Dental Veneers In The San Jose Bay Area
Dr. Walker has worked with veneers for over 35 years.
Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, spacing, and chips or cracks. Dental veneers fall into the category of non-invasive restorative dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth; there is also no need for surgery of any kind. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today’s veneers provides a more natural look than what has been available in the past. The two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer are composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.
Dental Veneers, An Alternative To Crowns
In the past, the only way to correct dental imperfections was to cover the tooth with a crown. Today, in most cases there are several alternatives: crown, composite resin bonding or porcelain veneer or even restorative contouring or orthodontics. Non-permanent dental veneers are available. These dental veneers are molded to existing teeth and are removable and reusable and are made from a flexible resin material.