Dental Veneers

Cosmetic Dental Veneers to Improve Your Smile

Your teeth do more than just allow you to eat and speak. They also play an important aesthetic role, providing you with a beautiful, confident smile. Even minor cosmetic flaws in your teeth can cause serious aesthetic concerns, and leave you feeling incredibly self-conscious. This lack of confidence can show, and others will take notice. At Walker Dental Team in Olympia Washington we can help to improve the quality of your smile and boost your confidence, with dental veneers.

Woman smiling after receiving dental implants from Walker Dental Team

What are Dental Veneers?

Even the most minor imperfections in your teeth can have a significant impact on the quality of your smile as well as your confidence. Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment designed to eliminate the appearance of minor flaws affecting your teeth and improving the quality of your smile. They are thin shell-like restorations that are made to be bonded to the front surfaces of your visible teeth. They effectively cover over flaws in your teeth, completely transforming how the teeth look.

Dental veneers can be used to treat many different types of minor imperfections. These include:

  • Small chips or cracks in your teeth
  • Minor alignment issues such as spaces between your teeth or slightly overlapping
  • Disproportionately small teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Discoloration of your teeth

Materials for Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are typically made from either composite resin or porcelain. Both of these materials are tooth colored and can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. While composite costs less, porcelain provides several significant benefits. In addition to being made to match the color of your natural teeth, porcelain also reflects light just like tooth enamel. Porcelain is also stronger than composite resin and can stand up to more daily wear and tear. Where composite veneers typically last 7 to 10 years, porcelain can last 15 years or longer.

The Process for Placing Veneers

Placing your dental veneers takes two visits. At your first appointment, we remove a small amount of enamel from the front surfaces of the affected teeth. This is necessary to ensure that your veneers fit properly in your mouth and do not look or feel bulky and unnatural. Next, we take an impression of your mouth. In most cases, temporary veneers are not necessary, although they can be provided if you have aesthetic concerns.

Your impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to design and fabricate your custom veneers. Once they have been completed, they are sent back. At your second appointment, we check your veneers for fit, bite, and a natural appearance before bonding them into place.

Why Get Dental Veneers?

There are many benefits associated with dental veneers.

  • Both composite resin and porcelain are bio-compatible. This means that they will not irritate your gums.
  • Dental veneers blend in perfectly with the rest of your natural teeth.
  • With veneers, we can help to restore or enhance, the appearance of your smile, which can also provide you with a significant boost of confidence.

Dental veneers can help to significantly improve the appearance of your teeth, which can then help to improve the quality of your smile and boost your confidence. Contact our experienced Walker Dental Team today to schedule your appointment and find out if dental veneers are right for you.