Veneers Specialist

Smiles Dental Spa

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Tracy, CA

Wish you had teeth you were proud to show off? Veneers from Shirley Zhao, DDS, at Smiles Dental Spa in Tracy, California, can improve your smile if your teeth are discolored, stained, or uneven. To find out if veneers can help you reach your cosmetic goals, call Smiles Dental Spa, or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule a consultation today.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment consisting of customized porcelain or resin-composite coverings that mask your natural teeth. They look and feel like real teeth. Veneers are bonded to the surface of your teeth to change their size, color, or alignment and improve your smile.

Veneers address many cosmetic issues, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Yellow, stained, or discolored teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misalignment

If Smiles Dental Spa determines you are a good candidate for veneers, molds are taken to customize the creation of wafer-thin porcelain or resin-composite veneers. The molds are sent to a skilled dental laboratory. You receive a temporary set of veneers to wear while the laboratory creates your permanent veneers.

Veneers are applied during your next appointment. In some cases, a thin layer of enamel is removed from your natural teeth before applying the veneers. Veneers are usually only applied to visible front teeth.

Am I a candidate for veneers?

You’ll visit Smiles Dental Spa for a dental exam to find out if you are a candidate for veneers and if they can achieve the smile of your dreams. Veneers are not available for people with:

  • Extremely crooked teeth
  • Severely misaligned teeth
  • Fragile, damaged teeth
  • Teeth with very large spaces between them

If it’s determined veneers can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, appointments are scheduled to create and apply the veneers to your teeth.

Will veneers damage my teeth?

Applying veneers to your natural teeth does not cause damage as the thin layer of porcelain or resin-composite protects your teeth. Teeth with veneers function normally when biting and chewing foods.

How do I care for veneers?

Taking care of veneers is the same as taking care of natural teeth. Brush and floss twice each day and visit Smiles Dental Spa for twice annual dental cleanings and exams. Veneers are a long-lasting cosmetic restoration that last between 10 and 15 years when properly cared for. Replacing cracked or chipped veneers is possible.

To help extend the life of veneers, avoid biting hard objects like fingernails, pen caps, ice, and chewing hard candy. Also avoid extremely chewy and sticky foods, which could pull the veneer off your tooth.

When you’re ready for an improved Hollywood-style smile, schedule a consultation online or call Smiles Dental Spa for an appointment.