Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers

Sometimes braces and good dental hygiene are not enough to obtain a perfect smile. You may find that you are unhappy with the general shape and size of your teeth, or you may have suffered an accident that left you with a chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth. In some cases, there is just no way to perfect the natural look of your teeth. However, this should not discourage you, as you still have some cosmetic dentistry options available.

At Rafi Dental Group in Tustin, we offer high-quality, natural-looking porcelain veneers. This dental service can be used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic problems and is generally a quick and cost-effective solution. 

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To start, you may be wondering what exactly are porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are cemented to the front of a tooth to provide a different color or shape. In this procedure, the color and shape of the veneers are made individually for you, so that they naturally blend with the rest of your teeth. Before bonding the veneers to the teeth, the dentist will typically need to remove a small amount of enamel to accommodate the small amount of added thickness from the veneer. Then, the veneer is cemented to the tooth, and the bonding is hardened with a strong light or laser.


An important thing to consider is that when you get veneers, you are committing to them for the foreseeable future. This is because your affected teeth generally need to have the top layer of enamel removed, which cannot be replaced. However, when cared for properly veneers can last between 10 to 30 years. Once your veneers begin to crack, chip, or break you will need to replace them, going through the creation and bonding process all over again. This can be a daunting prospect for many but may be worth it if you already have permanent cosmetic defects in your smile. 


Porcelain veneers can be used to correct several cosmetic dental issues. These can include chipped or broken teeth, teeth with gaps or spaces, staining or discoloration that cannot be whitened, significantly worn down teeth, and more. The common thread with these issues is that they typically cannot be fixed by altering the natural tooth color or structure. Instead, veneers provide a cosmetic solution that improves the appearance of your smile, while keeping your natural teeth. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of some of your teeth, then veneers may be able to provide a long-term solution. 



If you experience any of these cosmetic dental problems, then veneers can provide a huge benefit. One of the benefits of porcelain veneers is that they can cover discoloration or staining that cannot be improved by whitening. Veneers are also more stain-resistant than natural teeth, so it will also be easier to maintain their color for longer. 


Veneers also provide a permanent solution to teeth that may be cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged. With our advanced veneer technology, veneers last longer than ever. Each veneer is made by a lab technician to fit a tooth that your dentist has created a mold of. This means that when the tooth is bonded, it fits your individual tooth perfectly. Then, you are less likely to experience a veneer loosening or coming un-bonded. 


With our skilled technicians and advanced technology, long gone are the veneers that make teeth look unnatural or blocky. While our veneers are made to look beautiful, they are also tailored to blend into the color and shape of your surrounding teeth. Small variations in color and shape are made intentionally to make sure that your veneers look like your natural teeth, but better.


If you have been looking for a long-term solution to improve the appearance of your smile, consider porcelain veneers. Our dentists will work with you to create and apply veneers that beautify your teeth without looking unnatural. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Rafi Dental Group in Tustin today. We look forward to hearing from you!