01 Sep 2021

Restore Confidence in Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Dr. William V. Carlo and his team in San Diego, CA believe in providing patients of the Bankers Hills community with solutions for improving the appearance and function of the smile. Imperfections present on the front, or “anterior,” teeth may significantly affect the way the smile appears to others—and in some cases, can cause individuals to feel embarrassed by how they look. With the help of our dentist and his professionals, patients can ask about solutions such as porcelain veneers, which continue to be a popular choice for covering problems within the smile’s aesthetic appearance.

What is a porcelain veneer?

Dr. William V. Carlo describes the porcelain veneer as a facing that is fabricated to match the patient’s existing teeth and is bonded onto the front of a problematic tooth. Porcelain veneers are made with a ceramic material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel. This allows for the placement of the veneer while blending in with the smile effectively.

How do porcelain veneers work?

First, the dentist will determine if the patient is a good candidate for the porcelain veneer. Preparations are made to the natural tooth to remove a thin portion of the enamel from the front. Then, impressions are made to get the current shape and size of the prepared tooth. These molds are sent to a dental laboratory, where a ceramist will fabricate a final restoration using the information provided by the dentist regarding the shape, size, and color of the repair. Patients return to the dental office to have their porcelain veneer bonded in place and leave the office with a brand new smile!

How long do porcelain veneers last with proper care?

Patients need to take great care of their porcelain veneers just as they do their teeth and gums. The tooth underneath the veneer is still susceptible to problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease, so regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and x-rays can significantly reduce these risks. With proper care, most patients will enjoy their restorations for several years, sometimes up to a decade, before they need to have them removed and replaced.

How much does a porcelain veneer cost?

The cost of porcelain veneers varies due to several different factors. During a consultation appointment, the dentist will assess the patient’s current situation to determine if they are a good candidate for this treatment. Candidates can then take the time to talk to the dentist about how many veneers they need, and the preparations required. The front office team also obtains the patient’s dental insurance information to determine if any parts of the treatment may be covered by their benefits. The remaining out-of-pocket cost is then arranged with a payment plan or financing options to make the treatment affordable for all who desire it!

Discover beautiful, natural-looking veneers

Patients considering porcelain veneers in Bankers Hills may be unsure if their final results will look natural. With cosmetic dentistry procedures such as this, Dr. William V. Carlo pays close attention to ensuring the veneers created for his patients are natural-looking and long-lasting. Using high-quality materials to create beautiful repairs, he can ensure patients have a smile that is not only gorgeous but appears as though the beauty is natural!

Contact Dr. William V. Carlo and his team in San Diego, CA

If you are located in or around the area of San Diego, including the Bankers Hills community, you may have questions about porcelain veneers. Our practice is conveniently located at 3330 3rd Avenue, Suite #200 and accepts new and current patients and families. Call (619) 285-0950 today!

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