Completing a natural-looking smile in two dental visits with no injections or drilling may sound like an over-the-top fantasy, but at Alon Dental Care, it is a reality.
Our San Antonio family dentist, Dr. Kevin Sandefer, has over 15 years of dentistry experience, giving him the knowledge he needs to excel in the art of veneer construction.
Unlike other dentists in San Antonio, Dr. Sandefer’s philosophy with veneers is to take away the least amount of tooth structure as possible. This method of practice doesn’t leave a patient in pain while significantly improving the esthetics of their smile.
What is a Veneer?
There are two types of veneer procedures. The first option uses veneers made of thin pieces of porcelain bonded to the tooth by resin cement. The second option uses layers of composite resin bonded to the tooth by bonding resins.
Each method is used in dentistry today to achieve the smile you want and deserve. Depending on what work needs to be accomplished for your smile, different methods are used to prepare your teeth for veneers, and many factors can contribute to the decision-making process.
How Is My Tooth Prepared?
When Dr. Sandefer prepares a tooth, he only has to remove roughly ½ of a millimeter of enamel, or right around the thickness of a fingernail. By removing this sliver of enamel, the veneer will stay in line with the adjacent teeth, offering a smoother surface.
However, if Dr. Sandefer is placing veneers over several teeth to change the color, hide stains, brighten them, or change their shape to perfectly line up, then he barely has to prepare the tooth, if at all. In fact, in most instances, Dr. Sandefer doesn’t even have to inject any anesthetic.
At Alon Dental Care, We’ve Got Options
LUMINEERS™ is perhaps the most well-known brand of veneers that your local San Antonio family dentist can use. In fact, bonded composite resin and ultrathin porcelain veneers can require little to no preparation.
Porcelain veneers, while generally more expensive than LUMINEERS™, don’t stain over time or wear away as quickly as composites may. Porcelain can also be more life-like because it can be made more translucent and natural in appearance.
In some instances, however, prep work on the tooth is needed. This is usually when the tooth has to have either its color or shape changed. Because this process varies per person, the procedure is a custom job. Afterward, a minimal amount of preparation is made and a thin porcelain veneer is made by our lab and bonded into place.
Our dentist can also use composite resin as a cost-effective and timely method compared to porcelain veneers. However, composite veneers can wear down more, becoming dull with use over time and staining faster than porcelain.
An Experienced Cosmetic Dentist at Your Service
Receiving veneers is a simple procedure that can be completed all in one place, Alon Dental Care. With over 15 years of experience in dentistry, Dr. Sandefer can craft the perfect set of veneers that can bring life to your smile.
Let our staff take care of your teeth and restore that smile. Contact us at (210) 979-0707 to schedule your veneers consultation today.