Dr. Jason Baldwin is an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist in Truckee, CA. He places porcelain veneers to achieve aesthetic and dental health goals, a popular cosmetic treatment that can be used to straighten, reshape and brighten teeth. They are personalized to your specific needs and can produce results that are subtle or dramatic, depending on your aesthetic goals.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent dental restoration that can be used to correct a range of cosmetic and restorative concerns. Veneers are made of a thin ceramic shell that attaches to the front and sides of the tooth covering up cosmetic blemishes and helping to protect the tooth from further damage. A dental veneer is permanently bonded to a prepared tooth and can be used to treat one tooth or several teeth.
Dr. Baldwin offers a full range of treatment options including porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers, when expertly designed and placed, can provide a permanent solution to a variety of dental health and cosmetic concerns:
- Fix gaps between teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked or misshaped teeth
- Change the shape or length of teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
Porcelain Veneers: What to Expect
Dr. Baldwin will meet with you to thoroughly evaluate your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals before recommending a personalized treatment plan. To ensure an outcome that is beautifully matched to your unique smile, Dr. Baldwin often uses digital color matching software which brings a level of accuracy to your treatment planning that cannot be achieved with the naked eye and provides customized results that will meet and exceed your expectations for a smile that looks natural.
The porcelain veneers process will involve two to three visits to our Tahoe City, CA area cosmetic dentistry office as your beautiful new smile is carefully designed, created and placed for a comfortable result.
The process for placing porcelain veneers will begin with dental impressions to be used in the custom fabrication of your restorations. We will work with you to choose the right color, size, and shape so that your veneer teeth will blend seamlessly with your natural smile. The next step is to prepare the teeth to be treated by removing as little surface structure as possible. Temporary restorations may be placed if necessary until your custom veneers are ready to be placed.
Once complete, your new porcelain veneers will be permanently secured by Dr. Baldwin. Any necessary last minute adjustments will be made for a comfortable and stable fit.
Even though they are considered a permanent restoration, porcelain veneers will not last forever, especially if they are not properly cared for. You should continue to follow good oral hygiene routines including daily teeth brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist.
Dr. Baldwin also suggests limiting stain-causing food and drinks. Teeth grinding can easily damage your veneers. We can custom fit your for a mouth guard to protect them and prevent further damage to the rest of your teeth. Your porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years or longer if properly cared for.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Are Porcelain veneers permanent?
Porcelain veneers are not considered a permanent procedure, as they will likely need to be replaced. They can last decades with the right care and treatment, and some patients never need to replace them. While they are not a permanent procedure, they are irreversible.
Do you brush veneers?
You need to brush and floss porcelain veneers regularly to help prevent normal dental problems. Veneers are seen as one of the best treatments for gum restoration currently in dentistry, and you shouldn’t be afraid to damage them by flossing or brushing. Any non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will be sufficient for your teeth maintenance.
What happens to teeth under veneers?
The teeth under your porcelain veneers are still susceptible to plaque and tartar, and can develop tiny holes in them if not properly cared for. If cavities appear on these teeth, they may lose the ability to support your veneers after the dentist treats the cavity.
Is it painful to get veneers?
The process of getting porcelain veneers is typically pain free and comfortable. There may be sensitivity due to the removal of enamel, so your tooth will be numbed before the procedure, much like when filling a cavity.
Can veneers fall off?
Though porcelain veneers are attached to the teeth, they can fall off in select situations. If not properly applied, veneers may slide off. Physical contact with your teeth and aging may also cause the veneers to fall off.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in getting porcelain veneers in the Lake Tahoe, CA and Truckee, CA area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baldwin. He will discuss your cosmetic goals and budget concerns to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.