Porcelain Veneers

Scott Prawat, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Los Gatos, CA

Picture-perfect teeth can be a reality with porcelain veneers. This popular cosmetic dental procedure uses thin, natural-looking porcelain veneers to cover a variety of imperfections and transform your smile. Scott E. Prawat, DDS, in Los Gatos, California, is an expert in cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers. If there’s something about your teeth that you’re unhappy with, find out if dental veneers could be a good option for you by calling the office or requesting your first appointment online.

Porcelain Veneers Q&A

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a cosmetic improvement to the front of your teeth. Very thin pieces of porcelain bond permanently to the surface of your teeth, correcting issues like discoloration along with wear-and-tear.

Porcelain veneers look like natural tooth enamel, plus they’re stain resistant. Veneers are custom-made for each patient to ensure a perfect fit, color, shape, and size. The results you achieve with dental veneers look natural and beautiful.

Scott E. Prawat, DDS is highly trained in veneer design and placement and can help you find the right cosmetic improvements for your smile.

What dental issues do porcelain veneers fix?

Dr. Prawat often recommends veneers to patients who have smiles they’re unhappy with. Some of the most common concerns veneers treat include:

  • Discoloration
  • Worn enamel
  • Gaps
  • Chips and cracks
  • Broken teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Short, gummy teeth

Veneers can be applied to all of your visible teeth for a complete smile makeover. If just one tooth is discolored or misshapen, a single veneer can dramatically transform your smile.

What is getting veneers like?

Getting veneers usually takes a couple of visits to the office. On your first visit, you’ll talk with your dentist about your goals for the procedure. The dentist examines your teeth and takes X-rays and impressions.

Your teeth are prepared for veneers by removing a small amount of enamel from the front surface. Removing enamel gives the veneer a place to adhere and makes sure they sit flush in your mouth. Using details from your first appointment, a dental lab develops your personalized veneers.

Once your porcelain veneers are created, you return to the office for placement. The dentist checks the fit of each veneer individually and bonds it to your tooth. Veneers are trimmed and your bite is examined to make sure veneers fit perfectly.

The process of getting porcelain veneers is similar to that of traditional veneers, but the application typically requires less etching of natural tooth enamel. Talk to Dr. Prawat to find out what type of veneers might be right for you.

Dental veneers are a permanent treatment that you can expect to last 7-10 years with proper care. Simply brush and floss twice a day and visit the dentist for regular cleanings to keep your mouth healthy and your veneers looking great.

To improve the look of one tooth or transform your whole smile, consider dental veneers. To find out what veneers could do for you, talk to the team at Scott E. Prawat, DDS. Call or click for your first appointment.