Porcelain Veneers in San Jose, CA
Also serving Los Gatos & Campbell
Natural-Looking Veneers for a Beautiful, Bright Smile
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain facings that are bonded to the front of teeth to change their color, size and/or shape. They can also be used to make mildly crooked teeth appear straight or close a gap between the teeth. If you are dissatisfied with how your smile looks, veneers might be the ideal solution.
Dr. Bhave is a specialist who is highly trained and experienced in aesthetically enhancing smiles using veneers. She works with a local high-tech dental lab that fabricates the veneers according to her exact specifications. She pays attention to detail to give you the look you want, and ensures your veneers look natural in your smile and function comfortably in your mouth.
We offer a complimentary cosmetic consultation with Dr. Bhave so you can find out if veneers are the right procedure to help you achieve your smile goals.
Experienced Specialist in the Cosmetic Restoration of Teeth
After earning her degree as a general dentist, Dr. Bhave completed three additional years of training and residency to become a prosthodontist – a dental specialist in the aesthetic restoration of teeth and replacement of teeth. A major focus of prosthodontics is cosmetic dentistry, including the placement of veneers. As a specialist, she can create a bright new smile for even the most complex cases.
Dr. Bhave has also taught cosmetic procedures to dental students since becoming a prosthodontist. She currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics at the University of Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco.
Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation
If you have been looking into porcelain veneers to enhance the look of your smile, or if you just want to learn more about the available options, come see Dr. Bhave for a Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation. Your visit will include:
- Comprehensive oral exam
- Meet with the doctor
- Discuss your smile goals
- Get your questions answered
- Learn about treatment options
Conditions Porcelain Veneers Can Fix
Porcelain veneer can correct the following situations:
- Teeth that have rough or pitted surfaces
- Yellowed, stained or discolored teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Mildly crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Our Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Smile Consultation and Treatment Plan
Dr. Bhave closely consults with you on the look you want. To help her fully understand this, she may have you bring in pictures that show examples of how you would like your teeth to look.
Dr. Bhave obtains enough information from you to completely understand what you are looking for. She then plans the treatment so it meets your desires.
Designing Your Smile
Dr. Bhave takes an impression of your teeth to be used for planning the exact dimensions of your veneers. She uses a shade guide to determine their exact color and takes pictures of your smile for the lab to use in designing your new smile. She also takes an impression of your upper and lower teeth in biting position to ensure that the veneers will be made to support optimum bite function.
The lab then makes a wax model of how your veneers will look on your teeth. Dr. Bhave presents it to you for approval, making any adjustments necessary on the model until you are happy with the planned end result.
Tooth Preparation and High-Quality Temporary Veneers
Dr. Bhave prepares your teeth for the veneers by gently removing just enough tooth structure to create a strong bonding surface and to make up for the added thickness of the veneer. She takes a full impression of the prepared teeth for use by the lab in creating your final veneers.
She then places temporary veneers onto your teeth that have the exact shape and dimensions worked out on the wax model. She will show you your temporary veneers and get your approval for them as the final design, making any adjustments necessary until you are completely happy with how they look.
If any adjustments were made to the wax model design, Dr. Bhave takes a second impression of your teeth with the temporary veneers. The two impressions, the impression of your bite and your photographs will be used to create your permanent restorations.
Try-In and Final Placement
Dr. Bhave tests your veneers in your mouth to ensure they look exactly how you want. The cement comes in different shades, so it can be customized to ensure your final teeth are exactly how you want them to look. She uses a “try-in” temporary cement to place the veneers on your teeth so you can look at them as they will appear once bonded permanently.
Dr. Bhave makes any adjustments as needed and obtains your final approval, after which she permanently bonds the veneers to your teeth. Your new veneers will give you a beautiful and bright new smile!
Cosmetic Bonding: An Economical Alternative for Minor Cosmetic Changes
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is applied to teeth to cover up small cosmetic or structural flaws. In certain circumstances, Dr. Bhave can use bonding material to close small gaps between teeth, repair chips and cover discolored parts of the enamel. She can also use bonding to make teeth longer or change their overall shape.
Cosmetic bonding is a quick and economical solution for minor changes, but is not as strong or as long-lasting as porcelain veneers. Dr. Bhave will let you know what she recommends for your specific situation.