What are Porcelain Veneers?
Dental porcelain veneers are very thin, custom-made, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front and biting edges of teeth to create a beautiful, natural smile.
Porcelain veneers are a dream come true for people who have been in despair about their smile. Dr. Briscoe often sees patients who come to him to find out what can be done to correct a smile that has lost its luster over the years. Others come to him because they feel they have lost the competitive edge in their career due to cosmetic flaws in their smile. They are universally delighted to learn how effective porcelain veneers are in eliminating an embarrassing facial feature and replacing it with an engaging and brilliant smile.
Porcelain veneers in San Diego are popular because they boost self esteem and confidence. This is particularly important to those who rely on a warm friendly and engaging smile in their career. If you are considering a Smile Makeover, then you should be sure to ask La Jolla Veneers Dentist - Dr. Briscoe - about the benefits of getting porcelain veneers.
What to Expect
Porcelain veneers is a very straightforward procedure, yet so many patients come to Dr. Briscoe because their previous veneers are showing their age, or worse, they do not look like they belong to the patient. As a leading veneers dentist in San Diego, Dr. Briscoe routinely gives these patients the smile they were hoping to achieve with veneers. Patients leaving his office have a smile that fits their face.
The process begins with a visit to our La Jolla Dental Care office where the patient’s vision for their smile is discussed. Many patients take the opportunity to correct other dental flaws or gum disease before porcelain veneers are placed and if this is needed, Dr. Briscoe will incorporate this into the plan.
Impressions are taken of the teeth allowing Dr. Briscoe to create a model which shows the patient in three dimensions exactly how they will look. His attention to details such as this, added to his artistic perception is what sets him apart from any other veneers dentist in San Diego. While photos go a long way in helping patients see what the result of their smile makeover will be, this modeling technique clearly reflects the final result.
During the next appointment, the temporary veneers are placed and then patients spend a week or so deciding if this new smile is meeting expectations. If not, the veneers are adjusted until the patient is completely happy. The permanent veneers are then bonded into place and the process is done.
There is virtually no recovery time with porcelain veneers and many people report that they look ten to fifteen years younger. Porcelain veneers are as strong and durable as natural teeth and can strengthen and align the bite making them not only cosmetically beautiful, but functionally stronger. Dr. Briscoe has placed thousands of porcelain veneers in his San Diego office and is a top cosmetic dentist fully up to date on all the latest advances in this life changing procedure.
Porcelain Veneer Results
Mature businessman who desired to upgrade his mouth and attain a more youthful smile. We began by restoring his upper front teeth with porcelain veneers and all porcelain crowns on his back teeth. Later, we completed his smile makeover by restoring his lower teeth with all porcelain crowns and veneers. He now sports a big, handsome smile and absolutely loves his new dental veneers from San Diego dentist Dr. Briscoe.
Young grandmother who desired to open her bite so as not to close down so far. We created crowns and dental porcelain veneers on all her teeth, lengthening them in the process. The result, a whiter, brighter, fuller smile and fewer wrinkles at the corners of the mouth.
Attractive homemaker who wanted a Smile Makeover to close the space between her teeth and permanently whiten her smile. We created crowns and dental porcelain veneers on all her teeth, placed ten porcelain veneers on the top teeth to close the space, brighten her smile, and broaden the smile.
Local traveler and adventurer who wanted to upgrade her smile. Her old porcelain veneers were in need of updating. We replaced the original four veneers and added more veneers to broaden the smile with beautiful white porcelain veneers at our San Diego dental office. Results: an updated look.
Retired educator who had thinning, worn front teeth from years of attrition and erosion. We created four porcelain veneers in a very natural appearing shade to complement her existing teeth.
Attractive socialite who wanted a whiter smile.
Young-at-heart homemaker who wanted a younger smile.
Attractive community activist who wanted to upgrade her smile with new veneers and porcelain crowns.
Beautiful business woman who wanted a brighter, whiter smile.
Gorgeous La Jolla socialite who had veneers years ago but now wanted a more updated look.
Retired professional who desired a more youthful and brighter smile.
Why Choose Dr. Briscoe for Your Porcelain Veneers?
Dr. Charles Briscoe has been crafting and placing porcelain veneers for more than 30 years, and with his advanced training in cosmetic procedures is renowned as the best cosmetic dentists in the area. In just one short week, using porcelain veneers, Dr. Briscoe can give you a smile that is straight, white and perfectly fitted to your facial features.
Chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth can take a toll on self-confidence and therefore success in business and personal relationships. As one of the top veneers dentists San Diego has available, Dr. Briscoe takes great pride in helping people from all walks of life restore the true beauty of their teeth, giving them back their confidence and a reason to smile.
