Improving the Appearance of Your Teeth with Veneers

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Those who are blessed with straight, white teeth only need to flash a grin to give a great first impression, and, as we know, first impressions are important. If you want your teeth to speak volumes before you even utter a word, veneers are a great way to whip your teeth into a dazzling, confident smile.

Here at Volterra Dental, we offer a number of different cosmetic dentistry services that give our patients in Los Alamitos, California, something to really smile about. From implants to professional whitening, we can address missing teeth, crooked teeth, and dull teeth. And with our dental veneers, we can tackle several problems at once, transforming your smile into one you’ll want to share with everyone.

Here’s a look at how we can improve the appearance of your teeth.

Veneers 101

Before we get into what we can correct let’s quickly review what veneers are. Made from porcelain or a composite material, they are thin, wafer-like shells that we place over the fronts of your teeth. Your veneers are custom manufactured to fit your teeth and meet your goals, and we bond them into a place where they will stay put for years to come.

Whiten up

Many of our clients turn to veneers to whiten and brighten their teeth. If your teeth have become stained or yellowed with age, professional whitening is a great way to bring a temporary shine to your smile. But if you’re tired of whitening gels and trays, veneers offer a more permanent solution for discolored teeth. And because they’re made from porcelain or a similar material that mimics your natural teeth, they resist staining and won’t discolor as your natural enamel does.

But there’s more

What many people don’t realize about dental veneers is that they do far more than whiten your teeth. They can hide a host of imperfections, such as cracks and chips, as well as cover up gaps between your teeth. In addition, veneers can also lengthen worn-down teeth. Think of veneers as new window dressings for your teeth that whiten, straighten, cover-up, and create a lovely line of pearly whites.

Getting fit

The process to get veneers is fairly simple, but it does require several visits. During your first visit, we’ll sit down with you to review your goals and come up with the best plan of attack. Once we decide to go ahead, we’ll remove enough of your enamel to accommodate the new veneers and then we’ll take impressions of your teeth, which we send off to a lab for custom manufacture. (It’s important to note that once we remove some of your enamel, this is a point of no return as your enamel won’t grow back.)

When your veneers are ready, you’ll return so that we can fit each one into place, making any necessary adjustments as we go. Once we’re satisfied that everything fits into place seamlessly, giving you a row of perfectly white, straight teeth, we cement the veneers to your teeth using a special bonding agent.

At this point, you’re free to enjoy your new smile. Veneers don’t require any special care once they’re in place, and you should brush and floss your teeth as you normally do.

If you’d like to explore further how veneers can make your first impression one to remember, please give us a call or click the button on this website to set up a consultation.