Novato Cosmetic Dentist Explains How Porcelain Veneers can Transform your Smile

Written by Dr. McConnell on May 27, 2014

Healthy teeth are important, but a beautiful smile makes you look great and boosts your self-confidence. If you feel your smile is falling a bit short of your expectations for a flawless smile, porcelain veneers placed at our Novato Cosmetic Dentist office may be the perfect solution.

What makes porcelain veneers so special?

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of translucent porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. The reflective qualities of porcelain are very similar to that of your own tooth enamel, and the result is a cosmetic solution that closely resembles the translucency and beauty of natural teeth.

At our Novato Cosmetic Dentist Office, we are very conscious of the fact that safeguarding your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Research has proven that chronic diseases of the mouth can have a dramatic effect on our body, potentially leading to serious general health problems like heart and respiratory disease, stroke, and complications with diabetes.

Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for correcting cosmetic dental flaws. We remove only a very small amount of tooth enamel to ensure that porcelain veneers fit perfectly and look beautifully natural. This helps maintain your optimal oral health since it allows us to be much more conservative in removing tooth structure than we would with restorations like dental crowns.

How are porcelain veneers applied?

Before proceeding with any cosmetic dental treatment, we will talk to you about the results you are looking for so that we can determine if porcelain veneers are the best solution to achieve your goals. This is followed by a thorough examination of your teeth by our dentist to make sure they are healthy and that no decay or gum disease is present.

The long-term success of any cosmetic procedure is improved by first addressing any underlying problems. X-rays and impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab where your veneers will be custom-crafted to our exact specifications.

During the second appointment we bond the porcelain veneers securely to the surface of your teeth. Once they are in place, we polish and shape the veneers until we achieve perfect fit and  natural appearance.

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers and how they can benefit you, please contact our office to arrange a convenient appointment.