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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Porcelain Veneers


If you want straight, white, natural looking teeth without the use of braces or surgery, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can resolve a variety of cosmetic dental issues and dramatically improve the look of your smile. At Adriatic Dental, Dr. Valentina Obradovic specializes in cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA and can usually complete a porcelain veneers procedure in just three visits.


What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are constructed out of ultra-thin shells of tooth-colored material that are custom-made to fit each tooth they are placed over. Dr. Obradovic bonds these shells to the surface of the teeth, allowing her to significantly alter the color, shape, length, or size. Porcelain veneers offer a few advantages over other types of veneers and cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as their ability to reflect light in a way that mimics real teeth. This gives them a more natural look. In addition, their material gives them extra stain resistance. All veneers usually need to be replaced after eight to 10 years.


Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers can be used to rectify several different cosmetic dentistry concerns. If you are ineligible for surgery or simply do not wish to undergo a more invasive procedure, porcelain veneers may be the ideal solution for helping you achieve the beautiful smile you desire.

Depending on your individual situation, Dr. Obradovic may recommend porcelain veneers as an alternative to braces or surgery if you have one or more of the cosmetic dentistry issues below:

• Wear and Tear
• Worn Enamel
• Uneven Teeth
• Stains and Discoloration
• Dissimilarity in Contour or Color
• Genetic

All types of patients may qualify for porcelain veneers, but smokers and patients with weak teeth will not be eligible. In addition, those with gum disease, missing teeth, decay, or patients who require major orthodontic work may require other treatments prior to the placement of their porcelain veneers.

Before porcelain veneers can be replaced, some of your teeth’s natural enamel must be removed to make room for it. Since this is permanent, Dr. Obradovic may suggest alternative forms of treatment if your teeth are still functioning adequately.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, please schedule a consultation today.

Monday, March 14, 2016



If you want to transform the look of your smile without undergoing an invasive procedure, Lumineers ® by Cerinate® may be the ideal solution. Lumineers ® are a type of porcelain veneers that instantly give you a smile of perfectly white and aligned teeth. At Adriatic Dental, Dr. Valentina Obradovic provides Lumineers ®, veneers, and a variety of other options for cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA.


Cosmetic Dentistry: Differences between Lumineers ® and Traditional Veneers

If you are considering Lumineers ®, it is important to understand the key differences between Lumineers ® and traditional veneers. To begin, Lumineers ® are much thinner than other types of veneers, measuring only about 0.2 mm. They are also highly translucent, a characteristic that enables them to replicate the look of natural enamel. As with other types of veneers, Lumineers ® are custom-made to fit over each tooth. However, unlike traditional veneers, these “smile shapers” are so thin that they can be applied to your teeth without shaving off enamel to place them. As a result, there is minimal pain involved with this procedure.

Dr. Obradovic can even place Lumineers ® over your existing bridgework or crowns without replacing them. They are an enduring cosmetic solution for discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth. In just two or three visits, you can have a gorgeous custom-made smile that you can enjoy for decades. The Lumineers ® procedure takes about one hour. Because your natural tooth structure is still intact, this cosmetic dentistry procedure is completely reversible.

You can have a more beautiful smile without the removal of tooth structure, even with old crowns and bridges! Call Adriatic Dentistry to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos and see how Lumineers ® can change the way you smile and feel about yourself.