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Porcelain Veneers

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What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are custom shells of porcelain that can be hand made to improve the appearance or strengthen any tooth in your smile. They are usually placed on the front of your teeth in order to change their color, shape, position, and size. Dr. Bartolome and Dr. Swearingen will work with you and lab technicians to determine the best color, shape, and translucency of the porcelain veneers for your mouth. Porcelain veneers look very natural because they reflect light much like your own teeth. They are also very durable and stain resistant. They are a wonderful option for people who want a straighter, brighter smile that is free of irregularities. This amazing change can usually be done without orthodontic braces and can be completed within a few short weeks.

What do porcelain veneers correct?

Porcelain veneers are used to correct many different problems. Dr. Bartolome and Dr. Swearingen use porcelain veneers to correct spaces between teeth, crowding, chipped or cracked teeth, worn teeth, and discolored teeth. They can also be used to lengthen or shorten teeth as well as widen narrow smiles. People with "gummy smiles" can also be helped when porcelain veneers are used in conjunction with gum therapy. Porcelain veneers provide a cosmetic dentistry option that can be used to give you the smile that you have always wanted in usually just two treatment visits with Dr. Bartolome and Dr. Swearingen.

How do I get porcelain veneers?

Dr. Bartolome and Dr. Swearingen will work with you and a lab technician in order to create custom porcelain veneers that are the perfect size, shape, color, and translucency for you and the smile you've always wanted. In order for the porcelain veneers to look good and fit correctly in your mouth, a small amount of enamel must be removed, and your gums may need to be contoured with a painless tissue laser so that there is a perfect match between the shape of your gums and the shape of your new porcelain veneers. Dr. Bartolome and Dr. Swearingen will then make impressions of your teeth and create master models so that the dental lab can create the custom porcelain veneers that will fit perfectly over your teeth.

He will give you temporary veneers until the custom porcelain veneers arrive from the lab. Most people are amazed with the transformation that their temporaries provide and are even more excited when they get their permanent porcelain veneers.

The new porcelain veneers will be laser bonded to your teeth so that you can have the exquisite, natural looking smile that you have always wanted. After a few short days of adjusting to the look and feel of your new porcelain veneers, they will soon feel just like your own teeth.

What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are an exciting cosmetic dentistry option that provide better results than the minor repairs tooth bonding provides and do not require the amount of time or commitment that is associated with braces. Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant and the color of the porcelain can be selected so that darker teeth will appear whiter. Porcelain veneers give the appearance of natural teeth and are very compatible with gum tissue.

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers or any of our other cosmetic dentistry options, please contact Dr. Bartolome and Dr. Swearingen in Sacramento, California today to schedule your initial consultation.

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Michelle C. Bartolome D.M.D. William H. Swearingen D.D.S.


Cosmetic and General Dentistry
7916 Pebble Beach Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95610