Are you unhappy with teeth that are discolored, crooked, gapped, or chipped? Porcelain veneers can be used to correct all these problems in one procedure. In just a few weeks, you can have a completely new smile, or correct that one tooth that always makes you self-conscious.
This page can help you learn about porcelain veneers, but to learn whether they’re right for you, please call (949) 551-5902 or email Rice Dentistry in Irvine, California for an appointment. We also see patients from all around the Orange County region.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin slivers of advanced ceramic that are applied to the front and sometimes top of your teeth. They essentially resurface the front of your teeth with a durable, attractive, stain resistant material.
The Power of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are probably the most versatile treatment in cosmetic dentistry. They can be used to fix most common complaints people have about their teeth, including:
- Discolored teeth
- Crooked smile
- Gapped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Small or poorly formed teeth
- Gummy smile
- Old or worn teeth
Porcelain veneers can be used to completely reshape your smile, giving you the longer or wider teeth you always wanted or completely restore your youthful smile.
Porcelain veneers are also highly durable. Studies show that more than 96% of porcelain veneers are still in place after ten years, and up to 83% are still in place after 20 years.
Learn more about porcelain veneers on our Questions about Orange County Dental Veneers page.
BioClear veneers are a different approach to reshaping your teeth. Using a liquid composite, we are able to quickly reshape your teeth. BioClear veneers aren’t always the best approach, but when we’re dealing with black triangles along your gum line, they are very effective, conserve tooth material, and are less expensive than traditional veneers.
When Dental Bonding Isn’t Enough
Dental bonding is a composite plastic material that’s often used as a tooth-colored filling, but can also be used to correct tooth chips and gapped teeth. Dental bonding has the advantage of being inexpensive and quick to apply, but it does have disadvantages.
The color match for dental bonding is rarely as good as porcelain veneers. It also does not have the luster of natural tooth enamel, and after it loses its polish it can stand out.
Most importantly, though, dental bonding doesn’t last as long as porcelain veneers. While dental bonding may last a few years, porcelain veneers may last a few decades, especially if properly placed and well maintained.
If you are looking for the most attractive and longest-lasting dental restoration for your smile, porcelain veneers are the best choice.
Why Choose Rice Dentistry for Your Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers depend on your dentist for proper preparation and placement. A dentist should have a good cosmetic eye as well as extensive experience in placing porcelain veneers to get the best results from the procedure. You should also choose a dentist with neuromuscular dentistry training, because bite problems can lead to premature failure of your porcelain veneers.
Dr. Scott L. Rice has nearly 30 years’ experience in cosmetic dentistry. He has undergone extensive training in porcelain veneer placement at three of the most prestigious dental schools in the country, and for the last 15 years, dentists have looked to him for training in the use of porcelain veneers. He is very experienced providing second opinions to patients that have questions on a diagnosis of eligibility or ineligibility they have received from other dentists.