Veneers
Dental Veneers

What is a dental Veneer?

A veneer procedure is a popular cosmetic procedure. Porcelain is known as one of the best materials for esthetic dental procedures, because it mimics tooth enamel very closely. Veneers are extremely thin (usually less than 0.5 mm thickness), giving them an enamel-like translucence creating a natural appearance. They are about as thick as a contact lens or a fingernail. Tooth preparation requires very little tooth alteration.

Porcelain veneers are attached to your teeth using a dental bonding glue or cement. Although veneers are very thin, once bonded to your teeth they become strong. The process is fast and conservative. First, your teeth are prepared and impressions are sent to a dental laboratory along with the design for your new smile. Veneers may be recommended along with other cosmetic procedures in order to produce optimal results.

Veneer Procedure Steps:

  1. Your teeth are cleaned so that only your natural tooth is present. Old surface restorations are removed.
  2. In some cases the tooth is etched so the veneers will adhere.
  3. An impression is taken of the tooth area where the veneers will go and sent to the lab for fabrication.
  4. When the veneers are ready, your dentist will check the fit and appearance, then permanently attach them to your teeth.
  5. After the veneer is set, it is shaped and polished to look like a natural tooth.

Veneer Procedure Benefits:

  • You can have your porcelain veneers and a beautiful new smile in just two office visits! 
  • Very little tooth alteration to your natural teeth and does not affect neighboring teeth.
  • Gap space between teeth can be closed without braces.
  • Veneers can add tooth length to worn down teeth.
  • Veneers can add tooth shape and thickness.
  • Veneers can cover broken or chipped teeth so that they look like healthy normal teeth.
  • Renew the color of discolored teeth.
  • There is no dark line at the base like you may have noticed with some dental crowns, and porcelain is stain-resistant for lasting beauty.

Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers

  • Lumineers is specific brand of porcelain veneers, which use a patented porcelain material known as Cerinate. They are even thinner than traditional veneers.
  • Lumineers require very little or no tooth reduction. They are a great choice if your teeth only need minor changes, or if they are set back slightly.
  • Traditional veneers may be a better choice if you are looking to make more dramatic changes.


Porcelain Veneers...
Giving You a BEAUTIFUL Smile

When you look at your smile, do you wonder if it could be just a little (or a lot) more attractive? We want you to know about an affordable dental procedure that can fix crooked, discolored, uneven, and unsightly teeth. The solution is porcelain veneers! Dr. Malkemus specializes in placing porcelain veneers over your existing teeth to instantly correct multiple problems at once. If you are already thinking about getting porcelain veneers or have any questions about porcelain veneers working in your specific situation, please call us at (707) 585-8595 or request an appointment through our website. We will be happy to share everything we know and see if porcelain veneers can give you the smile you have been searching for.

Placing Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are a thin, semi-transparent tooth shaped "shell" that are custom made of porcelain. They are permanently bonded to your natural teeth which are located in your "smile zone" to enhance their shape, color, length or size. Veneers can fix gaps between teeth and/or improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, misshaped or misaligned.

  1. The teeth are cleaned and any old surface restorations are removed.
  2. An impression is taken of the prepped tooth and sent to a lab where the veneer is fabricated.
  3. The veneer is applied with bonding resin and a curing light.
  4. After the veneer is set, it is shaped and polished to look like a natural tooth.
Snap-In Dentures

Implants allow you to wear full dentures and partial dentures without fear that they will slip or fall out. A "snap-in" denture is an implant supported, removable denture. The snap-in feature is available for upper or lower dentures. Having implant supported dentures allows for the base of the denture to be made much smaller and more comfortable. Implant supported dentures enhance chewing and speaking. Never again will you have to worry about your teeth falling out when you eat, laugh or speak. You will regain chewing function and enjoy some forgotten foods.

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