San Diego Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Reliable, Fast and Beautiful

Unlike a full crown which covers the entire tooth, a porcelain veneer is a thin shell placed over the front visible area of the tooth. Veneer application is a simple and comfortable procedure, typically completed in two to three visits. Porcelain veneers are a popular treatment option for discolored, poorly shaped, or slightly crooked teeth. They are used to correct uneven spaces or gaps between the teeth.

Crowns Vs. Veneers

Veneers are processed by the dental laboratory, after the teeth are minimally prepared by a dentist. Removing a small amount of enamel will allow for an adequate bulk of porcelain to be directly bonded to your teeth. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the entire tooth . . . to restore its shape, strength, and improve your smile. . . Crowns & veneers can both make your smile beautiful; however, the differences between these two products is vast.

  • Smile Design
  • Preparation
  • Impression
  • Laboratory
  • Bonding
  • Details

Porcelain Veneers or Porcelain Crowns?


Those that are caught clenching or grinding their teeth throughout the day and at night are typically not indicated for veneers. Recall that veneers involve a thin layer of porcelain & a patient who grinds is more likely to fracture veneer then a crown.

High Carious Activity

Those that have a lot of decay & cavities that are typically indicated for crowns over veneers. Veneers often require minimal preparation. If the preparation becomes larger, a crown is better indicated.

Eroded Teeth

Veneers require a layer of enamel in order to properly bond to your teeth. If there is a lack of adequate enamel a veneer will be unable to achieve a strong bond to the tooth. Some teeth have more enamel then others which will determine whether a crown or veneer is placed.

Malpositioned Teeth

If the teeth are rotated in an unfavorable manner, the placement of crowns is typically better indicated then veneers. Placement of veneers can be done when minimal tooth repositioning needs to be accomplished.


If the dentist needs to correct how your teeth come together, crowns provide more adequate treatment then veneers. Occlusion should be stable for if placing a veneer.

Porcelain Veneers FAQs

  1. What are the Main Advantages of Porcelain Veneers?

The main advantage would be that porcelain veneers closely mimic natural teeth while maintaining a conservative preparation. It can truly brighten your smile & it resists staining from a variety of factors including coffee & wine.

  1. What are the main disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers?

The preparation is Irreversible & requires a minimal reduction from the facial surface of your teeth. Further, the veneers are typically more expensive then other dental alternatives such as composite resin. Finally, depending on your dental anatomy, veneer do have the ability to dislodge.

  1. Can my teeth still decay after the Dental Veneers are placed?

Yes, veneers can still decay at the margins where the porcelain is placed. The same oral hygeine regimen should be followed including flossing & brushing 2x a day for 2 minutes a day in the morning and at night

  1. How much do Dental Veneers cost?

Typically, veneers can cost anywhere between $800 – $2500 dollars per tooth. The price is dependent upon your unique dental anatomy & extent of care needed.

  1. What other Dental Materials are available on the market?

There are a variety of dental materials on the market including but not limited to composite resin, porcelain fused to metal crown, Full porcelain crowns & much more. I have provided a link to another video made indicating the differences between crowns & veneers. I plan on making more of these videos to describe dental materials.As always, A consultation with your local dentist will provide you with the best information regarding veneers

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