Veneers

Veneers Specialist
When you admire the gleaming, gorgeous smiles on performers and celebrities, you are often noticing their dental veneers. These thin shells of porcelain can create an entirely new smile, and provide a lasting cosmetic solution. At Foothill Dental Care, Dr. Jean Lee is skilled at placing and shaping dental veneers. To learn how she can transform your smile, schedule an appointment online today or visit the Tujunga, California office. We also accept patients from Sunland-Tujunga and from surrounding neighborhoods.

Veneers Q & A

by Jean Lee, DDS

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that fit over your natural teeth. They provide a beautiful smile that is also strong and durable.

Veneers can address several dental issues, including teeth that are:

  • Misaligned
  • Worn
  • Chipped or cracked
  • Broken
  • Stained or discolored
  • Gapped

Veneers offer a chance to attain an ideal smile in a relatively short period. That’s why they are so often seen on the red carpet and the big screen.

How are dental veneers applied?

The process of getting dental veneers begins with a comprehensive dental exam. Dr. Lee examines your teeth and gums and determines if she needs to address any decay before moving forward with your veneers.

During your next appointment, Dr. Lee prepares your teeth for the veneers. She removes a small portion of enamel to allow the veneers to fit over your natural teeth. She makes an impression of your bite, which she sends to the lab so that your veneers can be custom-made.

Once your veneers arrive, Dr. Lee carefully polishes and etches the surface of your teeth to enable a strong bond with the veneers. She checks each veneer for proper fit and trims the veneer as needed.

Once the fit is perfect, Dr. Lee uses a colored cement to bond each veneer in place. A special light hardens the cement, and the last step is the removal of any excess cement.

You can return to the office after a few weeks to check that your new veneers are properly placed, and that your gums are healing around them.

How long do veneers last?

There's no hard and fast answer to this question. The lifespan of your veneers depends on numerous factors, many of which are in your control.

You can extend the life of your new smile by taking the following actions:

  • Maintain positive oral hygiene
  • Never use your teeth as tools to cut or pry
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
  • Seek treatment for nighttime teeth grinding

With proper care, you can expect your veneers to last for ten years or more. When you need to replace them, you can come in for a new set of veneers. Call or schedule an appointment online to transform your smile with veneers!

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