As a leading general and cosmetic dentist in the Mission District area, Dr. Lukman has substantial experience in the use of durable, natural-looking ceramic veneers to help patients correct aesthetic issues and enjoy more beautiful smiles.
Ceramic veneers are thin shells of durable ceramic (porcelain) material that can be used to address a wide variety of cosmetic defects, including deep staining or discoloration in the interiors of teeth, gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, cracked and chipped teeth, teeth with worn or uneven edges, and teeth that look too small. Ceramic veneers can be custom-tinted and designed to blend beautifully with your natural teeth, making them a very popular options for patients looking to achieve a beautiful, healthy-looking smile.
Veneers require two office visits to complete. During the first visit, your tooth will be evaluated and a small portion of the surface material will be carefully removed to make room for the veneer. Removing a small portion of the tooth surface will ensure the veneer is level with the surfaces of neighboring teeth once it's applied. An impression will also be made and sent to a dental lab where the veneer will be custom crafted. A temporary veneer may be applied to protect the tooth while you're waiting for the permanent veneer to be made. At the second visit, the temporary veneer will be removed and the permanent veneer will be applied using a very strong bonding agent. A final buffing and polishing will ensure the fit is ideal.
Veneers are designed of very strong materials and can be expected to last a decade or even more with proper care.
No, you can care for your veneer as you care for your teeth, with routine brushing and flossing and regular trips to the dentist to check for any issues with fit or construction. As with your natural teeth, avoid biting ice or hard candies to prevent chips and call the office if any issues develop.
"Highly recommend Dr. Lukman and his crew. Dr. Lukman is very knowledgeable and explains everything in detail. Plus he does braces and Invisalign."
"He's incredibly skilled at what he does, and has a great sense of humor that puts even the most challenging patients at ease."
"They take special care to be very gentle and to explain what they are doing. I also really like that at each step they make sure if I am comfortable."
"I opted to get invisalign (Dr. Lukman also does braces!) I only needed a few adjustments so mine only took a few months. Now my teeth look great!"
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"I've been going to Dr Lukman for a few years now and have always had a good experience. His staff is great and he himself has been very helpful and knowledgeable."
"Dr. Lukman performs high quality work, and he was very gentle and friendly. My entire experience with him and staff was great. I'll be recommending him to my friends."
"Honest and forthright. Erick gives great personalized service. Staff is welcoming. He was able to accommodate my shifting schedule."
"Dr Lukman and his assistant were both very kind and patient. They took the time to explain the procedures...Overall, it was a great visit."
"Dr Lukman is professional, attentive, polite and very friendly. The staff is extremely friendly and approachable...Highly recommend to anyone needing a new dentist."
"Dr. Lukman's office is welcoming, has friendly and professional employees with a sense of humor and they do good work. I highly recommend them to anyone!"
"This place has treated me as a friend and that's always the best. They make sure you have what you need for your teeth to feel and look better."