With new advances in dental technology, porcelain veneers are becoming an increasing popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in Pasadena. New types of porcelain are stronger than ever and reflect light in a way that is similar to natural tooth enamel, for a more lifelike appearance. Porcelain veneers can be combined with other cutting-edge dental treatments, such as teeth whitening and dental crowns, to create a truly stunning, natural-looking smile.
Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. is a holistic dentist in Pasadena who performs a range of general and cosmetic dentistry procedures, including porcelain veneers. Dr. Molayem focuses her practice on ensuring the well-being of the entire patient – not just the teeth, gums, and mouth. She provides high quality general and cosmetic dental services, using the least aggressive methods possible.
What Types of Dental Problems Do Porcelain Veneers Correct?
Veneers can be used, alone or in combination with other procedures, to correct a wide range of cosmetic issues. They are commonly used to correct:
- Discolored teeth: Tooth discoloration can result from root canal treatment, excessive fluoride, tetracycline and other medications, or large resin fillings in the teeth.
- Gaps between the teeth: Dental veneers are an effective way to fill the gaps.
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth (for example, teeth that have bulges or craters)
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are too small or too large
Dental veneers are not designed for restorative purposes to repair major structural problems. They are typically applied to basically healthy teeth with minor cosmetic defects. If you are interested in making small cosmetic changes to your smile, look into our veneers Pasadena patients can depend on.
Procedure for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are usually applied in a series of two office visits. Little or no anesthesia is required for the procedure. In the first office visit, to prepare your teeth for the veneers, Dr. Molayem will lightly buff them and shape the surface, removing approximately one-half millimeter of the tooth enamel, to allow for the minor added thickness of the veneer. She will then take a mold or impression of your teeth to send to the dental laboratory, where your custom veneers will be fabricated. Together, you and Dr. Molayem will choose the right color shade to match your teeth.
During your second office visit, Dr. Molayem will place the veneers on your teeth, checking them carefully for fit and color. At this point, the shade of the veneers can be adjusted if necessary with the shade of the cement used to bond them. Your teeth will be cleaned with a special liquid to aid the bonding process, and then the veneer will be applied with cement. A light beam will be used to harden and set the bond.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Dental veneers provide a conservative approach to cosmetic dental treatment. An excellent alternative to crowns in many situations, veneers do not require extensive shaping before the procedure, which can be performed with little or no anesthetic.
Porcelain veneers have a number of advantages for patients seeking to improve the appearance of their smile:
- They produce beautiful, natural looking results.
- Porcelain color can be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter.
- Porcelain veneers resist staining.
- Gum tissue tends to tolerate porcelain well.
- Veneers provide a less aggressive cosmetic alternative to crowns.
Porcelain Veneers in Pasadena
Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. is a Doctor of Dental Surgery in Pasadena with a practice focused on integrated, conservative general and cosmetic dentistry. Her patients benefit from techniques that not only optimize oral health, but also help create a healthy, happy body.
A bright, beautiful smile can be a valuable asset in both social and professional situations. When your smile is radiant, it is more likely to make a positive impression on others. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Molayem. She can recommend the best procedure to achieve your unique cosmetic goals, using the least aggressive methods possible while ensuring your overall well-being.