Dr. Chow and his experienced staff pair their expertise with high-tech dental procedures to give you a long-lasting, beautiful smile you will be proud of. Get the best porcelain veneers in Malibu with the outstanding dental team at ModelSmile Dentistry.

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What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin covers that adhere to your teeth for more natural color and appearance. Veneers are custom-made and can be used to correct the following:

  • Stains on the teeth that resist bleaching
  • Teeth damaged by chips or wear
  • Misshapen or crooked teeth
  • Irregular spacing
  • A gap between the front teeth
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Why Porcelain Veneers?

Our porcelain veneers in Malibu are made of composite resin material or porcelain. Porcelain is Dr. Chow’s choice for veneers because they provide a bright white smile with well-shaped teeth. Additionally, because damaged teeth are susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, veneers are easier to care for with brushing and flossing, which makes them a formidable defense. Some examples of other benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • Long-lasting, strong and durable
  • Look natural, like your teeth normally would
  • Less enamel is required for removal compared with a cap or dental crown 
  • Resist stains

Dr. Chow is a top Malibu dentist with the expertise and experience to ensure your veneers are the proper shape, color, and size to match surrounding teeth.

How Are Porcelain Veneers Applied?


To begin, the tooth or teeth must be prepared. Dr. Chow will slightly shave the tooth down. If enough natural tooth was removed, he might place a temporary veneer over the tooth while the porcelain veneer is made. Any decay found will also be removed.

Choosing Your Veneer

Dr. Chow will work with you using a shade guide to find the exact shade of porcelain that will match the surrounding teeth. To make a model of your jaw, he will take an impression of your gums and teeth. This impression is then used to custom-make your veneer.

Bonding the Veneer

Next, Dr. Chow will permanently bond the veneer to the tooth. He will carefully trim or reshape it until the veneer fits perfectly over your natural tooth. Final touches are then made to the veneer's color to get it to match as closely as possible to the rest of your teeth. Please note that Dr. Chow will do all he can to achieve the closest match, but it may not be perfect.

Finalizing Your New Smile

When the color and fit have been finalized, he will etch the surface of your tooth, creating a texture for the cement to adhere to. A curing light will be aimed at the veneered tooth to set the glue. This process only takes a few minutes. Finally, Dr. Chow will check your bite to ensure it is correct. He will polish the veneer, making it bright and allowing you to feel confident in showing off your newly straightened smile!

Why Choose Dr. Chow for Malibu Porcelain Veneers?

Dr. Albert Chow is passionate about providing patients with safe, responsible, state-of-the-art dentistry. He is dedicated to educating his patients and ensuring they understand their options, know what to expect during their treatment plan, and feel confident moving toward their desired results.

Please call ModelSmile Dentistry to set up a consultation and learn more about the best porcelain veneers Malibu offers.

What Are the Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers?

Irreversible Procedure

Porcelain veneers require the removal of a part of the enamel to bond them to the tooth. This process is permanent, so once you have gone through the procedure, there is no going back to how your tooth was.

Increased Sensitivity

The procedure exposes the enamel slightly before bonding the veneer to the tooth, so you may experience mild sensitivity to cold or hot beverages and foods after your treatment. This sensitivity typically only lasts a few days and can be managed with products that aid tooth sensitivity.

Replacement Required

Veneers are durable but require replacement every 15-20 years. You can maintain your bright smile for many years with proper oral hygiene and care; however, even if your veneers are not damaged, they will still need to be replaced to maintain optimal function and cosmetic appearance.

Unresponsive to Whitening

The color of your porcelain veneer cannot be changed once the procedure is complete. While made of stain-resistant material, veneers cannot be whitened. To ensure the veneer blends into your smile, you will want to maintain the color of your teeth and perform any whitening treatments beforehand. Otherwise, you will need to replace the veneer to keep an even tone to your teeth.


Can you get cavities with veneers?

Can you go back to normal teeth after veneers?

Is it painful to get porcelain veneers?

Do porcelain veneers ever fall off?

Can you get cavities with veneers?

While a porcelain veneer cannot get a cavity, the attached tooth is still vulnerable to decay, making it possible to form a cavity beneath the veneer. Maintaining a solid daily oral hygiene routine will prevent the teeth from developing cavities or other signs of dental decay after porcelain veneers in Malibu.

Can you go back to normal teeth after veneers?

No, it is impossible to revert to your former natural teeth after receiving veneers. A thin layer of enamel is removed to bond the veneer to the tooth. Once this process happens, the tooth is permanently changed. The enamel cannot grow back, so removing the veneer will expose the tooth to the elements and create an appearance that is no longer uniform.

Is it painful to get porcelain veneers?

Most patients experience no pain during the entire veneer procedure. Because the first step of the process requires the removal of a thin layer of enamel, patients with sensitive teeth may experience minor discomfort from the sensation of the dental tool shaving the surface of the tooth. To ensure maximal comfort, local anesthesia may be used.

Do porcelain veneers ever fall off?

Some cases where your veneers could be susceptible to falling off include:

  • Poorly prepared tooth
  • Unsuccessful bonding
  • Tooth damage or decay
  • Trauma to the face or mouth
  • Old or weakened veneers
In cases where your veneer has fallen off, it is best to contact your cosmetic dentist immediately, so they can determine why it fell off and the best course of action.

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