Dental Veneers

Veneers can improve the appearance and strength of your front teeth, giving you a straight, white, beautiful smile. Made from either porcelain or ceramic, dental veneers help correct badly shaped or discolored teeth and can be indistinguishable from your natural surrounding teeth.

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Porcelain Veneers in Santa Rosa

Veneers Can Correct Aesthetic Issues.

Veneers can correct simple aesthetic issues, like the length or coloring of a tooth, instantly making your smile more uniform and aesthetically-pleasing.

Strengthen Teeth With Veneers.

Veneers don’t just look great- they serve a functional purpose of strengthening weakened teeth and supporting the natural material of a tooth.

We Offer Prepless Veneers

Our office is capable of creating no prep veneers using digital scanning technology. These veneers come with the advantage of matching up to your existing tooth and don’t require the removal of any enamel.

A composite veneer is made of an advanced composite resin material that is flexible and adjustable. The composite resin material is easy to shape, reshape and repair as needed. This type of veneer also has the benefit of being able to be completed in just one office visit, since we can custom mill the veneer using special CEREC equipment in our office and apply the composite directly to the affected teeth without waiting for anything to be manufactured in an outside dental lab.

Composite resin veneers are slightly less stain-resistant than porcelain and require more maintenance to keep their appearance, but also typically have a lower price tag. You can expect composite veneers to last for years as well, although they do have a shorter lifetime than porcelain veneers.

Both kinds of veneers are high-quality, and which one will work best for you is an individual matter. Talk with Dr. McCormick to find out more about whether veneers may be right for your dental needs.

Why Veneers?

Dental veneers are an aesthetic and restorative treatment we use to improve the beauty and strength of a patient’s teeth. Veneers offer us the opportunity to correct issues like misshapen, crooked, badly stained or discolored teeth. They are applied to front teeth, covering them and wrapping over the top edge for strength and stability.

In our office, we use two types of veneers: porcelain and composite. Which one is best for you depends on your individual dental needs, and Dr. McCormick will discuss the reasons he recommends one or the other for you.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are made from a glass-like ceramic material, which is thin and inflexible, yet very strong. It provides a look that closely matches your natural tooth color & translucency and is stain-resistant to maintain its beauty over time. There are different types of porcelain veneers available, depending on your dental needs.

When applying veneers and other dental restorations, such as crowns, we have to remove a small amount of tooth enamel or tooth structure to allow for proper dental bonding and to create the appropriate shape for the restoration. Porcelain veneers have the advantage in this area over a dental crown, as they require less reduction of the tooth, thanks to their thinness.

We use a dental lab during porcelain veneer creation, where each patient’s veneers are custom-made to meet their specific needs precisely and match their natural teeth. In many cases, we can place a temporary veneer while you wait for the final versions to arrive from the lab. When they’re ready, your custom veneers will be bonded directly to the tooth. You can expect porcelain veneers to last for many years with good care. Thorough dental hygiene and proper home care are important to prevent your veneer from stains and discolorations. While normal brushing and flossing won’t damage your veneer, we do recommend using a non abrasive toothpaste.

Ceramic Veneers

While porcelain veneers have been around for decades and still prove to be an excellent option for restorations, advances in machining and dental technology have also now made it possible to create veneers with other new types of ceramic materials, and these may be preferable depending on the patient. If there are other challenges, like damaged enamel, bad staining or misshapen teeth, other ceramics can provide a thicker, more effective veneer to correct the appearance. Ceramic veneers are durable and have a similar lifespan to porcelain veneers.

Prepless Veneers

Prepless veneers are a modern, appealing option for many people. With traditional veneers, a small amount of the tooth surface often needs to be removed to allow for good bonding between the veneer and your tooth enamel. If enough enamel needs to be removed, you must always have the veneers or other restorations throughout your lifetime in order to protect the dentin or interior layer of the tooth. Prepless veneers don’t require the irreversible step of enamel removal and can be done without removing any tooth structure. They also can be stronger than traditional porcelain or ceramic veneers thanks to their bond with the stronger enamel of the teeth versus the softer dentin that’s sometimes revealed in standard veneer preparation.

Prepless veneers are still made of thin porcelain or other ceramics, and applied to the surface of the teeth, but the bonding process does not require any structural removal in most cases. There are exceptions when your dentist is working to correct misshapen teeth, as sometimes a new shape is needed to make effective use of the veneer. But in general, prepless veneers work to strengthen teeth, improve appearance, and alter the color, size and shape of teeth.

Creating prepless veneers is possible only with modern digital scanner technology, which allows our office to take extremely accurate images of the contours of your teeth. We work with an excellent dental lab to custom-mill each prepless veneer using the best technology to ensure a perfect fit with the underlying tooth.

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All of the veneers we offer are high-quality, and which one will work best for you is an individual matter. Talk with Dr. McCormick to find out more about whether veneers may be right for your dental needs.

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About Dr. Andrew McCormick:

Dr. Andrew T. McCormick is a native Californian originally from Monterey County. He graduated from U.S.C. school of dentistry and subsequently opened his practice in Santa Rosa, finding Sonoma County to be an ideal place to locate. 

Learning more about the connection between dentistry, medicine, and medications and environmental toxins is of particular interest to Dr. McCormick because he sees the effects of these on his patients.  Because of this, he has sought out non-traditional and progressive educations.  Some of these groups have recently been the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).

One of Dr. McCormick’s interests is involvement in the community.  He was an early participant in Leadership Santa Rosa and now he sits on the board for PDI, a dental clinic in Windsor for underprivileged children. In January 2010, he became an accredited member of AACD, one of 350 dentists worldwide, after extensive work to raise his level of expertise in cosmetic and rehabilitative dentistry. Click here to read more about Dr. McCormick.

Voted Best Dentist in Santa Rosa
by Readers of Bohemian
1 of 350 Dentists Worldwide
Accredited with the American
Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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