Porcelain Veneers in Santa Cruz, CA

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for Getting Porcelain Veneers

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What Does Getting Porcelain Veneers Involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

Lumineers® Porcelain Veneers

Lumineers® don’t require the removal of tooth structure.

Lumineers by Cerinate offer a terrific cosmetic solution for permanently stained, chipped, discolored, misaligned teeth, or even to revitalize old crown and bridgework. Lumineers are porcelain veneers that can be made as thin as a contact lens and is placed over existing teeth without requiring painful removal of sensitive tooth structure (unlike traditional veneers.)

Lumineers can only be made from patented Cerinate porcelain. This revolutionary porcelain is crafted through a proprietary process unavailable anywhere other than the Cerinate Smile Design Studios owned by Den-Mat Corporation. In just two or three visits to the dentist, Lumineers provides a custom-made smile clinically proven to last up to 20 years.

New Lumineers Technology Makes Painful Veneers Unnecessary

Lumineers by Cerinate is painless because they don’t require the painful removal of tooth structure. In Santa Cruz, Dr. Smith applies these contact lens-thin “smile shapers” to teeth without any grinding or shaving, transforming misshapen, worn teeth into a naturally beautiful smile that looks perfect for every individual. Lumineers can even be placed on porcelain bridgework and crowns with the new Revitalize Kit available from your dentist. Lumineers is the best of both worlds – ultra-thin, yet super strong for a radiant smile that resists any cracking, which can damage restorations. Lumineers are completely reversible. Get your perfect smile today!

No Painful Tooth Preparation

On your next dental visit, Dr. Rick K Smith tries in your Lumineers to ensure a good fit. Teeth are moderately etched to prepare for placement but there is no removal of sensitive tooth structure, the painful part of traditional veneer techniques. The Lumineers are bonded to your natural teeth and set in place with a curing light.

In only two easy dental visits, you will have a permanently whiter and beautiful smile without shots, drills or pain.

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