Porcelain Veneers

Rudell Gary S. Jacinto, DMD -  - Family Dentist

Rudell Gary S. Jacinto, DMD

Family Dentist located in Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Rudell Jacinto helps patients in Hancock Park, Miracle Mile and the Greater Los Angeles, CA, metro area restore damaged teeth and hide cosmetic defects with the highest-quality porcelain veneers designed to look like your own natural teeth - only better. Dr. Jacinto's office is conveniently located near Central LA, Wilshire Center, Koreatown, Oakwood, Melrose, Farifax, La Brea, Beverly Grove, Little Ethiopia, Dockweiler, Vineyard, Mid-Wilshire, Faircrest Heights, and Mid City.

Porcelain Veneers Q & A

by Rudell Gary S. Jacinto, DMD

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are strong, thin shells or coverings that are adhered to the front surfaces of teeth to correct a wide array of cosmetic issues. Veneers can be tinted to match your own teeth so they blend in and look natural.

What conditions do veneers treat?

Veneers can be used to:

  • hide deep stains and discoloration, including discoloration that occurs on the inside of the tooth and which cannot be treated with bleaching

  • hide small cracks or fissures, especially superficial ones

  • hide chips and pits in the tooth surface

  • correct the appearance of uneven or worn tooth edges

  • help crooked teeth appear straight without the use of braces

  • close gaps between teeth

  • improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile

How is a porcelain veneer applied?

In most cases, the veneer procedure will take two visits. At the first visit, your tooth will be prepared for the veneer. This involves removing a small amount of the tooth surface layer to provide room for the veneer's thickness, so it doesn't “stick out” beyond the neighboring teeth. An impression, or mold, of your tooth will also be made. This impression will be sent to a lab where you veneer will be crafted. A temporary veneer will be placed on your tooth to protect it while the permanent veneer is being made. At the second visit, the temporary veneer will be removed from your tooth and your tooth surface will be cleaned. Then, the permanent veneer will be carefully adhered with a strong bonding agent before being buffed and polished.

How long will a veneer last?

Veneers are designed to be very strong, and with proper care (that means regular brushing and flossing and twice-yearly dental checkups), your veneers could last 10 years or even longer in some cases.