Lucio H. Kim DDS
Providing the best dental care for Glendale, CA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Porcelain Veneers

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There’s a lot to consider when it comes to your oral health care. Fortunately, our Glendale dental office is here to help! We pride ourselves on helping our patients stay informed and educated about the benefits of good oral health care.

We’ll spend all the time you need and answer all your questions until we know you have the information you’re looking for. Before we begin any treatment, we’ll explain everything in detail so you know exactly what you can expect.

Here are a few of the questions we’re asked most often, but we know you probably have others. Please don’t hesitate to call our dental office or fill out our handy online contact form, and we’ll be happy to help.

Porcelain Veneers

woman smiling | dentist glendale caIf you are considering making changes to the appearance of your smile, two options to consider are porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Both of these options can help to eliminate imperfections such as:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Chipping or fractures
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Excessive wear

Finding Your Right Cosmetic Solution

Dental bonding utilizes composite resin, which is bonded directly to your tooth. This is the same material used for tooth-colored fillings, so it can also be customized to match your teeth. Bonding is non-invasive and tends to be less expensive than other cosmetic procedures.

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain designed and customized to fit over your tooth. A small amount of enamel is removed so the veneer can fit over your tooth and it is bonded onto it. Veneers can also be custom shaded, and they are stain-resistant, which means they don't discolor at the rate of a natural tooth.

The most significant difference between veneers and dental bonding is that porcelain veneers can change the size, shape, and shade of your teeth allowing you to design the smile you've always wanted. Think "Hollywood" smile. 

Cosmetic Dentistry in Glendale

If you would like more information about dental bonding or porcelain veneers in Glendale, contact Dr. Kim today to schedule a consultation.

Woman smiling | Dental veneers in Glendale CAPorcelain dental veneers allow us to help patients achieve a beautiful smile by correcting cosmetic flaws. But it’s hard to say exactly how long a veneer will last for any particular patient. A very general estimate is anywhere between 7 and 20 years. However, this is largely dependent on the individual.

Longevity of Veneers

Dental porcelain is very strong and won’t really wear out during your lifetime. Porcelain veneers, when they are done correctly, don’t wear. They’re bonded securely to the surface of your tooth, and, even though they’re super thin, their strength is derived from your teeth.

There are a number of things that can affect the longevity of your veners. Biting down on hard or crunchy foods may chip an edge. If you see a different dentist who uses power polishing equipment, the surface of the veneers can become rough and porous, allowing the porcelain to stain very easily. A veneer can also become chipped or scratched from improper brushing or flossing techniques.

Smile Makeovers in Glendale

All these things affect the lifespan of your veneers. It’s also important to remember that the veneer isn’t a living thing but your tooth is, and its condition may change.

Please call our Glendale office for more information about veneers.

woman smiling | Dentist Glendale CAHow much does dental work cost?

It’s a question I get over the phone daily.  And it’s a hard question to answer over the phone. And I’ve had some people actually get upset when I cannot tell them…really. 

Every Case is Different

While finances are obviously important, what is even more important is getting the diagnosis of what is going on correct, making sure the options of how to correct any kind of problem are clear and THEN we can give you an accurate picture of the financials.

Dr. Kim is very accurate in all of the diagnosis of dental problems and is ALWAYS very communicative about all the options, risk and benefits and what he would recommend for the long-term health of your teeth.  He respects your time as well as your finances by making sure everything is clear and laid out from the very beginning with no “surprise” fees in the middle of treatment.  He works with CareCredit and LendingClub so that any amount of treatment fee can be financed interest-free for 6, 12, 18, or 24 months.

Book a Consultation with Dr. Kim in 91207

So “how much does X cost”? It’s a loaded question from the get-go, but one that can be clarified and laid out simply for you with a “meet and greet” and a little bit of attention, a lot of knowledge and a lot of care. Give us a call today to get started.

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