Many people are affected by a variety of common dental imperfections that can affect not only their appearance, but also chewing and speaking. One of the most popular and effective treatments for chips, gaps, stains, and misalignment is the porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are also commonly used to create perfect smile symmetry and smile makeovers. Porcelain dental veneers are custom-fit and colored to match your existing teeth. Our cosmetic dentists possess the proper training and experience to give you a breathtaking smile that looks and feels natural. Their goal is to not only improve the appearance of your smile but also maintain as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.

Please contact Mission Trails Dentistry for more details on porcelain veneers at our San Diego, California practice.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Injuries, eating and drinking habits, natural dental formation, and the effects of aging can all have a significant impact on the form and function of your teeth. A range of dental conditions can be corrected with porcelain veneers – with results that can look like you never had a problem to begin with. These conditions include:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Teeth misalignment
  • Worn Teeth/Small Looking Teeth
  • Stains and discoloration due to years of coffee/wine drinking, tobacco use, and other factors

Porcelain veneers offer a long-lasting correction of these issues with treatment that can be performed in just two quick office visits.

How Porcelain Veneers Work

Porcelain dental veneers are composed of a very fine, ceramic material that is made to last for years, and in most cases can last for decades. These durable, thin shells are designed to fit over the front portion of your teeth and mask common dental imperfections. At your initial office visit at Mission Trails Dentistry, we will take an impression of your teeth so that a custom veneer can be molded for the best possible fit. Although some portion of the tooth being treated will need to be filed down, treatment with porcelain veneers typically does not require a significant portion of your existing tooth to be removed. Once the impression is made and the porcelain veneer created, one of our cosmetic dentists will affix the veneer to your tooth with a strong cement. The veneer is color-tinted to match the surrounding teeth, and is designed to both look and feel natural.

Feldspathic Porcelain Veneers

Feldspathic porcelain veneers are made of extraordinarily high-grade porcelain. This intricate material makes it possible to craft a porcelain veneer that is tailored to more precisely match the color of your surrounding teeth. Layers of color are added to the veneer in a repetitive process designed to ensure that the contour and fit of the veneer will provide the best functional and aesthetic value once it is placed. The goal, of course, is to give you the appearance of a natural, beautiful new tooth!

Pressed Porcelain Veneers

Pressed porcelain veneers are created in wax, using a lost wax technique to ultimately form the veneer. The process of making a pressed porcelain veneer is designed to avoid problems that may occur when using other methods, such as shrinkage of the porcelain and small inconsistencies in design that may affect the natural look and fit of the veneer. With pressed porcelain veneers, Mission Trails Dentistry can have a restoration made for you that will make discolored or misaligned teeth appear white and straight.


LUMINEERS® by Cerinate are as transluscent as real teeth and characterized by their ultra-thin form. They require little to no removal of the original tooth, and are composed of a patented type of porcelain that can lessen the risk of leaking and cracking. Since LUMINEERS® can typically be placed without removing original tooth structure, you will likely not need to have any painful shots or soreness after the procedure. LUMINEERS® can also be replaced or removed at any time, and results can last two decades or more.

Porcelain veneers can improve both your smile and the function of your teeth with long-lasting, beautiful results. To schedule a consultation for porcelain veneers in San Diego, please contact Mission Trails Dentistry.