directly bonded to your teeth but can be stained overtime. They are thinner and so involve less tooth removal of dental surfaces.
Did You Know?
Porcelain is in fact a particular type of ceramic.
How Are They Applied?
Getting one or more porcelain veneers typically involves several appointments with a cosmetic dentist. At the first appointment we will diagnose your condition and together we will create a treatment plan. It is important for us to understand your objectives and priorities and make sure that your choice will meet those goals. We may make a mold of your teeth and do a trail mock up in wax of what you can expect your veneers to look like. At the preparation appointment under local anesthesia we will remove a thin layer of the tooth enamel, take impressions, and make temporary veneers. At the delivery appointment, we will remove the temporary veneers, try in the porcelain veneers, apply a bonding agent, carefully position each veneer, and harden the bonding for a permanent attachment.
Composite resin veneers are done chairside in one appointment, without the involvement of a lab. We may remove a very minimal amount of enamel depending on your circumstance then sculpt the resin directly onto your teeth and then harden it.
Once the veneers are bonded in place, it will require daily brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups.
Dr. Wang DDS
Doctor Michelle Wang is an experienced and skilled general and cosmetic dentist with a private practice in Redlands, CA. She provides old-fashioned personalized dental care, one patient at a time, combined with the latest in technologies, procedures, and office comforts. In addition to being a member of the Tri-County Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the American Dental Association, she is also a member of the local Redlands Rotary Club.
Doctor Wang’s office is conveniently located in Redlands, just a 5 to15-minute drive from Yucaipa, Highland, and Loma Linda.