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Visit Our Costa Mesa Dentist Office to Learn More About the Process of Placing Dental Veneers

Dental VeneersIf you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile, dental veneers are an excellent solution. As a dentist in Costa Mesa, we use veneers to solve a variety of aesthetic challenges our patients have with their teeth. They are an incredibly versatile solution and can be used to do the following:

Cover dark stains

If you have tried a teeth whitening procedure and are not satisfied with the results, veneers can cover your teeth and stains, so they become bright and white. This is also a popular solution when teeth have lost their luster or brilliance due to age.

Close gaps

When there are gaps between teeth, you can use orthodontics to straighten your teeth or you can select a faster solution: dental veneers. We frequently recommend this cosmetic fix for patients with gaps between their front teeth. Closing these gaps can make a dramatic difference in your appearance and improve your self-confidence.

Change the shape of teeth

Very often, we see teeth that are varying in size. One tooth can be longer than the one next to it, or teeth might not be large enough for your overall frame. When this happens, it can negatively impact how you appear. Fortunately, we can contour the teeth to change their shape or cover them with dental veneers to accomplish the same thing. Doing so allows us to create a uniform appearance, where all of your teeth look like the appropriate size and shape for your mouth.

Make teeth appear straight

If you have one or two teeth that are crooked, wearing braces or clear aligners may be more effort than is necessary. In this case, we can cover the crooked teeth with veneers and make them appear to be straighter. While the actual position of your teeth will not change, their appearance will.

These are just a few of the problems that we can resolve using dental veneers. We also use them as restorations after a tooth cracks or chips. If you are interested in this solution, we encourage you to visit our dental office for an examination. After examining your teeth and taking X-rays, we will let you know if this is the best solution to address the aesthetic challenges. If so, we will make an impression of your mouth and take measurements so the dental lab has the information they need to create custom veneers.

Next, we will prepare your teeth by removing a small portion of the enamel from the surface. This is necessary for ensuring the veneers lay flat after placement. Since your teeth will be sensitive afterward, we will protect them by securing temporary veneers while the lab creates the permanent ones. While wearing them, you need to be careful with what and how you eat, but once your permanent ones are ready, we can bond them in place fairly quickly. You will be able to use your new, beautiful teeth just like your natural ones. To learn more, come visit our office in beautiful Costa Mesa.

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Dr. Eric Vanek, d.d.s

Eric has been a practicing dental surgeon for over 20 years and is the owner of Vanek Dentistry, a family dental practice in Costa Mesa, CA.

Published June 1, 2017. Updated August 17, 2021