Veneers

Veneers Specialist
Dr. Dani provides porcelain veneers that look so natural they are virtually undetectable. Located in the Century City/Westwood area of Los Angeles, his expertise in enhancing smiles with veneers is sought out by patients across the Westside, including Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Santa Monica.

Veneers Q & A

by Dani Benyaminy, DDS

What is a dental veneer?

A dental veneer, also called a laminate, is a wafer thin shell of porcelain that is directly bonded to the front of a tooth’s surface to correct a wide range of flaws. Each porcelain laminate is tinted to match a patient’s natural teeth and custom-crafted to fit his or her smile.

What flaws can a veneer correct?

Veneers offer protection and can dramatically improve the appearance of an individual’s smile. Among the flaws these coverings can correct are:

  • Broken teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Pits and gaps
  • Uneven tooth edges
  • Teeth that appear small
  • Worn teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Veneers are not suitable for teeth with excessive decay. In such cases, porcelain crowns are a better solution.

Is the procedure painful?

The procedure typically entails three visits to Dr. Dani’s office and is not painful at all. A local anesthetic can be administered to numb the area as the tooth is prepared for the veneer. Preparing the tooth requires removing about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the surface. This is the same thickness that the veneer will add to the tooth’s surface.

How long does a veneer usually last?

Every patient is different. But for most, veneers last between 10 and 15 years.

What are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?

Veneers are an excellent solution for many cosmetic dental issues. They look completely natural and can dramatically improve a patient’s appearance without surgery. Unlike crowns, with veneers, a patient’s natural teeth remain largely intact. Only a minimal amount of enamel is removed in order to fit the veneer. This treatment is also painless and the recovery time is minimal. An extra benefit: Unlike natural teeth porcelain veneers are stain resistant. This helps keep them white and bright, even for patients who drink coffee, tea or red wine.

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