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Dental veneers in West Hills, CA can make your dream smile a reality

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you are not alone. Despite what magazine covers and movies portray, natural teeth are rarely perfect. Thankfully, modern cosmetic dentistry offers a wide variety of options to transform your smile. One of the most conservative and versatile cosmetic procedures is dental veneers, which are available right here at Royal Dental Practice in West Hills, CA.

What are veneers?

A dental veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain or composite material, which is bonded to the visible tooth surface. Since the underlying tooth is hidden beneath the veneer, it can correct nearly any imaginable cosmetic concern. However, because veneers are so thin, the procedure requires little if any alteration to the tooth structure.

Dental veneers may be used to:

  • Change the color of naturally dark teeth
  • Cover stains or dark inclusions that do not respond to whitening
  • Improve the size or shape of teeth
  • Create uniformity and symmetry in an uneven smile
  • Close gaps between widely spaced teeth
  • Improve the appearance of teeth that are slightly crooked or rotated
  • Help you feel great about your smile

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain is a naturally white ceramic material, which is colored to match your teeth. The veneers are created by a dental laboratory, which can take a couple of weeks. It will take at least two visits to complete the procedure. The first appointment is for tooth preparation and impressions. When your new veneers are ready, you will return for a second appointment to have them placed.

Porcelain is extremely hard, durable, and wear resistant. You can expect porcelain veneers to look just as good years later as they do the day that they are placed. On average, porcelain veneers are expected to last at least ten years, though they can last much longer with good oral health.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are made from tooth-colored resin, the same material that is used in cosmetic fillings and dental bonding. There are two options. For direct composite veneers, the resin is applied to your teeth and then hardened. Indirect composite veneers are made in a dental laboratory and then adhered to your teeth.

Direct composites only require one appointment, making them more convenient than porcelain. Both types of composites are more economical than porcelain, making this a good option for individuals on a tight budget. On average, composite veneers are expected to last at least five years, often longer.

Are you ready to transform your smile?

If you are considering porcelain or composite dental veneers, call Royal Dental Practice at (818) 334-6655 and schedule a consultation.