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  • Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile?
  • Do you have misshapen, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth?
  • Are they stained, discolored, or naturally dark?
  • Are they spaced too far apart, creating unattractive spaces?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution for you. They are among the most beautiful, natural looking smile enhancement procedures available.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain is a glass or ceramic type of material that naturally resembles tooth enamel in color and opalescence. Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain, covering unsightly teeth like a beautiful mask. They are about as thick as a contact lens or a fingernail. Because they are so thin, the preparation requires very little tooth alteration.

The Great Duplicator

Veneers are made out of thin strips of dental ceramic. Porcelain is a popular dental material for veneers, because its characteristics are so similar to natural tooth enamel. The material combines unsurpassed aesthetics, reflecting light in much the same way as natural enamel, with practical and functional characteristics. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and durable. Whereas dental bonding may be a more affordable option over the short term, porcelain veneers may provide a better value. They can last for years with proper home hygiene and professional, routine care. Bonding may require more frequent replacement, which adds to costs and time in the treatment chair.

Today’s veneers are also more resilient, due to advancements in the materials used to bond each veneer to the natural tooth structure. Additionally, veneers get their strength from how they are bonded to the natural tooth; before placing your lifelike veneer, each tooth to be treated is prepared. This preparation involves removing a very small amount of enamel, which creates a great bonding surface so your veneer securely attaches to the tooth.

Knowing Whether Veneers Are Right for You

Porcelain veneers are appropriate for the vast majority of patients, and Dr. Jivraj will conduct a thorough examination during your consultation to ensure that porcelain veneers are the best cosmetic dentistry solution for you. In general, veneers will be a good choice if you have:

  • Healthy, fully mature teeth
  • No gum disease
  • No history of grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Good overall health with no active infections

Gum disease or other oral health issues will need to be resolved before you consider porcelain veneers. Patients who have multiple fillings may be better candidates for dental crowns. Silver fillings, in particular, may show their dark color through after some of your tooth structure is recontoured in preparation for veneers. For patients who are heavy teeth grinders, you have the potential to break the veneers over time, so you will want to discuss alternatives with Dr. Jivraj. If dental veneers are not the right choice for you, Dr. Jivraj will help you select the right cosmetic dental treatment to help you achieve your goals for your best smile.

Schedule Your Own Private Consultation with Dr. J

Anacapa Dental Art Institute is proud of their dedicated service to Ventura County. Lead by world-renowned top cosmetic prosthodontist Dr. Jivraj and his expert staff, Anacapa has the expertise and facility to handle whatever your cosmetic dental situation may be. Whether it’s a tooth whitening or a full mouth reconstruction, expect nothing but some of the best dental care Ventura County has available.

Call today for a private consultation. Renew your smile, renew your life.

About Your Oxnard, CA Cosmetic Dentist:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jivraj contact our Oxnard, CA, dental office today by calling 805-988-3317. Our office at 2821 N Ventura Road, Oxnard, CA 93036 welcomes patients in and around Oxnard, CA, including Santa Barbara, Woodland Hills, Ventura, and the surrounding Southern California communities.

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