Am I an Ideal Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?


There are several people that avoid smiling in public and even in general due to having a less than perfect smile. For some people with less than perfect smiles, smiling can be a downright painful experience, both emotionally and physically.

However, thanks to the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are treatments that can enhance your smile. One of the many options cosmetic dentistry offers are porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over your natural teeth to conceal imperfections. This dental procedure is considered quite popular when it comes to improving your smile, as the results are extremely natural looking.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneers don’t discolor overtime
  • Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant to classic stains
  • Porcelain veneers color, shape and size are customizable
  • Porcelain veneers are quite durable
  • Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years or a lifetime
  • Porcelain veneers produce a natural-looking appearance
  • Porcelain veneers produce dramatic and fast results

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneer color cannot be changed once placed
  • Porcelain veneers require the natural tooth to be slightly altered
  • If porcelain veneers break, the whole veneer must be replaced
  • Porcelain veneers are pricey, ranging around $1,000 per tooth

Am I an Ideal Candidate?

Porcelain veneers can correct a myriad of cosmetic dentistry problems. If you have dental problems such as chipped, decayed, discolored or poorly shaped teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can also be beneficial in situations where you have a slight gap, as well as minor crowding or a mild misalignment. Unfortunately, if you have gum disease, severe tooth decay or cracked teeth, it would make you an unlikely candidate for porcelain veneers. You should have any dental problems treated beforehand to increase your chances of being an ideal candidate.

If you end up being a good candidate for porcelain veneers, be sure to involve yourself in the smile design process. Let your cosmetic dentist know what your likes and dislikes are about your smile, and what you’d like to see in your new smile.

If you’d like to see if you’d be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit for additional information regarding porcelain veneers.

How Porcelain Veneers Can Make Your Teeth Beautiful

478243911If you have less than perfect teeth, like your teeth are either discolored, chipped or misshapen or all of the three, veneers are a great way to give you a smile that you won’t be ashamed of flashing to anyone you come across.

What Is A Veneer?

A dental veneer is composed of thin custom-made shells of either porcelain or composite resin that’s fit over teeth. They are a cosmetic dental product that’s used to mask tooth imperfections, all the while giving teeth a natural and attractive tooth.

Aside from discolored, chipped or misshapen teeth, veneers can also be used to fix and improve worn down and uneven teeth, as well as uneven spaces or gaps in between them.

Why Veneers?

Of course, the best thing about veneers is that they give you the best-looking teeth that you could possibly have. However, apart from aesthetics, one good thing about veneers is that there’s very little tooth structure lost during the process. The procedure also requires the use of little to no anesthesia, which decreases the chances of complications from the use of anesthesia.

Dental veneers also use materials that are resistant to all sorts of stains, such as coffee, tea and other highly pigmented foods that real teeth aren’t naturally resistant to.

Why Porcelain Veneers?

There are two types of materials commonly used in dental veneers – composite resin and porcelain.

Of the two, porcelain veneers are considered better, namely because of the following reasons:

  • Durability. Although very thin and brittle, porcelain veneers are actually very strong and durable once they’re bonded to the teeth. They can last for years and even decades if they’re taken care of properly by practicing good oral hygiene at home and avoiding chewing or cracking hard objects, such as ice, bottle caps and so on.
  • Appearance. The translucent properties of porcelain allow porcelain veneers to look as natural as possible.
  • Stain-resistant. Porcelain, as a material, is an impervious ceramic and is also quite smooth. Also, the material will not pick up permanent stains from highly pigmented drinks and food, cigarettes, tobacco, coffee and so on.

Although a very effective means of improving the appearance of one’s teeth, porcelain veneers aren’t perfect. For starters, the process of removing a tiny bit of tooth enamel to make space for porcelain veneers is irreversible. Also, once cemented, the color can no longer be changed, which means you’ll have to constantly take care of your teeth so that your natural teeth don’t stain too much and make the veneers stand out. Lastly, if you manage to break the veneers, your only option is to have them replaced.

Even if your teeth aren’t in that bad of a shape, you may still find that porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile and boost your confidence, as well as self-esteem even further.

If you’re interested, discuss porcelain veneers with your dentist and ask if you’re a good candidate. Be sure to let your dentist know what you want to see in your new and improved smile. Who knows, if you’re lucky enough, your dentist may be able to give you an early preview of what your future smile looks like!

If you’re ready to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit for additional information regarding veneers.

How Porcelain Veneers Can Change Your Smile

close up smile red lipstickPeople with bright and shiny smiles aren’t afraid to show them off. Though, the same can’t be said for those with discolored or crooked teeth, as well as those whose teeth have chips, cracks and other aesthetic problems.

The good thing, though, is that there are various treatment options available for those with less than perfect smiles, with porcelain dental veneers chief among them.

What Is a Porcelain Veneer?

Porcelain veneers are strong, thin pieces of porcelain that’s shaped to fit over the front teeth. They’re made with aesthetics in mind, with both their color and shape matching that of the patient’s teeth. However, even so, they are very durable and are known to last for decades, if cared for properly.

While considered better in many ways compared to crowns and dental bonding, the one drawback about porcelain veneers is that dentists will have to remove around one millimeter of enamel from each tooth’s surface to prepare the teeth for veneers. It’s worth noting that this process is irreversible and permanent.

Once the teeth have been prepared, the dentist then takes an impression of the insides of the patient’s mouth. The dentist then sends the mold to a dental laboratory where a dental technician will make the veneers according to the specifications of the mold.

When ready, the dentists then bond the veneers to the teeth using a special cement. The veneers are then polished for good measure.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Aside from significantly improving your smile and making you feel much more confident about yourself, the best thing about porcelain veneers is that very little tooth structure is lost. True, the process or removing a millimeter of tooth enamel is irreversible. However, that’s small compared to how much tooth structure is lost and affected in other dental procedures. Also, the materials used to make porcelain veneers are much more resistant to staining.

Veneers, however, are not perfect. While strong and very durable, they can be damaged if you regularly chew on hard objects. This is bad news for those who like to chew on ice or bite their fingernails, as well as those who are suffering from bruxism, or those who habitually grind or clench their teeth, especially when asleep.

It’s also important to keep in mind that creating porcelain veneers regularly takes time, so expect around two visits or more and at least a week before they can be applied.

Proper Care and Maintenance

Taking care of porcelain veneers is really simple. You just have to treat them as you would your original teeth, which means that brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing is highly recommended. Though, it may be necessary to switch to a soft-bristles toothbrush and use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste.

If you suffer from bruxism, or if you habitually grind or clench your teeth, you may want to ask your dentist to fit you with a night guard so as you do not damage your veneers while you sleep. Also, on another note, you may want to have your bruxism checked by a specialist to see what its underlying cause may be.

Most important of all, you may want to start making a habit of visiting your dentist more often for professional cleanings and checkups. This not only benefits your oral health in general, but also your dentist will have to use a specially formulated non-abrasive paste to keep your veneers from looking dull.

If you’re interested in enhancing your smile with the help of porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. For additional information regarding porcelain veneers visit