At Downtown Dental, patients often ask their dental team about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. Our practice has a variety of options available to individuals in the Los Angeles area who are ready to enhance their smile and disguise imperfections which may be affecting the overall appearance of their teeth. This may include teeth that are:
When these concerns are present, many patients may be advised to consider the advantages of dental veneers.
Veneers are facings that are fabricated from porcelain. These restorations are bonded onto the front of teeth after they have been prepared with the removal of a thin portion of enamel. They cover the problem and provide a more beautiful appearance to the natural tooth. These restorations are known for lasting many years before replacement is necessary, and they provide a solution that is effective and attractive.
Fortunately, many of our patients find porcelain veneers to be affordable. Veneers are often not covered by dental insurance as they are considered an elective treatment. However, our practice offers financing options to help patients obtain the treatments they desire without having to break the bank. Speaking to Dr. Don Mungcal and his team is the initial step required in deciding if dental veneers are right for you.
Any patient with a healthy smile and imperfections they desire to cover near the front of the mouth may be considered for the placement of porcelain veneers. To determine this, patients are urged to schedule a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with our team to assess their needs and discuss this or other alternatives. Some patients may find that a solution such as composite resin bonding may be a viable option as well, depending on their specific needs and desires.
First, patients speak with their dental team to determine if they can benefit from the placement of veneers. This assessment starts with Dr. Don Mungcal. Once patients learn about these restorations and decide they are the best option for their smiles, they can begin the preparations. Preparation requires that a thin portion of natural enamel is filed down before impressions are taken. These impressions are used to fabricate the porcelain veneers, so they fit over the tooth. Porcelain veneers are completed in-house, so they are done within 20 minutes or less. Patients then have the restorations bonded in place during the same appointment.
Veneers are to be cared for just like natural teeth. Patients should brush and floss their teeth as normal, as well as maintain their recall appointments with Dr. Don Mungcal. The placement of a veneer over a tooth does not protect it from periodontal disease and decay, so patients need to maintain regular dental checkups. This may require routine x-rays. Additionally, if patients experience breakage, they need to speak to the team at Downtown Dental about getting their restorations replaced. This is necessary to maintain the results. We encourage patients to see their dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and examination to monitor the health of their smile and address any issues that may arise.
Dr. Don Mungcal and his staff are here to assist patients with a variety of cosmetic procedures that can be used to achieve a more attractive smile. If you are ready to rejuvenate your look in an affordable and effective way, contact Downtown Dental. Our practice, located at 255 South Grand Avenue, Suite #204, is equipped with the latest technology and our team is experienced in the techniques that can be used to address imperfections of the smile. Call [phone_no] today to schedule an appointment with our team and discuss this and many other options available!
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