Aside from your eyes, your smile is one of the first things a person notices about you. When discolored, chipped, or unevenly spaced teeth cause you to hesitate or avoid smiling, you are more likely to send an unintended negative message to those around you.

After a consultation with your Walnut Creek CA dentist, you may find that you no longer need to hide your smile. Thanks to the success of modern dental materials and procedures, millions of adults are realizing that a nicer smile is well within their reach. Many of those patients are choosing dental veneers to address multiple cosmetic concerns at once.

Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-fitted shells designed to cover the front surfaces of your teeth. They can be used to correct spaces between teeth, correct the appearance of teeth that are chipped or worn, severely stained, irregularly shaped, or crooked.

Typically made of porcelain or composite resin, veneers are applied to the front teeth that are most visible when you smile. Porcelain veneers are more durable and less likely to stain compared to composite resin bonding. They are also a more conservative alternative to dental crowns.

The veneer process can involve one or more dental visits. During the initial visit, the natural teeth will be shaped and prepared to accommodate the veneers. Then, impressions of the teeth and gums will be used to capture the exact dimensions of your smile. If the veneers are processed using the CEREC Chairside technology, your veneers can be designed, milled, and permanently cemented in a single visit. If your case will be sent to a dental laboratory, you will need to return to the dental office in approximately 3 weeks to have the veneers permanently cemented.

Porcelain veneers can be used to achieve the naturally flawless smile that you deserve. With proper home care and regularly scheduled dental check-ups, you can expect your new smile to last for many years. Contact our cosmetic dentistry office in Walnut Creek CA for a personal consultation today.