Perfect Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers
of your teeth to change their shape and conceal small blemishes on the surface of your smile. Lifelike porcelain veneers have the color and reflectivity of healthy tooth enamel, and they come in a large range of shades to match your teeth.
With porcelain veneers, Dr. Lopez transforms smiles to exquisite natural beauty. Each patient’s smile makeover is individualized to create not only optimal beauty, but also, optimal biting and speaking function. If you have oral health issues such as gum inflammation, dental decay, cracked teeth, or missing teeth, Dr. Lopez will collaborate with you on a comprehensive treatment plan that will result in restoration of your oral health—not just your smile.
Veneer treatment is one of the most versatile and popular cosmetic dental treatments. It is a more conservative treatment than dental crowns because less tooth enamel needs to be removed. This treatment is faster than orthodontics for correcting minor tooth spacing and alignment problems.
Porcelain veneers are often an appropriate solution for:
- Small chips or hairline cracks
- Worn teeth
- White spots on the surface of teeth
- Intrinsic stains or discoloration that is too severe for tooth whitening
- Small spaces between teeth
- Slight tooth misalignment that does not affect the overall balance of your bite
Veneer treatment by an expert in comprehensive smile makeovers is long lasting.
A clinical instructor at the world renowned Kois Center for Advanced Dentistry Through Science in Seattle, Washington and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Jay Lopez is a highly experienced restorative and cosmetic dentist, who wants the very best for each of his patients. This means he wants your treatment experience to be exceptional. He informs you fully and involves you personally in the development of your individualized treatment plan. His goal is to achieve long lasting results of the highest quality that achieve your goals and are optimally healthy for you. With his individualized care and attention to detail, if you are a good candidate for porcelain
veneers, he can provide custom veneers that are virtually identical to natural dental enamel.
Many patients are surprised to learn that porcelain veneers can strengthen their teeth and last many years. If a veneer becomes damaged, it can be replaced. Excellent oral hygiene, regular checkups, and regular teeth cleaning will extend the “life” of your veneers.
Sometimes teeth are so poorly aligned or damaged that veneers alone are not appropriate treatment. If alternative treatments or additional treatments (in combination with veneers) will provide better comprehensive results for improved oral health, function, comfort, and aesthetics, these will be discussed with you when you meet with Dr. Lopez for an examination and consultation.
Here’s what you can expect if you choose veneer treatment.
Before placing veneers, Dr. Lopez will need to remove a very thin layer of tooth enamel. This will allow the porcelain veneer to lie flat against your tooth. Thanks to his precision, your veneers will blend perfectly with your natural tooth and be imperceptible.
After removing the thin bit of tooth enamel from the front of each tooth that will receive a veneer, we do a 3D digital scan of your full dental arch and individual teeth. These “digital impressions” are used by our preferred dental ceramist to design your custom veneers. In addition to making sure that the porcelain fits correctly, Dr. Lopez will select the shade of porcelain that matches the natural color of your teeth. Although the preparation of each tooth is minimal and you will be numbed, you might still be anxious about the procedure. Many patients experience dental anxiety, and we are prepared to make your experience calm and relaxed. Dr. Lopez offers sedation options.
While you are waiting for your permanent veneers, Dr. Lopez will provide temporary veneers to reduce tooth sensitivity and for aesthetics.
Once your veneers are fabricated and they have been delivered to our office, you will have a second appointment. After checking the fit, Dr. Lopez will securely bond each veneer in place using a dental resin. After you receive your final porcelain restorations, you will enjoy immediate comfortable aesthetic benefits.
Schedule your special time with Dr. Jay Lopez today.
During a comprehensive smile makeover evaluation, Dr. Lopez will tour your mouth with you, and you will have ample time to discuss any discovered oral health problems and what you like and don’t like about the appearance of your teeth and smile. You will learn about the best treatment options and begin collaborating on a plan of treatment to achieve your goals. With the latest dental materials, technology, and methods, Dr. Lopez can transform your smile with predictably healthy and long lasting results. Call (520) 886-8090.