A dental veneer is a thin porcelain shell that is placed over a natural tooth. It is about the thickness of a contact lens, or around a half a millimeter thick. When applied to the teeth, veneers are a fantastic way to cover up a long list of cosmetic dental problems including unusually shaped teeth, stained teeth, misaligned teeth, and short teeth.
Dental Veneers Process
At West Hills Smiles, we like to make the process a bit more interactive to allow all of our patients to be 100% happy with the final product. The process starts with a consultation where we will take pictures of your mouth and teeth and use them to create an image of what your new and improved smile could look like. In addition, we will take an impression of the teeth and bite that can be used to create a model of your current smile. Using a special wax, we can preview what the changes would actually look like in your mouth.
For the second appointment, we take a look at the model and the wax representation of the smile makeover and discuss any changes that might need to be made. A customized mock-up is then created that can be used as temporary veneers. This allows our patients to take their new smile for a test drive before committing. The majority of patients are very happy with the response they get while wearing the temporaries, but some will want to change small things such as the shape, length or color.
Once the patient approves of the temporary veneers, the permanent ones are made and cemented into place. Dental veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years with proper, regular dental care practices and are much more stain-resistant than natural teeth.