Veneers act as covers for the teeth. Because they’re made from porcelain, they closely mimic the look of natural tooth enamel. Veneers are shaped to exactly match the tooth they cover to ensure a natural look. Veneers are used to conceal problems like cracked teeth, chipped teeth, and discolored teeth. Veneers can also be used to change the appearance of the tooth, making it larger or improving its shape. In some cases, veneers are even able to cover gaps in the front teeth. Veneers are affixed to the teeth with dental cement. To make sure they’re fixed firmly into place for the long term, a very small amount of tooth enamel is usually removed before a veneer is placed on the tooth.
The teeth will be examined first to see if there are any pre-existing conditions. After the exam, a treatment plan will be created with your specific needs in mind. The color of your teeth is considered so the veneers can be made to match the color as close as possible to your natural teeth. Next, an impression of your teeth is made and from this your veneers will be created. You’ll be given a temporary veneer to wear while you await the completion of your permanent veneers. The teeth will be cleaned before the permanent veneer is fixed on the teeth using a special curing light.
Veneers are subject to normal wear and tear, just as the natural teeth are. However, with good care there’s no reason that veneers can't last for 10-20 years in most people. People who have veneers should be careful to use non-abrasive toothpaste and should floss cautiously to avoid dislodging the restoration. Patients who have veneers will normally have regular check-ups of their restorations at the same time that they have their regular dental exams and cleanings.
At Beverly Hills Specialty Dental Care, we accept most PPOs, select HMO plans for root canal treatment, as well as UC Ship. UC Ship is a system wide plan that provides health benefits to all enrolled students. Here is a list of insurances that we take for PPO plans. Please contact our office for a full list or with any insurance questions.
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