He not only has the decades of experience to provide the perfect size, shape, and color of veneer but can do this in a fraction of the time it takes others to create similar custom veneers. The before and after photos of his many happy patients below clearly demonstrate why men and women of all ages come to him for the best porcelain veneers San Diego has available.
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith was recently recognized as the #1 leadership thinker in the world at the bi-annual Thinkers50 ceremony sponsored by the Harvard Business Review.
Because he is a best-selling author and a public figure, Marshall’s picture is everywhere. He wanted a great smile and feels that Dr. Briscoe gave him just the right look – and we agree.
Marshall describes his experience with Dr. Briscoe with great praise
"I am the author of three Wall Street Journal best sellers, and my clients are CEOs or could-be CEOs of huge companies. Often huge pictures of my face are posted wherever I am speaking, so my smile and how it looks is very important.
"I'd like to give my highest recommendation to Dr. Briscoe’s office. They are very sensitive people, they are always positive and upbeat, they are cognizant of patient concerns and how the patient feels during the process, and most important for me, they do a great job!"Marshall Goldsmith
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
As a top veneers dentist in San Diego, Dr. Briscoe's expertise with porcelain veneers makes it possible for him to create Smile Makeovers rapidly, for patients of all ages. Here are some of the benefits his patients have found with their veneers:
- Spaces between teeth have been closed.
- Teeth are lengthened to a desired length.
- Teeth can be repositioned to a more desirable position.
- Teeth that are worn or chipped or badly formed at birth are reshaped.
- Smiles are rejuvenated by permanently whitening teeth that were severely discolored or stained.
- Teeth that have been weakened over the years by wear are strengthened. Studies show that worn teeth can be strengthened by 95% of their original strength using porcelain laminate veneers.
- Dental porcelain veneers are fast and predictable. Two visits will give you beautiful, functional, and healthy results.
- Today's improved porcelain and dental bonding materials allow little or no reduction of the tooth structure.
- The emotional lift is enormous for a patient going from a dark, dingy, aged smile to a lighter, brighter, more youthful smile.
- Patients uniformly report improved self-esteem and self-confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a candidate for porcelain veneers. Any tooth decay, gum disease or gum infection, such as that requiring a root canal procedure, would have to be handled before being fitted for porcelain veneers. Also, if you habitually grind your teeth or clench your jaw, you would not be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. This is because, despite their excellent strength and durability, the constant force of grinding or clenching may, eventually, cause them to be damaged.
During your consultation for porcelain veneers in La Jolla, Dr. Briscoe will determine your suitability for this treatment. If he feels that you are not a candidate for porcelain veneers, he will recommend alternative treatments, based on his years of experience. There are many, state of-the-art procedures available now in the field of dentistry and, no matter what your situation or problem, he has a solution.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Occasionally, they may have to be replaced, but porcelain veneers are considered a long-lasting restoration. Their longevity is, in part, dependent on your general oral care and whether you are someone who frequently eats hard candies or other harder foods that may put undue pressure on them over the years. Grinding teeth or mouth injuries can also damage the veneers.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers can vary, from patient to patient, but are typically several hundred dollars per tooth. Some of the factors that affect the cost are the materials and the type of procedure that will be used.
Dr. Briscoe will discuss both of these factors with you during your consultation and prepare an estimate for your treatment program.
What, If Any, Preparation of My Existing Teeth Is Required for Porcelain Veneers?
Dr. Briscoe will have to remove a thin layer of the existing tooth structure before adhering the porcelain veneer. This is done so that there is enough room in the mouth for the veneer to fit, without pushing out the lips, causing discomfort, or otherwise changing the shape of the mouth. It also helps the veneer adhere to the enamel. You need to have adequate enamel on the teeth being treated – which most people have.
What Is the Difference between a Veneer and a Crown?
At its most basic, the difference is how much of the tooth is covered. A crown may be used when there is severe damage from a large cavity, and the health or longevity of a tooth is threatened, and the tooth requires support.
A veneer is a thin film of porcelain that covers only the front of the tooth. A crown, also called a “dental cap,” completely caps or covers an entire tooth. A veneer will also strength the tooth to which it is adhered, but the tooth must be healthy to begin with. A veneer does not fill a cavity.
Will My Veneers Look Natural?
The final result of getting veneers is based upon the skill and artistry of your cosmetic dentist. At La Jolla Dental Care, we are proud to be the premier cosmetic dentistry center in the area, and to be known for our ability to create truly beautiful smiles, with veneers or any of our other treatments.
How do you know if porcelain veneers are right for you?
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for veneers is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Briscoe. In a consultation, you can ask all of your questions, and find out how we can provide you with the best porcelain veneers San Diego has to offer.