Veneers are gaining in popularity for people who have visual and, sometimes, structural issues with their teeth. Dr. Cortes considers veneers when any of the following are present:
Veneers are easily applied to the front and back sides of the teeth. That protects them from further damage and provides you with the appearance of natural-looking teeth.
For veneers to be properly applied to your teeth, Dr. Cortes must first use an abrasive material to remove the thin, delicate layer of enamel from the surface. That provides a rough surface that is easier for the bonding agent to adhere to.
Once Dr. Cortes prepares the surface, he applies the bonding agent, then he puts the veneer in place. As soon as the veneer is where it should be, he allows it to cure for several minutes. In some cases, he may use a blue light to activate the bonding agent and hasten the curing process.
Once Dr. Cortes puts veneers in place, they're permanent. After he removes a tooth's enamel, it can't be replaced, and it doesn't grow back. This means the surface of the tooth must remain covered by some appliance, either another veneer, a cap, or a crown.
Before you opt to have veneers applied to your teeth, you should consult with Dr. Cortes to see what he recommends. Veneers are intended to be permanent. If one eventually breaks or is chipped, it'll have to be replaced to prevent the tooth from being damaged in any way.
At San Diego Smile Center, we are dedicated to our patients' dental health. We accept a variety of insurance providers to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
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