Veneers and composite bonding are popular cosmetic dental procedures that allow you to enhance and customize your smile.
Veneers can change the shape, size, color of your teeth. They can fill in gaps, cover imperfections, help address cavities, and cover chipped or damaged teeth. When searching for the best dentist for veneers in San Francisco, look no further than Dr. Soto.
Veneers are thin, durable pieces of porcelain bonded to the surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance. At Robert Soto, DDS, we use the highest quality of porcelain for all of our veneers.
Veneers can be a great way to improve your appearance and your dental health. You might want to consider veneers if:
Several patients who get veneers are unhappy with their teeth because of stains, wear, and crookedness. Regardless of why you may be disappointed with your teeth, veneers are a safe and long term way to drastically improve your smile quickly.
In most cases, veneers or a combination of veneers and esthetic crowns can restore the damaged teeth to a beautiful condition.
If you have severely discolored or stained teeth that aren’t improving with standard whitening products, veneers may be the best solution for you to achieve the brighter color you’ve always wanted.
Custom-made dental veneers can offer you an even, perfectly aligned smile. If you have severely misaligned teeth, Invisalign® or braces with an orthodontist may be needed prior to veneers. If you relate to any of the above, it’s worth considering veneers!
In general, candidates for veneers have good oral health, good home hygiene habits, stable overall health, straight teeth or only mild-to-moderate crowding of their teeth.
Dr. Soto thoroughly evaluates every patient before the procedure to ensure he is providing the best possible cosmetic solution and explains the process, expected outcomes, risks and alternatives.
Since veneers are not permanent, you will need to be disciplined about routine oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, and wearing a night guard or retainers if indicated. The better you care for your veneers, the longer they will last.
Porcelain veneers stay on your teeth permanently and are not meant to be removed since part of the process involves roughening or removing a portion of tooth enamel.
However, veneers usually get replaced every 10-20 years. This depends on how well they are taken care of. Excellent home care, use of a guard or retainers at night, and regular dental cleanings will ensure the longest life for veneers.
Patients are fully numb for the veneer procedures. You should feel little to no pain during the veneer appointments.
Typically there is some soreness after the veneer appointments. Some patients will take over-the-counter pain medications for a few days after the veneer appointments. Teeth may be more sensitive to very hot and cold foods and drinks for a few days to a few weeks as the teeth adapt to the new veneers.
Your veneers journey with us starts with a free virtual consultation. All new patients begin by submitting a photo of their smile with a description of what they would like to change.
Dr. Soto reviews their information then sends a personalized video describing options, financing details, and scheduling information.
The average patient typically undergoes four appointments total, completed over five weeks total when receiving veneers. This can vary depending on appointment availability. Call for rush cases. There may be additional fees for rush cases.
After the virtual consultation, your next step is the comprehensive examination. We will perform a complete examination of your mouth during this appointment, including x-rays, photos, a smile/bite evaluation, and an oral cancer screening.
The comprehensive examination takes, on average, about 1.5 to 2 hours.
At your next appointment, we’ll scan your teeth to create a wax-up, which is a physical model of your teeth made into the shape and size of your new smile design! You will then complete a professional in-office teeth whitening to brighten all visible teeth not receiving veneers. This appointment lasts around 1.5 hours.
At this appointment, we will prepare your teeth for veneers. We apply a numbing solution to help increase your comfort. Then we place plastic, temporary veneers on your teeth.
The purpose of the temporary veneers is for you to try out the new smile design and protect your teeth while we create the porcelain veneers.
The veneer preparation appointment varies from patient to patient. Dr. Soto will be able to give you a rough estimate of the anticipated length of time for your veneer preparation, but these appointments can take anywhere from 2.5 to 5 hours.
At your veneer bonding appointment, we remove the temporary veneers and bond the final porcelain veneers permanently to your teeth.
This appointment can take 2.5 to 4 hours.
At your follow-up appointment, we set you up with retainers or a nightguard to help protect your new smile. We also take your final “after” photos!
We can make slight modifications to your veneers at your follow-up appointment based on your feedback. Some patients have them modified for either comfort or aesthetics.
Follow-up appointments usually run around 30 minutes.
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