Los Angeles dentist debunks four myths about porcelain dental veneer treatment


Dr. Mungcal of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA, offers treatment with porcelain dental veneers.
You yearn for a dazzling Hollywood smile and Dr. Mungcal can help you achieve it.

There’s the gap between your upper front teeth…and the chipped incisor to the right of them. How about that yellowish coffee discoloration that’s crept across your once pearly whites?

You’ve read about the wonders of porcelain dental veneers treatment, and you know it’s available in your Los Angeles neighborhood. But, you’ve also researched some internet threads that have you wondering if porcelain veneers will harm your teeth in the long run; if they’ll last; if they’ll look natural; and if you can afford them. Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental, voted Best Dentist in Downtown in Los Angeles Downtown News for four years in a row, stands ready to help you sort out fact from fiction.

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Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells formed from strong ceramic materials that are designed to mimic actual tooth enamel. Veneers are custom-fit for each patient and bonded to the natural teeth. They’re one of the most popular treatments for correcting a wide variety of dental issues, rectifying everything from a single chipped tooth to an entire row of small, misshapen, or gapped teeth. In some instances of minor tooth misalignment, veneers can serve as an alternative to braces. They are also the perfect cover for stained or discolored teeth.

Myth #1: The veneer application process will ruin my natural teeth

Veneers will not ruin your natural teeth if preparation and application are handled by an experienced cosmetic dentist trained in the latest procedures, and if the veneers are crafted in a qualified lab.

There are several steps involved in placing veneers.

  • First your dentist determines if you are a good candidate. Patients with poor oral hygiene or gum disease or those who grind their teeth may not be well-suited to veneers.
  • If veneers are right for you, the next step is to make an impression of your mouth so that the veneers can be precisely customized to fit together well and work with your natural teeth. You are fitted with a “mock-up” of your new smile to see if you are happy with the look and feel.
  • If you decide to move forward, your teeth are prepared for application by lightly removing a bit of natural enamel, so the veneers will fit well and feel natural.
  • You’re sent home with your temporary “trial smile” to wear for a week or two until your veneers return from the lab. You will go back for one more visit to have the mock-up removed and the new veneers bonded to your teeth.

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Patients worry that removal of some of the natural enamel will permanently ruin their teeth. However, the amount of enamel removed is usually thinner than a fingernail. That’s about half a millimeter. It is true that some patients experience tooth sensitivity after the procedure. That’s why it is so important to choose an experienced cosmetic dentist to prepare your teeth for veneers.

Myth #2: Veneers can look unnatural

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Again, it’s all about the expertise of the professional who treats you. In the hands of an inexperienced dentist, veneers can indeed fit poorly, looking and feeling “thick.” Choose a cosmetic dentist who has the artistic eye as well as the dental skill to craft a smile that suits you as an individual. Such physicians are intent on matching the size, shape, and color of your veneers with the rest of your natural teeth.

Myth #3: Veneers don’t last

For most patients, veneers last 10 to 15 years. Remember…veneers exist because natural teeth chip, crack, and become discolored.

Myth #4: I can’t afford veneers

Veneers aren’t cheap. But they are an incredibly good dental investment. They can often treat several cosmetic issues in one fell swoop, correcting mild misalignment, protecting a fractured tooth, and whitening your smile all at the same time. Veneers are often less expensive than crowns.

Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist about payment plans or financing options; most offer them.

If you’re on the fence about treatment with veneers, make an appointment today to talk with Dr. Don Mungcal at Downtown Dental. He and his staff are committed to making you smile! You can reach him at (213) 863-9464.

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