What are porcelain veneers? Cosmetic Dentist Robert Soto DDS, San Francisco

What are porcelain veneers? Cosmetic Dentist Robert Soto DDS, San Francisco


Hi my name is Dr. Robert Soto. Today I’m going
to talk about porcelain veneers and give some reasons why someone may want to have porcelain
veneer. This is a case of 12 porcelain veneers. This
is before they are bonded on to the teeth. Each individual veneer is an individual piece
of porcelain that is pain-stakingly crafted to enhance the color, shape and position of
the tooth. The veneers are very small. They are about
the size of a contact lens. They are ideally bonded to the front surface of the tooth. One common reason someone may want to have
veneers is because the edges of the teeth are broken. These edges are broken and the
teeth are shorter because of it. With veneers we are able to bring back the proper length
and the proper shape and symmetry of the teeth. This is another case where the teeth are broken.
The edges are broken here. The color is also darker. We are able to whiten the teeth so
the back teeth and the front teeth will match. We put 4 veneers on the upper and 4 veneers
on the lower and we corrected the gum shapes. We corrected the gum shapes so you can see
there’s a nice curve to the tissue which wasn’t there before. There was a little too much
tissue here. The position of teeth can be changed. This
individual has her lower teeth, some of the lower teeth in front of the upper teeth. The
upper teeth should be in front of the lower teeth. This central incisor, this lateral
incisor, and this canine here, were all repositioned through the fabrication of the veneers. This
person was also missing their canines on the top. There is no canine here and there is
no canine here. With veneers I was able to shape the premolar veneer to look as if they
are canines. So now when you look down here she has a full set of teeth. Here it looks
like she has a full set of teeth and they are in the proper position. Uniformity is important. Over time we have
different types of dental work done. We have 4 crowns here, 3 crowns of 1 type, another
crown of a different type. Another crown over here, a 3rd type of material, and some filling
material over here. This individual wanted to have a nice uniform set of teeth so we
did 10 veneers and in addition to making everything symmetrical and enhance the appearance, we
were still able to whiten the teeth, and to correct the gum tissue length. This person suffers from bruxism. That’s when
you grind you teeth and clench your teeth habitually. Overtime we will see the teeth
are going to shorten quite a bit. The edges are often very rough or misshapen. This individual
did have a full rehabilitation, meaning porcelain crowns on all of the lower teeth and porcelain
crowns on all of the upper teeth. One of the features we get with the full mouth rehabilitation
is that we actually lengthen the face overall. When someone grinds their teeth form many,
many years, their entire face will be shorter. By lengthening the teeth we also lengthen
the face and it is a much more youthful appearance instead of having a shorter face. They individual has 6 veneers done on her
front 6 teeth. One of the problems with having 6 veneers as opposed to 8, 10 or just 4 is
that when we make the canines the proper shape, often we will block out the back teeth. When
she smiles you cannot see the back teeth at al. It looks like she is missing her back
teeth. By reshaping the gum tissue and adding 12 veneers to the top teeth, we are able to
lengthen the teeth so you see less gum tissue. We are able to give her a more full smile.
When she smiles you can see those back teeth. Again, my name is Dr. Robert Soto. I practice
in San Francisco. You can give us a call at the office. 415-398-8555. Or you can visit
our website sfveneer.com/ I encourage you too look at Sfveneer.com. It’s a great site
where you can learn quite a bit about veneers and other aspects of cosmetic dentistry. There
are lot’s of before and after photos and frequently asked questions about veneer. You can always
come in for a consultation. Give us a call or you can email us. Email us at [email protected]
Thank you very much.

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