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Dentistry at the Promenade

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Mission Valley, San Diego, CA

Porcelain veneers are a conservative dentistry solution for tooth stains, misshapen teeth, minor teeth gaps, and overall smile enhancement. At Dentistry at the Promenade in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, California, Estela Caeg-Bustamante, DMD, and the team use veneers to shape your smile with minimal changes to your natural teeth. Get a perfect smile now by booking your consultation online or calling the office.

Veneers Q & A

What is a dental veneer?

A dental veneer is a conservative restoration that covers the front of your tooth. The Dentistry at the Promenade team designs your veneer to fit your tooth flawlessly, while also correcting the underlying issue. 

Veneers consist of several thin layers of porcelain that match the color of your nearby teeth for a natural look. Because veneers correct aesthetic concerns instead of tooth structure problems, they’re considered a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Veneers are a permanent procedure, which means that once you get a veneer on your tooth, it always need a veneer for protection. Veneers can last quite a few years if you take care of them.

What are the best uses for veneers?

There are several reasons that you could need one or more veneers, including:

  • Closing a minor tooth gap
  • Masking deep tooth stains
  • Improving irregular tooth shape
  • Improving your whole smile

Veneers may also work for some minor fractures and chips. They’re ideal for your front teeth, while crowns are usually the better solution for back teeth. 

How do veneers stay on my teeth?

Your Dentistry at the Promenade provider prepares your teeth for veneers by removing around 1 millimeter of enamel. They then create an impression of your tooth and send it to a dental lab specializing in veneer fabrication. In the interim, you’ll wear a temporary veneer to protect your tooth from damage. 

After your veneer is ready, your provider removes the temporary one and applies a light-sensitive resin or a dental cement to your tooth before placing your permanent veneer. A blue or ultraviolet light hardens the veneer in place, if needed. 

When is a crown better than a veneer?

In general, if you need a tooth restoration for practical reasons like a weakened molar or a major tooth fracture, a crown might be the better choice. Crowns are usually better for the back teeth because they’re thicker and can withstand the extra force from chewing. 

This additional thickness is why your provider removes about twice as much enamel to place crowns. The Dentistry at the Promenade team can explain all the options so you can decide which kind of restoration works for you. 

Reach out to the Dentistry at the Promenade team by phone or through online booking to set up your veneers consultation now.