Imperfections on the front of the smile can hurt one’s appearance. Dr. Stephen Eriksen of Walnut Creek Laser Dentistry understands this and provides solutions for individuals with problems on the anterior teeth. In many situations, he may recommend that patients obtain porcelain veneers.

Understanding the purpose of porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic, elective treatment for imperfections near the front of the smile. Porcelain veneers are made of strong, durable materials that will last many years with proper care. Dr. Stephen Eriksen and his team of professionals at Walnut Creek Laser Dentistry encourage patients to learn about them and determine if they are proper candidates. These veneers, or facings, are extremely thin. They are custom-made to match the patient’s existing teeth to integrate seamlessly into the smile. The veneers are bonded onto the front of a tooth to disguise imperfections such as:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned/crooked teeth
  • Chipped/cracked teeth
  • Permanently stained teeth

Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?

Dr. Stephen Eriksen finds that the best candidates for veneers are patients who have imperfections on the anterior teeth, located in the front of the smile. Veneers will often last ten years or longer with proper care, making it more important than ever to have a healthy smile and solid oral care routine in place. Patients must understand that cavities can still develop on the tooth structure underneath the veneer, so routine evaluations and proper care are vital to maintaining the health of the smile and avoiding damage to the tooth underneath the veneer that is still exposed.

Improve your smile today!

If you have been embarrassed long enough about the appearance of your smile, it is time to work with a dentist who can help you enhance your look quickly and easily with the use of porcelain veneers. We encourage patients to book a consultation visit with Dr. Stephen Eriksen and his team to learn more about porcelain veneers and other restorations used in our office that provide natural-looking results. Walnut Creek Laser Dentistry can be reached by phone at (925) 272-2185 and is conveniently located at 2021 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite A2. We are committed to providing the best possible care to new and current patients with over two decades of experience in dentistry.