Veneers Specialist

Westside Dentistry

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Santa Monica, CA

Stained, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth can ruin even the most beautiful smile. If you’d like a whiter, brighter, aesthetically pleasing smile without downtime, father-daughter team Charles Wood, DDS, and Jennifer Wood, DDS, can help at Westside Dentistry in Santa Monica, California. They offer porcelain veneers to give you the beautiful smile makeover of your dreams. Schedule an appointment with Westside Dentistry by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin shells often made of porcelain that fit over the front and sides of your natural teeth to restore their function, shape, texture, and color. Veneer placement is a simple cosmetic dental treatment that can drastically improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.

What are veneers used for?

Veneers look and feel like your natural teeth. They can perfect the appearance of teeth that are:

  • Worn down
  • Discolored
  • Misshapen
  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Gapped
  • Crooked
  • Weak
  • Too small

Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting. They require less enamel removal than dental crowns and don’t stain easily.

Are veneers right for me?

To determine if veneers are the right dental restoration treatment for you, your dentist reviews your dental history, examines your mouth, and takes dental X-rays. To be a good candidate for veneers, you must have healthy teeth and gums. If you have dental decay or gum disease, your provider treats it before veneer placement.

What happens during veneer placement?

During the first step of veneer placement, your dentist removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of your teeth. They take impressions or digital scans of your teeth to create new, custom-fit veneers. When the new veneers are ready, your provider makes sure they fit properly and bonds them to your natural teeth, where they remain long term.

How should I care for my new veneers?

Veneers are long-lasting if you care for them properly, but they can break or chip under pressure. To preserve the integrity of your veneers:

  • Don’t bite your fingernails
  • Avoid chewing on ice, pencils, and other hard objects
  • Wear a night guard if you grind your teeth
  • Brush your teeth twice daily
  • Floss every day

Attend routine dental cleanings and exams every six months so your dentist can detect and treat oral health problems before complications arise. Call Westside Dentistry right away if your veneers become loose or damaged. 

If you’re ready for an aesthetically pleasing smile you’re proud to show off, schedule an appointment with Westside Dentistry by calling the office or using the online booking tool.