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What Are Dental Veneers?

porcelain veneers

You may have heard of dental veneers before, but what exactly are they, and what are they used for? At my dental office in Mill Creek, we have a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry options available to get you your ideal smile. However, dental veneers are one of the most common and versatile cosmetic dentistry procedures, so we’d like to explain what they are, how the procedure is completed, and what they can help fix.

Dental veneers are essentially super thin shells of porcelain, custom-made and shaded to suit your look and style. They require an artistic eye and are carefully crafted to meet your specifications as far as size, shape, and color are concerned. Once created, the veneers are bonded to the front surface of teeth and can result in an immediate and easy smile makeover.

What Can Veneers Do?

Instead of committing to several types of treatment – orthodontics, smile whitening, bonding – to get the smile of your dreams, dental veneers can help fix a multitude of problems in one, simple treatment. Some of the dental problems that can be fixed using veneers include:

  • Misalignment, unevenness, or irregularities in shape
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Worn down or grind down teeth
  • Discolored teeth whether caused by a root canal, stains, or large fillings
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken

What Is Involved in the Procedure?

Typically, your veneer treatment is simple, straightforward, and starts with an initial consultation with your dentist in Mill Creek. At this preliminary visit, your desired results will be discussed and your treatment plan will be determined. During your first treatment appointment, your teeth will be prepped for the veneers. This means that a thin layer of the surface enamel will be removed, allowing space for the veneer to cover your old tooth. Often, temporary veneers will be placeholders while the permanent ones are being milled at our dental lab. Once the permanent fixtures are completed, they will be adhered to the surfaces of your teeth using a strong bonding material and an artistic eye.

Your smile is something that really matters, so if yours is less than ideal, give my Mill Creek dental office a call today. We’ll schedule a consultation to discuss your smile goals and talk about the best way to reach those goals and get you your dream smile.

Serving patients in Mill Creek, Bothell, and Everett.

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