Cosmetic dentist in Dublin, CA can transform your smile with porcelain veneers
If you are seeking a way to transform your smile, our cosmetic dentist in Dublin, CA is here to assist! Dr. Munira Lokhandwlaa of Starbrite Dental is a professional who is ready to help patients improve the way the smile looks, especially if imperfections are affecting the teeth near the front of the smile. Our practice finds that many patients with problem teeth in the smile will benefit from solutions such as porcelain veneers.
Improve the smile with porcelain veneers
Dr. Munira Lokhandwala of Starbrite Dental uses porcelain veneers for patients who want a fast and effective way to address imperfections that may be impacting the appearance of their smile. Porcelain veneers are essentially very thin pieces of ceramic that are custom-made to match the patient’s existing teeth so that they blend in perfectly with the rest of the smile. These are bonded right in place over problematic teeth to disguise them and allow patients to look their best. With porcelain veneers, patients can cover a variety of common issues of the smile, including:
- Gapped teeth
- Permanently stained teeth
- Chipped/broken teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Unusually shaped teeth
Many patients will ask Dr. Munira Lokhadwlaa if they are appropriate candidates for this or other cosmetic restorations. The best way to determine this is for patients to book a consultation appointment with her at Starbrite Dental. This first appointment in Dublin, CA will include an evaluation where our team of professionals will check the health of the smile, discuss with patients the concerns they have, and make recommendations that are the most appropriate for their specific needs. In many cases, porcelain veneers can be used, especially as a cosmetic fix for imperfect teeth.
The process of obtaining porcelain veneers
The process starts with a consultation visit with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala. Patients discuss with their dentist their needs, and porcelain veneers are considered. If patients choose to continue with porcelain veneers, they need to prepare their teeth for their placement. This requires Dr. Munira Lokhandwala to file down a portion of the tooth enamel from the front of the tooth, then take impressions. These dental molds are then mailed off to a ceramic where the porcelain veneer is fabricated. The veneer is designed with certain specifications in mind, including shape, size, and color. Within a few weeks, the veneer is sent to the dentist, and patients return to the office to have the restoration bonded in place on the front of the tooth. The bonding will last many years, often a decade or longer, as long as patients take great care in protecting their veneers and keeping their smile clean and healthy.
Can porcelain veneers be reversed?
It is essential that patients understand that once preparations are done for porcelain veneers and they have been bonded in place, they cannot necessarily be reversed. This is because original enamel from the tooth has been removed in the preparation process and cannot be restored. However, patients may in the future have composite resin bonding placed over the area, but this is essentially just a composite veneer. Composite resin bonding is also susceptible to staining and discoloration, making it last not nearly as long as porcelain restorations which will not stain. We encourage patients to ask about all the options available to them when they are considering porcelain veneers and making sure they understand that this is a permanent option for restoring the teeth.
How do I care for my veneers?
Veneers are made of very strong materials, but that doesn’t mean that they are not susceptible to cracking and breaking. We encourage patients to avoid using their teeth to chew hard objects, and if patients have problems with bruxism, they should wear a mouth guard at night to protect their teeth and restorations.
Take time to discuss your cosmetic options today!
Dr. Munira Lokhandwala and the team at Starbrite Dental are excited to offer patients in the community of Dublin, CA the benefits of quality care. If you are seeking aesthetic treatment solutions with an experienced dentist to transform your smile, we encourage you to consider the advantages of porcelain veneers. Call our practice today at 925-828-0252 and visit the office in Suite B at 7197 Village Parkway in Dublin.