Dentistry by Design Palisades

Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Pacific Palisades, CA

If you have chipped, stained, or oddly shaped teeth, veneers can transform your smile and restore symmetry to your mouth. Maria Tapia, DDS, and the team at Dentistry by Design Palisades in Pacific Palisades, California, offer veneers using different materials. To learn more about the benefits of treatment with veneers, request an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are custom-crafted shells of porcelain or composite resin that your dentist carefully bonds to the front of your natural, permanent teeth. You can get 1-2 veneers, but the team at Dentistry by Design Palisades usually recommends 6-8 veneers. 

What issues can veneers correct?

At Dentistry by Design Palisades, the team uses veneers to address a variety of oral imperfections, including:

  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Severe discoloration
  • Pointed teeth
  • Small teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth

The team also uses veneers to close gaps between teeth. 

What is the process for getting dental veneers?

Getting dental veneers usually requires two appointments. At your first appointment, your Dentistry by Design Palisades provider conducts an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about your goals for treatment. Your dentist might also order a series of X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbones. 

If your teeth and gums appear healthy and there’s no infection present, your dentist prepares your teeth to receive the veneers. They administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort and carefully shave a thin layer of enamel off each tooth, about one millimeter thick. Afterward, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth using dental putty. Your dentist sends your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your veneers.

A week or two later, you return to Dentistry by Design Palisades. At your second appointment, your dentist lines up your veneers with your permanent teeth and bonds them in place. This helps you achieve the smile results you’re looking for. 

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

Only an expert dental team like the one at Dentistry by Design Palisades can determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers. That said, if you’re unhappy with the color or appearance of your teeth, you can probably benefit from cosmetic dentistry. 

The team provides individualized treatment plans based on each patient’s unique goals and expectations. They use this information to design and achieve aesthetic results that are predictable. Before any procedure, your dentist walks you through each and every stage of the treatment process. 

Is it possible to combine veneers with other treatments?

Yes. If you have more than one cosmetic issue you’d like to address, your dentist might recommend a smile makeover. A smile makeover uses several types of cosmetic dentistry to improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, gums, and lips.

To learn more about the benefits of treatment with veneers, make an appointment at Dentistry by Design Palisades today by calling the office or clicking the scheduling tool.