A Faster, Simpler Way To Enhance Your Smile
Many people want a pearly white smile to help them feel confident and attractive. Unfortunately, as we get older, a multitude of factors such as age, genetics, medication regimens, diet, alcohol, and tobacco use can make a white smile harder to achieve and maintain.
Professional teeth whitening and restorations like dental implants can make a big difference in your smile, but you may not currently qualify. Luckily, patients of Dr. Grivas can undergo cosmetic dentistry to enhance their smile without whitening procedures or more costly, invasive restorations, by getting porcelain veneers.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, customized white shells that fit over your natural teeth to enhance their length, shape, and color. Veneers are customized to blend in seamlessly with your smile for a natural appearance. With porcelain veneers you can completely rejuvenate your smile’s appearance in just two short appointments to our Sacramento, CA office.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can be used to treat a number of cosmetic dental issues including:
- Discoloration and staining
- Wear and decay
Beyond just covering cosmetic issues, our porcelain veneers offer other benefits to enhance and even protect your smile, including:
- Protection against temperature sensitivity
- Preserving remaining enamel
- Stain resistance
- Natural appearance
The Veneers Process
Before you can get your porcelain veneers and enjoy a brighter, whiter smile, you’ll undergo a consultation with Dr. Grivas. During your consultation, Dr. Grivas will gather the information necessary to decide if porcelain veneers are a good treatment option for you. He’ll examine your mouth, review your medical history, and discuss your smile goals with you.
Dr. Grivas may also suggest treating underlying oral health issues before you receive veneers. Treating oral health issues beforehand can help enhance and maintain your oral health while you wear veneers.
Designing Your Veneers
Once Dr. Grivas has decided that you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers, we’ll take digital images and impressions of your teeth that will serve as the blueprints for your veneers. These blueprints will be sent to an offsite laboratory where your veneers will be crafted, a process that usually takes about two to four weeks.
We’ll contact you to schedule your next appointment at our Sacramento office once your veneers are ready.
Before Dr. Grivas applies your porcelain veneers, we’ll make any necessary adjustments to them to ensure they look perfect and fit comfortably. Once you’ve approved the size and shape, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain when Dr. Grivas is preparing your teeth.
When we’re sure your anesthetic is working properly, Dr. Grivas will remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth, usually no more than 2/100’s of an inch, or about the thickness of a fingernail. Removing a small portion of your teeth’s enamel helps your veneers remain in place.
Applying Your Veneers
Once the surface of your teeth is ready, we’ll adhere your porcelain veneers to the front of your teeth with a special dental adhesive. You’ll leave our Sacramento office with the stunning smile of your dreams that same day!
Frequently Asked Questions
Porcelain veneers aren’t a permanent solution for cosmetic problems, but they’re designed to last 15 years and they can last up to 30 years with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to our Sacramento, CA office.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes, floss at least once a day, and rinse between meals.
- Visit Dr. Grivas at our Sacramento, CA office for regular dental exams at least twice a year.
- Avoid any foods and products that could stain or damage your teeth, such as:
- Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash
- Baking soda toothpaste
While veneers are designed to be long lasting, they’re not indestructible. If any of your veneers break, don’t attempt to reapply them yourself. Instead, collect the pieces in a clear, plastic container and call our Sacramento, CA office by dialing (916) 929-9222 to schedule an appointment. Bring the pieces with you on your appointment date and we’ll do our best to repair and reattach your broken veneers.
Brighten Your Smile & Protect Your Teeth With Porcelain Veneers!
With porcelain veneers, Dr. Grivas can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted by hiding cosmetic imperfections. Additionally, veneers don’t just enhance your smile, they can help strengthen your enamel by providing extra protection against sensitivity and further damage. With porcelain veneers you’ll be sporting a smile you’re eager to show off for years to come!
If you’re ready to enhance your smile contact us at our Sacramento, CA office by dialing (916) 929-9222 or request an appointment and a friendly staff member will get back to you shortly.