If you have pointy, smaller-than-average, or unusually shaped teeth, consider veneers. These custom-crafted porcelain shells can transform your smile, making it more aesthetically pleasing. At Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry, experienced dentist Richard Blackburn, DMD, and the team use veneers to correct cosmetic imperfections, including chips, cracks, and discoloration. To make an appointment in Los Alamitos, California, call the office or book online today.
Veneers are paper-thin shells of porcelain or composite resin bonded to the front of your permanent teeth. Veneers make your smile whiter and more symmetrical. What’s more, they cover up minor imperfections that don’t respond to other types of treatment.
Some people get one or two veneers, but the Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry team recommends getting at least six. That’s because an even number allows for a more balanced smile.
The team at Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry uses veneers to correct various oral imperfections, including:
You might also benefit from veneers if you have spaces between some of your teeth.
At Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry, getting veneers takes two visits about a week apart.
At your first visit, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes 3D X-rays. Then, they numb your mouth with an anesthetic and carefully prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. Your provider removes a thin layer of enamel from each tooth and takes impressions of your teeth.
Your provider sends your impressions to a dental lab that manufactures a set of veneers designed for your smile.
About a week later, when the lab finishes your veneers, you return to Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry. Your provider lines up the veneers with your teeth and bonds them in place. Then, they polish them and provide care instructions.
After getting your veneers, there’s no recovery period or downtime. You can return to work and other activities right away.
To keep your veneers in optimal condition, the Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry team recommends brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office twice a year for an oral exam and professional dental cleaning. By following these guidelines, veneers can last 12-15* years or longer.
To see if you’re a candidate for veneers, make an appointment at Volterra Dental and Comprehensive Aesthetic Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary.