Porcelain Veneers San Diego

If you have concerns about the aesthetic conditions of your smile, then you understand what it is like to hide behind closed lips and refrain from expressing who you truly are. At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics in San Diego, we want to help you look and feel your best, so we offer several cosmetic dental solutions Like our Porcelain Veneers San Diego that can improve the appearance of your smile.

Veneers are created from a durable porcelain material that is shaped into a thin shell and placed over your natural teeth. By applying custom veneers, you can mask the imperfections of your smile and reap the benefits of straight, white, and aesthetically pleasing teeth with minimal down or wait time.

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What Can Veneers Treat?

Minor to Moderate Gaps

Minor to Moderate Gaps

Minor or moderate gaps inside the mouth can form when a patient's teeth are too small for their jawbone. Veneers can conceal and fill in small gaps to create a more complete smile.

Veneers use tooth-colored composite or porcelain to improve the appearance of your smile.

Discolored and Stained Teeth

Discolored and Stained Teeth

Patients with discolored or stained teeth can use veneers to achieve a naturally white and pleasing smile.

Porcelain veneers are especially useful for patients who have attempted traditional whitening treatments with little to no effect.

Damaged or Disproportionate Teeth

Damaged or Disproportionate Teeth

Chipped, cracked, or slightly crooked teeth resulting from trauma or damage to the jaw can be fixed with veneers. Veneers can also correct damage caused by normal wear and tear and cover worn tooth enamel.

You can expect straighter and proportionate teeth after your visit with Dr. Kohani.

What Are My Veneer Options?

  • During your consultation, you and Dr. Kohani will discuss the cosmetic concerns you have with your smile. He will analyze your teeth and take X-rays to determine whether the imperfections in your dentition can be fixed with veneers.

    Because traditional porcelain veneers require the tooth to be shaved down, most are irreversible. Dr. Kohani will ensure that veneers are the best option to address your concerns before you schedule the procedure.

  • With a no-prep veneer option, your natural teeth are left intact, which gives many patients peace of mind knowing that their veneers can be reversed. They also take additional comfort in knowing that they will not have to experience the discomfort associated with tooth reduction. When the natural dentition is left unaltered, the smile is ultimately healthier, and patients feel more at ease.

    No-prep veneers are a great option for patients who want the cosmetic benefits of a white smile without the permanence of traditional veneers. They are ideal for those who have already attempted teeth whitening previously with no success.

    You can learn more about traditional teeth whitening here.

    No-prep veneers are typically made in a lab, therefore completing in two visits.

  • Composite veneers are manufactured during your visit and applied directly onto your teeth that same day. With this option, you will only need one visit to restore your smile and hide any imperfections. Composite veneers are the most cost-effective cosmetic option, and Dr. Kohani takes his time to polish them to give them the same natural beauty and shine as porcelain.

    Although composite is a wonderful option, they typically do not last as long as porcelain and can stain. Therefore, they require more maintenance than other types of veneers.

  • Porcelain veneers are the most popular cosmetic veneer option today. There are many different porcelain materials and shade options. This makes it possible to customize your veneer and create the best results possible for our patients. This treatment will require your teeth to be measured to create a digital impression, helping the veneer match your teeth. Once the veneer is made, it will be cemented onto the tooth.

    Veneers can be crafted and applied in one or two office visits, making them one of the most efficient cosmetic treatment methods available. We have the ability to bring in a master ceramist to fabricate custom porcelain veneers in one day!

    Porcelain is the strongest of the veneer options and is the most popular. It lasts the longest, is the most difficult to stain, and is difficult to damage.


Porcelain Veneers Faqs

  • Dental veneers are thin shells of resin composite or porcelain placed over existing teeth to adjust the size, shape, and color of your smile. They are customized to fit your mouth, allowing for a perfect fit and aesthetic appearance. Patients can choose from several types of veneers, each with their own advantages. Veneers can protect your natural teeth from stains and chips and can be less invasive than crowns, should you choose the no-prep veneer option.

  • For patients who have relatively healthy teeth, minor misalignment, and enough room in their smile line, veneers are typically recommended. Otherwise, dental bonding or accelerated adult orthodontics may be suggested as a treatment option.

  • Following your treatment, you will be able to see for yourself how your smile will transform with the application of veneers. Your veneers will straighten your teeth and are sculpted to appear completely natural—as if you have always had the same beautiful smile.

    Another advantage of porcelain veneers is they do not stain as easily. This helps patients maintain their smiles over time. This is especially important for people who smoke, drink tea or coffee, or consume other foods or drinks that can stain teeth. Composite veneers do not offer this benefit and can stain over time.

    You can learn more about foods that stain your teeth here.

  • For some patients, other dental concerns may cause a delay in veneer placement. Porcelain veneers should only be placed when a patient's teeth and mouth are clean and healthy. Conditions like cavities, periodontal disease, or missing teeth must be addressed before veneers are placed.

    Dr. Kohani offers treatments to address these conditions, including:

  • Veneers are completed in one to two visits, depending on the type of veneer you choose. If two visits are required, they will need to be four to six weeks apart. This allows your teeth to recover from enamel reduction.

  • This is dependent on how the patient cares for them. We always recommend not to bite into things and ALWAYS wear a nightguard to protect them. This prevents tooth grinding while you sleep. Most porcelain veneers typically last between seven and 15 years, with composite being slightly less.

    Veneers will not degrade like natural enamel. However, they will still need to be brushed and flossed like natural teeth to prevent plaque and bacteria from building up. If this occurs, the tooth under the veneer can be damaged, which is difficult to repair.

  • Most patients fully recover within two weeks after their dental procedure. During your recovery period, it is important to avoid hard, tough, or crunchy foods like nuts. In addition, patients should avoid hot or iced drinks due to increased tooth sensitivity. These restrictions are usually temporary, and patients may resume normal behaviors within 14 days.

  • The average cost of your veneers will vary depending on the type of veneers you choose and the amount of correction needed for your teeth. Dr. Kohani will go over pricing and insurance information with you during your consultation.

  • Dr. Kohani believes in a conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry, which means that preserving the natural structure and enamel of the tooth is a priority when making changes to the dentition. Dr. Kohani can safely restore your a healthy, dazzling smile.

    It is important to note that dental veneers can be damaged, just like natural teeth. Patients should be careful when eating things like hard candies, tough meat, and sticky or gummy foods. Veneers are usually tough enough to stand up to daily wear and tear.

  • Should your veneers chip or crack, they may not be able to be repaired. The enamel was removed for you proceed can also cause your teeth to be more sensitive to certain foods and beverages. Some patients will also experience increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.