South Bay Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists & Restorative Cosmetic Dentist located in Torrance, CA

If cosmetic defects in your teeth, or even a chipped or broken tooth are preventing you from fully loving your smile, you should consider getting veneers. MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team at South Bay Prosthodontics provide high-quality and natural-looking veneers to give their patients smiles that they’re proud of to share with the world. To learn more, schedule a consultation today at their clinic in Torrance, California, by calling the office.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin, porcelain or composite coverings permanently affixed to the front side of your teeth, where they effectively cover up cosmetic or functional imperfections in your smile.

Veneers can dramatically improve your smile with a procedure that’s quick, easy, and minimally invasive, making them one of dentistry’s most popular cosmetic and restorative procedures.

What do veneers do?

Veneers permanently cover the front-facing portion of your teeth, masking a wide range of cosmetic concerns and minor dental imperfections, including: 

  • Chipped, cracked, or worn teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Smiles with large gaps
  • Discolored teeth that haven't responded to professional whitening treatments

What are the benefits of veneers?

In addition to being a safe and minimally invasive way to instantly improve your smile, veneers have a number of benefits, like: 

  • Stain-resistance (porcelain)
  • Not irritating to your gums
  • Easy to keep clean

Simply put, veneers are a great way to get the bright and beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. 

What’s the difference between porcelain and resin/composite veneers?

Two of the more popular materials for veneers are porcelain and composite/resin.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers tend to last longer and have a more natural-looking appearance, but they’re made in a dental laboratory, meaning you have to wait a few weeks with temporary veneers while your permanent ones are being fabricated.

Composite/resin veneers

Composite/resin veneers are made from tooth-colored plastics that are polymerized when exposed to light. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite/resin veneers can be made chairside in a single visit, but they tend to eventually darken or stain and generally don’t last as long.

What’s the process of getting veneers?

Enhancing your smile with top-quality veneers only takes a few visits to South Bay Prosthodontics.

During your first visit, you and your dentist discuss your ideal smile and select a size and color for your veneers to best compliment your facial features.

Next, your dentist prepares the front-facing side of your teeth. This makes room in your mouth for the veneers to fit seamlessly and comfortably in your smile. 

Once your teeth are prepared, they make an impression of your mouth and send it off to a lab that fabricates your veneers. You wear a set of temporary veneers while you wait for your permanent restorations to come back from the lab.

When your permanent veneers are ready, you come back to South Bay Prosthodontics. Your dentist checks the size, shape, and fit to ensure their perfection, and then bonds them to your teeth with dental cement.

Get your dream smile today by booking a consultation with the experts at South Bay Prosthodontics. You can schedule your visit by phone.