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Porcelain Veneers in Concord, California

Let Dr. Stirm quickly improve the appearance of your smile with veneers!

Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers, sometimes referred to as dental veneers or laminates give our Concord cosmetic dentist the ability to correct imperfections such as chips, gaps, stains, and teeth misalignment. Dr. Robert Stirm also utilizes porcelain veneers to reshape, lengthen or shorten teeth and create brilliant symmetrical smile makeovers.

The porcelain veneer procedure is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments and it is virtually painless. Dr. Stirm can custom-fit these slim, durable veneers to the desired teeth, with results that both look amazing and feel natural. Plus, porcelain dental veneers can last for decades and significantly improve the appearance of your smile.


Results can often last decades and most people won’t even know you have porcelain veneers… unless you tell them!


Advantages

Woman smiling with porcelain veneersPorcelain veneers have many advantages, including:

  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
  • Your gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
  • Veneers can be matched to any color desired.
  • Porcelain veneers provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Veneers offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative than crowns.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape.
  • Veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure.

Benefits

BenefitsPorcelain dental veneers play a major role in the custom smile makeover process and they offer a great advantage compared to the options available in the past. Porcelain veneers allow Dr. Stirm to take a very conservative approach in reshaping your smile. In years past, dentists did what was referred to as, “Hollywood crowns”, these Hollywood crowns looked great but the majority of the natural tooth structure had to be removed. With advancements in dentistry and dental materials, a trained and experienced cosmetic dentist can retain almost all of the natural tooth structure while still creating a picture perfect, natural looking smile.


Realistic ExpectationsHave realistic treatment expectations.

Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. Nevertheless, this procedure can greatly enhance your smile, and can heighten inner satisfaction and self-esteem.

Contact the cosmetic dentistry office of Robert L. Stirm, DDS to schedule your free porcelain veneers consultation today!

Get startedHow can I get started with veneers?

Every porcelain veneer procedure and smile makeover is a custom process starting with a personal consultation with Dr. Stirm. During this consultation Dr. Stirm will take time to get to know you, your goals, and answer all of your questions regarding the procedure. He then will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to determine if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers and if they are the best option for you. If porcelain veneers are the best option, you will be just a few appointments away from a perfect smile.

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Before and After Photos

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQWhat are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material bonded to the front of teeth. They require little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. They can mask discolorations, brighten teeth, and improve a smile. Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, the wafer-thin porcelain veneers can achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth, resulting in an esthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options.


FAQWhy would you recommend a porcelain veneer?

Porcelain veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size, or shape. Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.

Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.


FAQWhat happens during the procedure?

Patients need three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.

Diagnosis and treatment planning

It’s critical that you take an active role in the smile design. Spend time in the decision-making and planning of the smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one consultation, if necessary, to feel comfortable about your objectives.

Preparation of teeth

This appointment will take from one to two hours. The teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed. At this appointment, a mold is taken and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This can take about one to two weeks.

Bonding of veneers

This appointment will take about one to two hours. First, the veneers are placed on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the esthetic results, and pay particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam initiates the release of a catalyst to harden the cement.


FAQHow about maintenance?

For about a week or two, you will go through a period of adjustment as you get used to your “new” teeth that have been changed in size and shape. Brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you’ll return for a follow-up appointment.


FAQWhat happens to my teeth after veneers, and will I ever get cavities?

The integrity of veneered teeth is only marginally compromised, and the veneer is bonded to the existing teeth. There is no higher incidence of decay provided the veneers are properly cared for as previously mentioned with regular flossing and brushing with toothpaste. In general, it is good dental advice to keep your sugar consumption low and confined to meal times to prevent decay.


FAQHow long will porcelain veneers last?

They can last from seven to twenty years. While the veneer itself is inert and non-living, the tooth or teeth to which they are attached and the surrounding gum tissues are living and may change. For example, gum line shrinkage may expose or reveal root surfaces. If a veneer comes off it can generally be rebonded. If it chips it can sometimes be rebonded or otherwise replaced.


FAQWill porcelain veneers match my other teeth?

This is certainly a factor that will be discussed during your evaluation and smile design so that everything matches and blends well. Most patients usually whiten the lower teeth with whitening (bleaching) procedures to ensure a good match.


FAQDo porcelain veneers stain?

Porcelain veneers should never stain; however; if your teeth have a propensity to stain you should try to avoid or minimize the behaviors that lead to staining and look after them as recommended above with normal hygiene and maintenance procedures.


FAQDoes dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?

Some insurance companies will cover up to 50% of the fee they deem customary. However, it depends upon what your employer has contracted for with your insurance company rather than what Dr. Stirm is charging. Don’t forget that Dr. Stirm also has to pay the dental technician who actually fabricates the veneers, a critical component in the fee. If the cost of veneers is what’s holding you back, call our office and ask about our affordable financing plans through CareCredit

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