If you have teeth that are stained, discolored, chipped, or irregularly shaped, you may be wondering what your best treatment option is. You may not want to try to whiten your teeth and end up with a shade you don’t like, or perhaps orthodontic treatment isn’t an option. In these cases, veneers are an excellent way to whiten and perfect your smile without an extensive, expensive, and time-consuming treatment.
At the office of Ghina Morad, DDS, we offer two different types of veneers: composite and porcelain. Both have advantages, and depending on your situation, you may be better suited to one over the other. When you come to our office for dental veneers in San Carlos, California, our dentist will take time to discuss your treatment options and which process is best for you.
Composite veneers are made from dental composite, which is a mix of plastics and glass. One of the great advantages to composite veneers is that they are done in our office in one visit by Dr. Ghina Morad. Working with the soft composite, we apply it directly to your teeth, giving them a refreshing new finish that is whiter, smoother, and can improve the shape of your teeth.
Since composite goes onto your teeth while soft, it is best for repairing discoloration, ridges, and pitting that occur to the surface of your teeth.
Unlike composites, porcelain veneers are a multi-step process. On your first visit, we will prepare your teeth for your veneers by removing a thin layer of enamel and then take an impression of your teeth. This impression is used by a laboratory to create your porcelain veneers, which are then secured to your teeth on a second visit.
Though porcelain veneers are only millimeters thick, they are incredibly strong, often lasting 15 to 20 years. They are also excellent for changing the shape of your teeth and repairing chips. For some patients, the same results can be achieved with tooth recontouring, a painless and quick procedure that involves the removal of a thin layer of enamel.