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By Gale Marana, DDS
November 16, 2018
Category: Services
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Porcelain dental veneers can subtly tweak a single, imperfect tooth or work to overhaul your entire smile in one fell swoop. Thanks to their versatility, dental veneers can help patients in a variety of dental situations. Find out more about dental implants and how they can help your teeth with Dr. Gale Marana in Aiea, HI.

What is a porcelain dental veneer?
Porcelain dental veneers fit over the surface of a tooth to cover its existing appearance and improve its look. Porcelain closely mimics a natural tooth’s light-reflecting qualities, color, and general appearance, making it the perfect material for a veneer. A dental laboratory customizes each veneer based on a clay impression of your mouth to ensure the most natural look and comfortable fit.

Am I a good candidate for porcelain dental veneers? 
A good candidate for a porcelain veneer is in good general and dental health. They should also have no indications of teeth decay or gum disease. These conditions could cause complications for a veneer, meaning candidates should also have a strong at-home oral care routine and a commitment to seeing their dentist twice a year for routine dental examinations and cleanings.

Porcelain Dental Veneers in Aiea, HI
The process for dental veneers begins with a consultation with your dentist. This will ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure, and have realistic expectations for your results. Then, your dentist will prepare your teeth, take a clay impression of your mouth, and place temporary veneers on your teeth. These restorations help protect your natural teeth until the laboratory completes your veneers. At a second appointment about two weeks later, your dentist will remove the temporary veneers and replace them with your final restorations.

Caring for Your Veneers
Caring for your veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush twice daily and floss at least once to ensure that the bacteria and plaque which cause teeth decay remains at bay. Additionally, the American Dental Association recommends that everyone — regardless of age or dental condition — should see their dentist at least twice a year for routine dental examinations and cleanings.

For more information on porcelain dental veneers, please contact Dr. Gale Marana in Aiea, HI. Call (808) 488-7868 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Marana today!

Dental Exam ImageFinding a dentist who is committed to your individual attention is important when it comes to your health. Dr. Gale Marana at Pearl Kai Dentistry provides personalized oral health care that is tailored for your distinctive dental needs and goals. At our office we implore many general and cosmetic dentistry services. We also are proud to accept Tricare Dental Insurance for patients as well.

Dental Services to Maintain a Healthy Smile

At Pearl Kai Dentistry, Dr. Marana is well experienced and trained in the following services:
  • Cosmetic dentistry (Porcelain veneers, whitening, Invisalign, etc.)
  • Restorative dentistry (Fillings, bonding, root canals, dentures, etc.)
  • General dentistry (General exams, dental cleanings and X-rays)

Initial oral examinations are vital for your oral health.

At your initial oral exam, you can expect:
  • Visual examination
  • Charting
  • Periodontal probing
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment recommendations
  • X-rays of the front and back of the mouth
We also have many reasons as to why our office is one of the first you should consider. We offer emergency services, as well as walk-ins. We are always welcoming new patients. We believe in convenience for the patient by offering late afternoon appointments and Saturday appointments. Our office is made up of a friendly staff, a comfortable clean office, digital x-rays, and we accept most insurances.

Dental Coverage at Our Office

We can file insurance information, but we recommend patients check with their insurance company first to learn more about their coverage. At Pearl Kai Dentistry we also accept TRICARE dental insurance, and we participate with TRICARE Retiree Dental Program. To learn more about TRICARE dental insurance and a complete list of benefits, visit

Come and Visit Us at Pearl Kai Dentistry

If you have not already had the chance to see what our office has to offer, give us a call or come by! You can contact our office at 808-488-7868.
If you have visited our office, we would love to hear about your experience!