If you are looking for a way to restore a beautiful, natural smile, porcelain veneers from Douglas G. Hope, DDS are a fantastic choice. With this advanced cosmetic dentistry procedure, you can cover up stains, gaps, and imperfections in your teeth, leaving you with a perfectly attractive smile.
As an experienced cosmetic dentist in Escondido, Dr. Hope can treat just about any cosmetic issue, ranging from stains to chips, gaps, and more. Dental veneers are one of the best ways to restore your smile as they are durable, long-lasting, and look completely natural. To learn more about veneers or schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Hope, give us a call today!
Porcelain Veneers – Your Ticket To A Perfect Smile
Porcelain veneers are the best way to get the smile of your dreams. They are thin, customized shells composed of a high-quality porcelain composite. These shells fit over your existing teeth, providing a thin “veneer” that covers your natural tooth material, hence the name. They are bonded in place with dental adhesive for a permanent tooth restoration.
Veneers from the office of Douglas G. Hope can cover up imperfections like stained or misshapen teeth. They can also help straighten a crooked smile, and even fill in gaps between your natural teeth.
The Veneer Procedure – What You Need To Know
The process of getting porcelain veneers is simple and noninvasive. First, Dr. Hope will perform a comprehensive oral exam to determine if veneers are right for you. Then, he will prepare each tooth that will get a veneer by removing a tiny layer of enamel.
It usually takes two appointments to have your veneers placed after Dr. Hope approves you for the treatment. At your first appointment, Dr. Hope will begin by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Next, a layer of enamel will be removed from each tooth which will be receiving veneers. Removing this small amount of enamel ensures that the veneers will fit seamlessly in your smile.
Images and impressions of your teeth are taken, and sent to an external lab, where your veneers will be manufactured to match the color of your existing teeth perfectly, and provide the desired shape and volume of your new smile.
It takes 2-3 weeks for your veneers to be made, so you’ll be sent home with a set of temporary veneers to protect your trimmed teeth. When your veneers arrive, you’ll schedule your follow-up placement appointment. Dr. Hope will check each veneer to make sure it fits perfectly, then bond it into place and buff and polish your new teeth. All that’s left is for you to enjoy your brilliant new smile!
The Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers
- Restore your smile in just 2 appointments – You’ll only spend a few hours in the dentist’s chair, and you can completely revitalize your smile in just two appointments over the span of 2-3 weeks.
- Long-lasting, durable, stain-resistant – Veneers are very strong and durable, and can easily last 10-15+ years with proper oral care. They’re also stain-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about stains ruining your new, bright smile.
- Completely natural look and feel – Your veneers will be indistinguishable from natural teeth, both to you and to others. Nobody will be able to tell that you have veneers, and they will feel completely natural in your mouth. Veneers will be crafted to match the color of your teeth, and give you the size and shape that fits naturally in your mouth. The result is a straight, bright, natural-looking smile.
- No Special Care – With veneers, you will be able to continue to brush and floss as usual. Simply keep coming in for routine cleanings and checkups to keep your smile healthy and looking its best. If you can, avoiding chewing ice, biting your nails, and using your teeth as tools to open packaging will prevent damage to your veneers and ensure their longevity.
What Imperfections Can Porcelain Veneers Correct?
Porcelain veneers can be used to treat a wide variety of imperfections. Teeth with minor gaps, irregular structure, and slight gaps can usually be treated with veneers, restoring their appearance and providing patients with a more attractive smile.
Veneers are also often a good option for patients who have severely discolored teeth that have not responded to traditional whitening. By covering up the natural tooth structure with white porcelain, even the most severe stains can be treated and covered up.
In some cases, porcelain veneers can also be used to treat minor chips and damage to the teeth. However, veneers are a cosmetic treatment and are not the preferred method for restoring teeth that are damaged due to decay, grinding, or dental injuries.
Caring For Porcelain Veneers
Caring for porcelain veneers is quite simple. First and foremost, you must brush at least 2-3 times per day for at least 2 minutes, and floss once per day. Ask Dr. Hope for a toothpaste recommendation, as you should avoid “gritty” whitening toothpaste, which often includes baking soda and other substances that are not recommended for porcelain veneers.
You should also continue coming to the office of Douglas G. Hope for regular six-month oral exams and cleanings to safeguard your oral health. Beyond this, avoid chewing extremely hard foods like almonds and ice with your veneers to avoid potential damage to your smile. You should also avoid chewing on non-food objects like pens and fingernails, and avoid using your teeth as “tools” to do things like open packages or tear tape.
If you clench or grind your teeth at night or if you play contact sports, make sure your teeth and veneers are not damaged by wearing a custom mouthguard.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Porcelain Veneers?
Good candidates for porcelain veneers should have a healthy mouth, free of major oral health issues like gum disease or tooth decay. These issues must be addressed before veneers can be placed.
In addition, candidates for veneers should have a mouth free of major orthodontic issues. While veneers can be used to treat minor gaps and slightly crooked teeth, they are not ideal for patients who may have serious orthodontic problems or an unhealthy bite. Invisalign or a similar orthodontic treatment may be recommended instead.
