Veneers & Cosmetic Dentistry (Smile Makeovers)
Dr. Kim and Dr. Joseph Goodman are leaders, pioneers and mentors in cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers in Los Angeles. Both doctors specialize in creating beautiful smile makeovers that translates into amazing life makeovers. Our doctors were features at the world famous TV show “The Doctors”, showing indeed how a smile makeover with veneers is a life makeover!
Patients from all over the world travel to Beverly Hills to seek out Dr. Kim’s and Dr. Goodman’s extensive knowledge and talent in rebuilding their smiles. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is placed over the natural tooth. There are numerous situations that require the use of dental veneers. Creating a new and improved appearance is one of the most common reasons patients ask for veneers. Veneers can mask any imperfections of your natural teeth, while conserving much of your natural tooth structure. In a matter of two short weeks, you can have the smile you always dreamed of, they are a remarkable tool to restore and revitalize your smile. For out of town patients flying in and for local patients who can’t wait 2 weeks, a faster turnaround can be arranged.
Please call and inquire in our office before arriving from out of town.
There are three kinds of porcelain veneers in Los Angeles
Full preparation Veneers
Minimal Preparation Veneers
No-Preparation Veneers (also known as Lumineers)
A plethora of knowledge, art, craftsmanship, and creativity are involved in creating beautiful smiles. Dr. Goodman & Dr. Lisa Kim have the ability to pinpoint which technique will yield the best results for you.
Full Preparation Veneers
Minimal preparation veneers have been perfected by Dr. Lisa Kim and Dr. Joseph Goodman over the last two decades. This more conservative approach is also referred to as “contact lens veneers” because of their extremely thin nature. It is mandatory to have a perfect harmony between the dentist and a master lab technician, especially when using this technique.
Minimal Preparation Veneers
Traditional full preparation veneers typically require 0.5-1mm reduction of the front tooth surface. Due to the thickness of the veneer, a full preparation veneer typically results in the most aesthetically pleasing outcome. There are more variables that can be altered such as masking dark stains on your existing teeth (tetracycline stains), thus a full preparation veneers would be advised.
No-preparation veneers, commonly known as Lumineers, are not suitable for everyone. Only an expert such as Dr. Goodman can determine whether a patient would be a good candidate for this approach. Generally speaking, teeth that are already too large will not present as an ideal case for no preparation veneers. Smaller teeth and inclined teeth will typically yield better results when using this approach.
Dr. Goodman started using Lumineers in 1999, long before marketing efforts made them popular. Lumineers are made from a special porcelain material, which allows for the tooth to be virtually untouched in some cases. The use of local anesthetic is typically eliminated due to this factor. Lumineers are very popular but the patient must be a good candidate, please inquire with us for a consultation.