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.
Why Choose Dr. Bhave for Porcelain Veneers
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.
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:
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
Porcelain Veneers Procedure Details
Initial 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 Veneer Dimensions & Color
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 & Final Veneer 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!
Dental Bonding: Affordable Alternative to Veneers
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.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Why do patients choose porcelain veneers?
Veneers are an easy and quick method for addressing dental issues that might otherwise require more involved procedures. In many cases, veneers are a less expensive and difficult alternative to braces and dental crowns. Patients can choose to get a veneer for a single tooth, or a whole row of them for an attractive, uniform and natural-looking smile.
Veneers act as durable porcelain shields to mask the imperfections on your natural teeth. After they have been cemented into place, they can hide cracks, chips, discoloration or any other imperfection that you may not want on display.
Some patients choose veneers because they are displeased with the length or shape of their existing teeth and want a different style of smile. Others believe the spaces between their teeth are too wide, and a set of veneers can cover up those gaps.
Skilled Bay Area dentist Dr. Ashwini Bhave uses computer modeling to create veneers that match perfectly with either your existing teeth or the kind of teeth you have requested. Most veneers will last at least 10 years, though 20 years is not uncommon for patients who take good care of their teeth.
On top of that, veneers are made out of stain-resistant materials, meaning that people who love to drink coffee and red wine do not need to worry about seeking teeth whitening sessions to keep their teeth sparkling.
When are porcelain veneers not appropriate?
While veneers are a great way to cover up aesthetic flaws, they are not designed to treat legitimate oral health issues. Before you receive veneers, San Jose dentist Dr. Ashwini Bhave will examine your mouth for tooth infection and gum disease, and treat any such issues promptly. For example, veneers will do nothing to stop a decaying tooth, which is why you still need to tend to your natural teeth with fillings.
Dr. Bhave also cautions patients who have a tendency to clench and grind their teeth that their veneers will be at risk for wearing away more quickly than other patients’. Patients who still have their heart set on veneers may opt to wear a mouth guard at night to minimize the amount of chipping and friction that will undermine the veneers.
Patients should be aware that veneers are a permanent decision. Once your teeth have been reshaped to fit veneers, they cannot be reversed in the future, meaning you will have to get veneers again at a later point.
Is the procedure painful?
To put on veneers, Dr. Bhave will have to first remove enamel from the tooth surface. He will provide you with a local anesthetic to keep any discomfort to a minimum. After your veneers are cemented into place, you may experience some swelling of the gums, along with sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks, but these minor side effects will be temporary.
Are porcelain veneers the same as dental bonding?
While veneers and dental bonding are similar, there are some critical differences. With a dental bonding procedure, Dr. Bhave will place composite material onto a tooth and then sculpt it to correct misshapen teeth, fill in gaps, add volume to teeth or simply cover up discoloration. The same tooth-colored material can be used to fill cavities. Best of all, bonding does not require the reshaping of your natural tooth, meaning that you can later choose to reverse the procedure. While bonding is less expensive than porcelain veneers, it does not last nearly as long.