At her practice, Dr. Reder offers cosmetic and restorative dental care to patients in and around the Los Angeles area. Here, the dentist can assist patients with achieving whiter, stronger teeth using porcelain veneers from her welcoming Culver City practice.
Veneers Q & Aby Teresa G. Reder, DDS
What are dental veneers?
A veneer is used to restore the look and function of a damaged or decayed tooth by adhering to the visible, front portion. Veneers are custom-made and fabricated from tooth-colored porcelain. The dentist applies the porcelain veneer in just one office visit. With the correct care and optimal oral hygiene, a veneer can last roughly five to 10 years.
When can veneers treat?
A veneer is frequently used to address a tooth which is:
- Discolored or stained
- Worn down, chipped, or broken
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
Veneers can also be used to fill in smaller gaps between healthy teeth.
What happens during the procedure?
Following a thorough consultation with the dentist where the teeth, gums, and bone structure are assessed, the dentist will detail treatment options with each patient and answer any questions. If veneers are the best option for the situation, the dentist will:
- Apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area of the patient’s mouth to address any discomfort
- Next, the dentist will shave down a small layer of enamel from the front of the tooth to provide room for the veneer
- 3D imaging is then used to design the veneers using impressions of the tooth’s surface and the surrounding areas
- The tooth’s front surface is cleaned and the veneer is placed and secured to the tooth with a special bonding agent
- Finally, a special hand-held light is employed to harden the veneer
Which is Better, Veneers or Cosmetic Bonding?
Both cosmetic bonding and veneers have unique advantages. Cosmetic bonding options are generally performed in a single dental appointment as well and they can be less costly. However, the resins used to make them are not a resistant to damage as the porcelain used in veneers. This makes cosmetic bonding more vulnerable to wear and chipping. Patients commonly chose veneers since they are very natural-looking and stronger. To determine which type is best for you, contact the office to schedule an appointment with the dentist. Dr. Reder will go over the options in addition to the benefits of each type of treatment.