Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers?

Smiling girl in hatConcealing imperfections of the smile is important for many patients who have gapped, broken, stained, or unusually-shaped teeth. The teeth near the front of the smile, known as the anterior teeth, are the most noticeable. When problems arise, patients often approach their dentist to learn about cosmetic dental solutions to improve the appearance of these teeth. Dr. Patterson of Simi Valley, CA may recommend the placement of a porcelain veneer.

Understanding veneers

Veneers are a great option for patients who need to disguise cosmetic flaws on the teeth near the front of the smile. These restorations are very thin shells of porcelain. They are matched in color, shape, and size with the other teeth in the smile to ensure they look perfect! Veneers are great for covering a wide range of imperfections, including teeth that are:

  • Gapped/spaced
  • Misaligned/crooked
  • Broken/cracked
  • Permanently stained
  • Unusually shaped
  • Worn/shortened

During an evaluation with our team, patients will discuss with their dentist the specific teeth they’d like to address and find out if porcelain veneers are a solution that will fit their needs. At this time, the dentist may also make recommendations of other options, including composite resin bonding. Sometimes referred to as “dental bonding,” this is a material that is made to match the existing tooth and can be applied, cured, and polished to look like natural tooth enamel.

The benefits of porcelain veneers

While dental bonding can be a fast way to repair an imperfection of the smile in a single appointment, it does not last nearly as long as a porcelain veneer. Veneers have other benefits as well. They are:

  • Versatile
  • Affordable
  • Natura-looking
  • Strong
  • Durable
  • Long-lasting
  • Stain-resistant

Most patients who have smiles free from disease and decay may be considered an appropriate candidate for the placement of porcelain veneers. This is discussed during a consultation visit with Dr. Patterson.

Find out more about porcelain veneers

If you are considering veneers for your smile, it’s time to connect with Dr. Patterson about your options. Call (805) 584-1194 to request an appointment at the practice, conveniently located at 2720 Cochran Street, Suite #2B. We are open to new patients and families on the lookout for quality dental care in the Simi Valley, California area.

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Casey Patterson, DDS
Casey Patterson, DDS and Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS
2720 Cochran St, #2b
Simi Valley CA 93065
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2720 Cochran St #2b Simi Valley CA 93065 (805) 584-1194