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Why get dental veneers?

Porcelain veneers are an amazing way to create a dazzling new smile! Dr. Martinez provides veneers Santa Barbara and Montecito are finding perfect for enhancing individual smiles. And because her porcelain veneers are designed exclusively with the help of an artistic dental lab, you can trust your new smile will be a true reflection of a better you for years to come.

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain customized to fit the fronts of your teeth, and also are a great solution for masking:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Stains and discolorations
  • Misalignments
  • Spaces and gaps
  • Oddly shaped teeth

During your porcelain veneer consultation with Dr. Martinez, it is important that she fully understands your expectations. Do you have a favorite celebrity smile, or would you simply like to reverse the effects of age on your own smile? Together, you and Dr. Martinez will discuss in detail the type of smile you are looking for. We also invite you to look through our catalog of past veneers cases or even bring in photos of your ideal smile if you have them!

To make your ideal smile look completely natural, Dr. Martinez will carefully analyze your:

  • Overall smile
  • Lip line
  • Smile line
  • Gum contours
  • Tooth shape
  • Face shape
  • Skin tone
  • Eye/hair color
  • Age
  • Personality

What is the procedure for getting porcelain veneers?

After the initial consultation, the process for getting porcelain veneers involves a number of steps. Porcelain veneers may be applied to one or more teeth.

Stage 1 – Consultation

If you feel like you are in need of porcelain veneers, you can book an appointment with us. At the consultation, our dental experts will ask you about the concerns you have regarding your current smile, and what you would like to change. After examining your teeth, our dental experts will recommend the right procedure for you. Following this, X-rays and impressions of the teeth are taken, which will help our dentists understand the best solution for you.

Stage 2– Preparing the teeth for veneers

After this step, your teeth will have to be prepared for getting veneers. You will be given a local anesthetic to ease the process, then, our dental expert will need to reshape the tooth surface so that your teeth can match the thickness of the veneer. The impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to the lab.

All of the information gathered from your consultation will be communicated to our lab technician for artistic design. Dr. Martinez will offer you temporary veneers to give you a chance to “test-drive” your new smile.

Temporary veneers require their own special set of care instructions to ensure that your teeth feel comfortable during the waiting period. Dr. Martinez will be happy to brief you regarding any queries you may have about temporary veneers.

By working closely with you and our dental lab from the very first appointment, Dr. Martinez can promise a stunning end product without any surprises along the way. That means reliable results for your veneers in Montecito and Santa Barbara.

Step 3 – Bonding

You will be called in for the next appointment once the customized set of porcelain veneers comes back from the lab. Our dental experts will check the shape and color of the veneers to ensure that they match your teeth perfectly. Following this, the attachment procedure will begin. Your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched in order to make it rougher. This surface will help the veneer attach itself to the teeth easier. After this, a paste-like substance will be applied on to the veneer and it will be attached on to the teeth. The dentist will then shine a special light beam on the veneer which will help the paste harden and cure faster. The paste remnants are removed and the final results will be evaluated to see if the veneers adjust with your bite. Final adjustments will be made, after which you will be ready to see your new smile.

Why choose porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are preferred by many people looking to change the appearance of their smile. Porcelain veneers are strong and provide long-term wear. These veneers look very natural and match the natural appearance of teeth. Porcelain veneers are also easier on the gums, which means that you will be less prone to allergies or adverse reactions. You will be able to always show a bright smile thanks to the stain-resistant material of the veneers.

If you are looking to fix damaged teeth or change the shape of your teeth, veneers are an ideal dental restorative option for you. As compared to getting a crown or a cap, veneers are less harsh on the teeth as the reshaping procedure requires lesser tooth enamel to be removed.

Are you the right candidate
for getting dental veneers?

If you are looking for a life-long change in the appearance of your smile, a permanent procedure like veneers in Santa Barbara and Montecito is the right choice for you.

Before you get veneers, you have to ensure that your teeth are healthy to carry on with the procedure. During your consultation, our dental experts will have a look at your teeth to see if there are any signs of dental decay or damage. The issue will be treated and resolved before moving ahead with the porcelain veneers procedure.

Porcelain veneers will not be suitable for you if you are prone to grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw. Other suitable alternatives will be recommended that can help you achieve your desired effect.

It can be a process getting used to change, but I work hard to make sure my patients are very pleased with the way they look. Patients feel much more confident. They feel much more secure — they’re smiling more!

Dr. Ana Martinez
veneers santa barbara

How should you care for your veneers?

The number one step to ensuring that your veneers stay in good shape for a long time is to practice good oral hygiene. You will need to brush your teeth and practice flossing at least twice a day. In addition to this, use a good alcohol-free mouthwash to protect the teeth.

Some people have the tendency to bite their nails, chew on ice or even other objects like pens. With veneers, you will need to refrain from chewing on very hard objects to avoid any chipping.

Although porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, try not to overindulge in food items like coffee, red wine, soy sauce, and berries. To protect the brightness of your veneers, you will also need to avoid smoking.

Following your procedure, you will need to come in for regular check-ups so that our dental experts can make any adjustments, if necessary. Over time, wear and tear can also be repaired to keep your smile looking flawless.


Do porcelain veneers last a lifetime?

Porcelain veneers are thought of as a permanent service since just a very little portion of the tooth is removed by etching. That said, your veneers should last for the rest of your life with proper care.

Do porcelain veneers need replacement?

In most cases, porcelain veneers do not need to be changed unless they are broken. Dental bonding cannot be used to fix them if they fracture or shatter for any reason so they will need to be replaced if that is the case.

Do porcelain veneers increase the possibility of developing cavities or tooth decay?

The usual guidelines for oral care are recommended since veneers perform just like real teeth. Patients’ chance of having cavities or tooth decay is considerably reduced as long as they brush, floss, and go to the dentist for routine cleanings.

Will my teeth seem whiter after getting porcelain veneers?

Your veneers’ tint is entirely personalized to blend in with the rest of your teeth. Before getting veneers, some patients want to use laser teeth whitening on the remainder of their teeth to produce an overall whiter look. That said, it is optional and completely up to the patient.

Are porcelain veneers stain-resistant?

Contrary to natural teeth, which may darken over time, porcelain veneers are very stain resistant, which is one of their key benefits and why most patients choose this service over others.

What kind of cost can you expect with getting porcelain veneers in Santa Barbara?

Porcelain veneer’s cost varies from patient to patient based on requirements and objectives. Porcelain veneer prices typically vary from $900 to $2,500 per tooth. With regular dental care, they may last up to 20 years, making them an excellent investment.

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it's time you
love your smile!

Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for those looking to change the appearance of their teeth. Take advantage of the best cosmetic dentist and veneers Santa Barbara and Montecito has to offer and truly change the way you feel when you smile! Begin your journey to a bright dazzling smile by calling Riviera Smiles to schedule your consultation today.

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