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There's no better way to improve your look and take years off of your appearance than with a completely revitalized smile. Whether you want to address minor concerns with the appearance of your smile or completely change your look, dental veneers can help you get the smile you've always wanted.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment option that is used to improve the appearance of a person's smile. They consist of wafer-thin, shells of tooth-colored porcelain that are designed to fit over the visible, front surfaces of your teeth.

Why Choose Dental Veneers? The Benefits of Veneers

Dental veneers offer a variety of cosmetic benefits. They can be used to address minor cosmetic concerns or create a completely new look. Dental veneers offer the following benefits:

  • Cover gaps between teeth
  • Correct the appearance of irregularly sized or shaped teeth
  • Mask permanent stains or discoloration
  • Cover cracks in teeth
  • Cover up chipped teeth
  • Create the appearance of straight teeth
  • Improve smile symmetry

Additionally, dental veneers are made from high-quality porcelain. Porcelain is commonly used in dentistry because it is a strong and durable material that closely resembles the texture and slightly translucent appearance of natural tooth enamel. Plus, porcelain can easily be dyed to resemble the color of natural teeth while achieving the level of brightness you desire.

What to Expect When Getting Dental Veneers

The first step in getting dental veneers is a consultation. During this appointment, our dentist will talk with you about your goals and work with you to design your new set of veneers. We then submit your information and treatment plan to a dental lab to have your veneers custom-made to ensure a perfect fit and look.

Once your veneers are ready, we'll schedule you for your treatment appointment. We begin by removing a thin layer of enamel from the surfaces of your teeth to accommodate the dental veneer placement and ensure a natural look. The veneers are then carefully and permanently affixed to the surfaces of the teeth using dental cement. Once set, your treatment is complete, and you should be ready to return to your normal daily activities while showing off your new look.

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

On average, dental veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. You can help to prolong the life of your veneers by caring for them properly. We recommend protecting your veneers by avoiding chewing on hard objects or foods, wearing a mouthguard during athletic activities, and wearing a nightguard if you suffer from sleep bruxism.

Additionally, veneers cannot be whitened using whitening treatments like natural teeth. To maintain the brightness of veneers, it's best to avoid highly pigmented foods and beverages (or drink them with a straw) and refrain from using tobacco products of all kinds.

Since a layer of tooth enamel must be removed for application, dental veneers are a permanent treatment. If your dental veneers become damaged, they will need to be replaced. Veneers can be replaced individually, as needed, or all together if a patient desires an update.

Are Dental Veneers Right for You? Alternative Treatment Options to Consider

Dental veneers can completely revitalize the look of your smile. However, we like to work with our patients and help them consider all their treatment options to ensure they choose the best treatment plan for them.

There are a variety of treatments that can improve the look and health of your smile by addressing similar concerns as dental veneers. These include treatments like professional teeth whitening, cosmetic dental bonding, and dental crowns. Depending on your goals, oral health needs, personal preference, and budget, we can help you determine which treatment plan will best meet all of your needs.

Revitalize Your Smile With Comprehensive Cosmetic Dentistry in San Francisco

Our dentist in San Francisco is pleased to provide our patients with a wide array of cosmetic treatment options designed to address a variety of aesthetic concerns. Depending on your smile goals and unique needs, we can work with you to help you determine the treatment options that will best meet your needs and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. To learn more about dental veneers and our range of cosmetic services, we welcome you to contact our office to request a smile makeover consultation.

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