Porcelain Veneers

By: Patricia Woloch

Have you ever wondered how celebrities achieve and maintain perfect smiles? Not all of them were born with perfect teeth, and nobody can take perfect care of their teeth all the time. Is it a miracle? A miracle of technology, perhaps.

Many celebrities visit a cosmetic dentist for porcelain veneers. This "Hollywood" treatment is gaining popularity for its durability, custom fit and convenience.

Multi-purpose

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin (.3 to .5mm) shells of porcelain that a cosmetic dentist chemically bonds over your natural teeth. Best known as a whitening treatment, porcelain veneers can address several issues, including:

?Stubborn stains and discoloration
?Misalignment
?Discolored fillings
?Overspacing
?Chipped teeth
?Misshapen teeth

Because porcelain veneers can help straighten teeth, they may sometimes eliminate the need for larger-scale orthodontic work.

A Quick Transformation

The entire procedure usually takes three visits. Some Beverly Hills cosmetic dentists, like Dr. Kevin B. Sands, can squeeze the treatment into two visits for their busy celebrity clientele or for anyone short on time.

?During the first visit, you consult with your cosmetic dentist, discussing your needs, the procedure, and what results you can expect.
?Your dentist prepares your teeth by buffing away a small fraction of your tooth enamel to make room for the porcelain veneers.
?A mold is taken of your teeth to ensure a custom fit; the mold is used to create your veneer.
?During your last visit, your dentist bonds the veneers to your teeth using a special light.

Custom-fitted

The consultation, molding, and bonding processes are designed to work with your natural teeth, making them over to achieve your ideal smile. You can choose to cover only one tooth, or completely remodel your entire smile. Your cosmetic dentist will also adjust the color of the porcelain to match the tint and translucency of your original teeth.

Natural-looking

The texture and appearance of porcelain is indistinguishable from that of your tooth. Your teeth will appear entirely natural-only better.

A "Hollywood" smile

Veneers grant several smile upgrades:

?Whiter, brighter teeth without treatments
?Protection from future stains and enamel wear
?Protection from sensitivity
?A straight, professional smile
?Teeth that fit together like a glove

Durable

Porcelain veneers resist stain and discoloration. After they are chemically bonded to your teeth, they become extremely hard and glasslike in texture. The strengthening and brightening of your smile is permanent with the application of porcelain veneers.

It doesn't take a miracle to have whiter stronger teeth. Ask a cosmetic dentist about porcelain veneers, and take advantage of this amazing smile-transforming procedure.

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