Using porcelain veneers for the front teeth

 In this day and age, one of the issues people consider when planning to have a smile makeover is whether or not they should get porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers continue to gain popularity as a fast and effective way of addressing many imperfections of the smile, specifically on the teeth in the front of the smile. Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy of Family Dental Center in Manteca, California, are here to help patients learn more about veneers and whether or not a patient is a good candidate for them. 

What are porcelain veneers? 

Porcelain veneers are thin shells cemented over teeth to mask imperfections on tooth surfaces. Dentists use them to correct discoloration, cracks, chips, spacing between teeth, and other imperfections–all of which affect how a person’s smile looks. Porcelain veneers help to restore the appearance of the original tooth structures so that anyone can have an attractive smile! 

Why do people use porcelain veneers? 

People use porcelain veneers for several reasons. Our dentists may recommend them for:

  • Stained teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Worn/misshapen teeth 

Porcelain veneers are incredibly versatile and easy to care for, making them the obvious choice for patients who need to address issues near the front of the smile. 

How long does it take to get porcelain veneers? 

First, patients schedule an initial evaluation to determine if they can benefit from these restorations. Then, preparations are done, during which Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy will file down the front portion of the tooth. Impressions are made and sent to a dental laboratory to create the veneers. Within a week or two, the final veneers arrive at the dental practice, and patients come in to have them bonded onto the prepared teeth. With proper care, many patients can keep their veneers in place for over a decade! 

How do I learn more about porcelain veneers? 

Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy of Family Dental Center in Manteca, CA, are available to evaluate patients and educate them on the many ways they can enhance their smiles. If you are in the community and are considering your options for improving the appearance of your teeth, call our office at (209) 420-1205 to request a consultation appointment. We are open to new and returning patients and families at our state-of-the-art practice.



Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.

Dr. Mircea Mitu

Mircea Mitu DDS, FICOI

Dr. Mircea Mitu has almost three decades of dental experience, including nine years of associateship and managing clinical practices in the East Bay Area and several years of practice and academic positions in prosthodontics. Before setting up his practice, he completed hundreds of hours in postgraduate dentistry. He has attended prestigious organizations like the UCLA Center for Aesthetic Program and Misch International Implant Institute.

Dr. Mitu is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Joaquin County Dental Association and is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dr. George D’Louhy DDS, MS

George D’Louhy DDS, MS

Dr. George D’Louhy is a respected orthodontist who has been practicing for 30 years. Dr. D’Louhy earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from St. Louis University and completed further advanced training to receive his Speciality in Orthodontics MS degree from St. Louis University School of Orthodontics.

As a specialist in Orthodontics, Dr. D’Louhy applies his three decades of experience and his expertise using Full Banded Orthodontics and other treatments to help patients achieve stunning smiles. Dr. D’Louhy is trusted for his technical skills and ability to work with patients and their parents to create beautiful, healthy smiles.