Overview of Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Monica Boniadi, owner of the Laser & Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County in California, offers a variety of aesthetic procedures to improve patients’ appearance and self-esteem. Over the course of her 20 years in practice, Dr. Monica Boniadi has performed numerous porcelain veneer applications.

For patients with broken or misshapen teeth, porcelain veneers can provide a natural-looking and more comfortable smile. To achieve this result, the process must begin with a thorough diagnostic and imaging visit, at which the dentist can assess any preparations that will be required. The dentist then performs any necessary reshaping and subsequently creates an impression of the patient’s teeth. The impression then goes to a dental laboratory, where technicians create a mold of the mouth and manufacture custom veneers.

Dentists may apply temporary veneers while the permanent versions are in production, though this typically only occurs if a patient’s remaining natural enamel is insufficient or if multiple teeth require treatment. Some practitioners also use temporary veneers to estimate the final result and determine any adjustments. After the dentist applies the final veneers, patients must carefully follow care instructions to keep them in good condition and minimize post-procedure discomfort.

Preventing Stains on Teeth

As the owner of the Laser & Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County, Inc., Dr. Monica Boniadi uses minimally invasive laser technologies wherever possible. In addition to employing lasers to treat gum disease and tooth decay, Monica Boniadi, DDS, offers patients laser whitening solutions for their teeth.

Laser teeth whitening combines in-office application of a peroxide bleaching solution with laser energy that “activates” the whitening process and speeds it up significantly. While whitening treatments reduce stains a great deal, they do not permanently keep teeth at a lighter shade. To ensure that teeth remain as white as possible, avoid over-consumption of beverages that cause stains, including red wine, coffee, and tea. A straw can help those who do drink these beverages regularly to avoid stains on the highly visible front teeth.

Another strategy involves rinsing or brushing the teeth directly after consuming tooth-staining beverages. Use of whitening toothpaste twice a week and proper oral hygiene that removes plaque are also important factors in ensuring that staining is kept to a minimum. Many patients who have undergone in-office laser whitening procedures also benefit from touch-up treatments every six to 12 months.