Patients who get veneers should also be free of issues like teeth clenching and grinding, or wear a night guard to address this problem. Clenching and grinding can lead to the damage and failure of veneers.
Finally, non-smokers are typically preferred for veneer treatment. Smoking will not stain veneers, but it will stain the surrounding tooth structure, which can have negative aesthetic effects. Not sure if you’re a good candidate? Schedule your appointment with Dr. Hope today!
Are Veneers Safe?
Yes. Veneers are extremely safe, and there are no serious side effects or complications associated with the placement of veneers. After your teeth are trimmed and your temporary veneers are placed, you may experience a bit of tooth sensitivity. However, this will usually go away as soon as you come in for your follow-up appointment, and your permanent veneers are placed.
Not only are veneers safe, but they have a very high rate of success, even in the long-term, with 91% of porcelain veneers remaining healthy and intact after 20 years. If you get veneers, you’ll be investing in a safe, long-lasting cosmetic dentistry treatment that will keep your smile looking great for years to come.
Can Veneers Be Removed?
No. Unlike some other types of cosmetic dentistry, the placement of dental veneers involves the removal of a thin layer of enamel. About 0.5mm of tooth material must be trimmed away from each tooth that is getting a veneer.
This is done to make sure your veneers do not add any extra bulk to your teeth and do not change your bite alignment. Once your veneers are applied to your teeth, they will be just as strong as they were before they were trimmed.
However, if your veneers were to be removed, the underlying enamel would be much thinner and less durable. It would be more prone to decay and damage and could cause you serious oral health issues. For this reason, veneers are not intended to be removed.
Once you get veneers, they will become a permanent part of your mouth. You may eventually have to replace damaged or worn-out veneers, just like a real tooth. It’s never advisable to have them removed.
If you don’t like the idea of veneers because they require your natural enamel to be removed, you may want to consider alternative cosmetic dentistry treatments like dental bonding. Dental bonding can have similar results, but does not require the removal of your natural enamel.
Can Veneers Stain or Be Whitened?
At the office of Douglas G. Hope, we use the highest quality porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are built from a very durable, strong, nonporous ceramic material. This material is extremely resistant to staining and yellowing, so it will remain bright and white for as long as you keep your veneers.
Porcelain veneers cannot be stained nor can they be whitened. Peroxide-based whiteners do not have any effect on your veneers, but since they can’t be stained, this is not really a big deal. However, this does not mean that you can feel free to ignore proper oral hygiene.
It is crucial that you continue brushing and flossing properly to ensure that your veneers and the underlying enamel both remain healthy. In addition, if you do not take proper care of your teeth, it’s possible for the teeth that have not been treated with veneers to become stained. If this happens, your smile will not look as aesthetically pleasing. However, teeth whitening treatment can be used to restore your natural teeth if they become stained, and ensure they match your veneers.
Contact Douglas G. Hope, DDS, FAGD For A Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment!
Looking for a cosmetic dentist in Escondido, San Marcos, Valley Center, or Rancho Bernardo? Dr. Douglas G. Hope is an expert in veneers, and can give you the straight, beautiful smile you’ve been looking for. Get general dentistry in Escondido while you’re here and keep your new smile healthy! Call us today at (760) 480-8883, or come to our office in Escondido at 511 E 2nd Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 to schedule your appointment!
"Dr. Hope has been my dentist for over 7 years. I wouldn't go anywhere else. I trusted him to do significant veneer work several years ago. My smile changed and I have been very happy with the results."
“Dr. Hope and his team are a great mix. They work well together and are very aware on making sure you have as little pain as possible. My family has been going for years and wouldn't go anywhere else.”
“I've been a patient at Dr. Hope's office for almost 15 years and have referred several of my friends. The hygienists have always been super friendly and gentle. In addition to typical dental work and my regular cleanings, I did Invisalign and was very happy with the whole process. ”
“Dr. Hope and his staff are the best. I have been a patient there since he took over the practice from Dr. Chatton. I'm not sure how long but I've been seeing Dr. Hope for at least 10 years or more. He is a great dentist who is very knowledgeable and has the most up to date equipment.”
“Dr. Hope & his staff are always so welcoming and professional. They make you feel like family and they make it a point to get to know you personally. The reason I decided to give Dr. Hope my business was because I found out that he gave back to our community.”
“Dr. Hope and his wonderful Staff are just the BEST!!! Dr. Hope and his awesome assistant, George, are very attentive, compassionate, accommodating, caring, funny, but first and foremost HONEST!!!”
“Dr. Hope and his team are wonderful! He is an amazing dentist! Everyone is so nice! I am always welcomed with big smiling faces! I will refer everyone I know to his office!”
“I have been going to Dr. Hope for quite some time now, and always feel so at ease. Dr. Hope is funny and just makes you feel relaxed while there! This is a very friendly office and as long as I'm living anywhere near San Diego I will be going to this dental practice, hopefully Dr. Hope won't be retiring any time soon (he's too young)!!!”
“We always feel like family when in Dr. Hopes office. Each staff member treats us with professionalism and with the best personalized care. They have helped my sensitivity problem to be non existent with the treatments they provide.”