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 like your best self, which is why we offer a number of cosmetic solutions that can improve the appearance of your smile. A popular procedure that we offer is no-prep porcelain or composite veneers, which Dr. Kohani has spent years perfecting.

The craft of creating and applying veneers for each of his patients with minimal harm to the natural tooth enamel is one of the most pressing priorities for Dr. Kohani. He has worked with world-renowned master ceramists to turn the creation of veneers into an art form, and he is capable of placing veneers that transform every aspect of your smile in an efficient and healthy manner.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are created from the most durable porcelain material that is shaped into a thin shell and placed over the natural teeth. Veneers are the best cosmetic solution for patients who have gone years hiding behind cracked, stained, uneven, chipped or mildly crooked teeth. By applying custom veneers, you can mask the imperfections of your smile and reap the benefits of straight, white and otherwise aesthetically pleasing teeth.

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. Using brands such as Lumineers, DURAthin veneers, and Vivaneers, Dr. Kohani can restore your teeth with minimal preparation.

The Appeal of No-Prep Restorations

Prior to recent innovations in dental techniques, veneers were considered an irreversible cosmetic solution that involved significant alterations to the natural tooth enamel to be properly placed. The surface of your natural teeth would have to be etched or filed in order to provide better adhesion for the veneers and create natural-looking results. For some patients, shaping their teeth is a significant commitment since it cannot be undone.

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 if absolutely necessary and 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.

Although no-prep veneers are often an ideal cosmetic solution, they are not always the best treatment option when it comes to enhancing your smile. Veneers may cover the imperfections that are causing cosmetic concern, but they will not fix underlying structural issues that are creating misalignment or poor bite positions.

Veneers will be perfectly effective if only a minor misalignment is present and if you have enough room in your smile line to receive them, but it’s important to screen for and diagnose any orthodontic issues before recommending veneers as a treatment option and deciding whether you are a good candidate. After their consultation, many people find that prepless veneers are not right for them.

Receiving Veneers with Dr. Kohani

Dental treatment with Veneers will typically start with a consultation between you and Dr. Kohani where you can discuss the cosmetic concerns you have with your smile. Dr. Kohani will analyze your teeth and take x-rays in order to determine whether the imperfections in your dentition can be fixed with veneers. For patients who have a relatively healthy teeth, veneers are typically recommended. Otherwise, dental bonding or accelerated adult orthodontics may be suggested as a treatment option.

Veneers can be used to treat:

  • Undersized teeth as a result of genetics
  • Teeth that have become broken or chipped due to bruxism or trauma
  • Discolored teeth that do not respond to whitening treatment
  • Teeth that are disproportionate to the lips and gums
  • Minor to moderate gaps in between teeth

Receiving Veneers

Most cosmetic veneer cases are completed in one day with the help of a master ceramist that comes to the office to help facilitate the design and fabrication of the veneers. The exact process of receiving veneers will depend on the type you receive; however, Dr. Kohani will take molds of your teeth to create a prototype of what they will look like once your veneers have been placed.

You will be able to see for yourself how your smile will transform with the application of veneers, which also gives you the opportunity to perfect your results as much as possible before securing your veneers into place.

Because they are so thin, many no-prep veneers can be crafted and applied in one or two office visits, making it one of the most efficient methods of cosmetic treatment available. The goal is for your veneers to be sculpted in such a way that they look completely lifelike as if you have always had a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on no-prep porcelain or composite veneers or to find out whether veneers are right for you, contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics at 858-295-0603 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kohani.