Jen Kim: Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental veneers can give you the opportunity to have a beautiful smile free from imperfections. A permanent solution to several cosmetic flaws, dental veneers cost less than you might think while giving you the smile of your dreams.
Who Can Benefit From Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are used to treat several common dental imperfections including teeth discolorations; ridges, grooves, and other malformations; and short, crooked, or widely spaced teeth. Veneers give you the appearance of naturally beautiful, white teeth that are perfectly spaced and shaped.
While dental veneers are an excellent choice to improve many cosmetic dental issues, they are not recommended for everyone. People who have problems with decay or gum disease are not good candidates for dental veneers. Once those conditions are treated, however, you may again become a candidate for dental veneers.
If you grind or clench your teeth, veneers are not a good choice. While porcelain veneers are strong and durable, they are not meant to stand up against the pressure exerted when you grind or clench, and they may fracture or detach from your teeth.
To find out if dental veneers are a good choice for you, call our office and schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Jen Kim in Kirkland, WA.
The Dental Bonding Process
Dental veneers are very thin shells that are bonded to your teeth. For them to fit properly and look natural, we must first remove a layer of enamel. For this reason, once dental veneers are placed, the procedure cannot be reversed.
After your teeth have been prepped, we will take impressions and measurements and send those to our excellent dental lab, which will make your veneers. When the veneers are complete, you will return to our office. We will check the fit of the veneers and make sure they are flawless before bonding them to your teeth.
To prepare your teeth, we will clean and polish them and then etch them. The etching provides a surface for the bonding cement to cling to. When your teeth are ready, we will apply the bonding material to the veneer and then place the veneer on your tooth. Once everything is perfect, we use a special light to cure the bonding cement and permanently attach the veneer to your tooth.
Dental veneers are long lasting, but will need to be replaced in about five to ten years. Continue to see us for your regular examinations and cleanings so we can check on the condition of your veneers and help you keep them in great shape.
To make your dental veneers last longer, practice good dental hygiene habits. While porcelain veneers tend to be fairly stain resistant, remember that certain beverages like coffee and red wine can cause discoloration of your veneers. Do not use your teeth for biting or chewing anything other than foods.