Dr. Claire Cho
Porcelain Veneers - Aliso Viejo, CA

Transform Your Smile
without Braces or Surgery

Porcelain veneers hide imperfections for a dazzling smile in Aliso Viejo, CA

Permanently stained teeth, crooked teeth, and other cosmetic issues may be preventing you from feeling your best about your smile. Historically, invasive or time-consuming treatments such as surgery and braces were the only ways to treat these issues, but thanks to modern dental technologies, you can completely transform your smile in just a couple of visits with porcelain veneers. Dr. Claire Cho uses this versatile treatment to help patients achieve stunning smiles in a short amount of time.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that are custom-designed, shaped, and shaded before they are bonded onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are a highly customized treatment that can be used to hide a wide variety of imperfections. Patients choose veneers for:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Permanent stains or discolorations that are unresponsive to whitening
  • Small teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Small chips or cracks
  • Uneven wear and tear
  • Worn-down enamel

Determining whether veneers are right for you

The first step in transforming your smile with veneers is to visit Dr. Cho for an in-depth consultation. She will evaluate your smile and talk with you about your goals to help you determine whether porcelain veneers are the right choice for your individual needs and preferences. Most patients are good candidates for veneers, but if you smoke or have teeth that have been weakened due to decay or injury, another type of treatment may be a better option. Additionally, patients with active oral health issues such as periodontal disease, tooth loss, or decay typically need to have these issues treated before undergoing veneer placement, and in some cases, severely crooked or gapped teeth may require orthodontic treatment. 

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Patients of all types may wish to fix teeth with porcelain veneers and benefit from the placement of porcelain veneers. However, those who smoke or have weak teeth may not be candidates. Additionally, those who have periodontal disease, decay, missing teeth, or who need major orthodontic work may require additional treatments prior to having veneers placed. The removal of any natural tooth structure, including enamel, is permanent. Thus, your doctor may suggest that you seek alternative forms of treatment rather than fix teeth with veneers if your teeth are still functionally and aesthetically adequate. Common reasons people choose veneers include:

  • Worn enamel
  • Wear and tear
  • Uneven teeth
  • Permanent stains
  • Teeth dissimilar in color or contour
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The process for placing porcelain veneers

Placing porcelain veneers typically takes three visits to our office. After the initial consultation discussed above, you will come in to have your teeth prepared for veneer placement. We remove a minor amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth (about 0.5 mm) so that the veneer will not be too bulky once it is placed over the top of your tooth surface. Then, we take dental impressions of your teeth so that your veneers can be custom-fabricated to our precise specifications at one of our partner laboratories. Then, about two to three weeks later when your permanent veneers are ready, we will try them on, adjusting the shape and fit as needed before placing them on to your teeth with a strong bonding agent. Once your treatment is complete, you are free to enjoy your dazzling new smile!

To learn more about dental veneers and whether you are a good candidate, call Claire Cho DDS today at (949) 541-2529.

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How Do I Care for My Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers act much like your natural teeth. However, you must take care to not abuse the veneers, as they can be broken or damaged. We suggest that you avoid biting into foods that are hard or firm with your veneered teeth to minimize shock to the veneers. You may also be asked to wear a night guard to protect your teeth if you grind your teeth in your sleep. Continuing to follow good oral hygiene procedures will also help to lengthen the lifespan of your veneers. Continue to brush and floss twice daily, and maintain regular dental visits at our Aliso Viejo, CA office for cleanings and exam. By following these instructions, will find that your porcelain veneers can last for many years!

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