A FLEXIBLE SOLUTION TO DENTAL ISSUES: COMPOSITE VENEERS
Dental veneers solve a variety of problems. Many of our patients come in with teeth that are severely worn down, uneven, spaced, or discolored.
Composite veneers are perfect for these issues! We use them when teeth are not severely damaged or infected—when you don’t need fillings or braces.
Each veneer creates a new surface for a tooth.
That tooth has an underlying structure that is healthy enough, but it needs a new covering, which:
- Make it less distracting for other people.
- Shows your smile in the best light.
- Communicates your position in life.
- Gives you confidence in social situations.
- Makes you excited to pose for pictures.
Keep in mind: Your teeth can look better. Tell us your goals, and we’ll craft your solution.
HOW DO VENEERS SOLVE COSMETIC ISSUES?
When you get composite veneers that cover some of your teeth, your whole smile will be different, yet look natural. We craft each veneer to look like your nearby teeth.
We use veneers for:
- WHITENING: Veneers are like adding a new layer of paint to discolored or stained teeth.
- SHAPING: We give a crooked or misshapen tooth a much more attractive shape.
- HIDING GAPS: We use veneers to slightly extend the sides of teeth to make gaps vanish.
- STRAIGHTENING: When a couple of uneven teeth throw off a whole row, veneers make those look straight.
Is the eye drawn to a particular issue in your smile? Veneers will solve that distracting area so that people instead look at the beauty of your whole smile.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE VALLEY DENTAL SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR VENEERS
At Valley Dental Solutions, we serve Chandler patients who know what they want and have a schedule to keep. You want your smile to look great, and you want solutions fast.
We get that. Our three dentists have a wide range of world-class education, experience, and technology to solve your cosmetic dentistry issues while keeping your dental and oral health high.
We focus on your particular goals and needs. If we can use cosmetic or restorative dentistry to give you more confidence to achieve your goals, even better.
Call Valley Dental Solutions for an appointment!
BENEFITS OF COMPOSITE DENTAL VENEERS
We Give Composite Veneers A Natural Color And Appearance.
Your dentists are trained and experienced with many different types and varieties of dental resin, which:
- Have specific different colors to mimic natural tooth colors.
- Have different levels of transparency.
Your dentist will select the best colors to fit with the rest of your smile. He will add layer after layer in the optimal pattern to mimic the reflective qualities of tooth enamel.
At the same time, your dentist will shape the resin into a great-looking shape, using his knowledge from looking at thousands of teeth in his career. Your tooth will imitate other amazing teeth, while—crucially—looking at home in the rest of your smile.
Veneers Resist Stains.
Veneers are built to last for many years—and they resist stains better than your natural tooth enamel.
Of course, teeth and veneers can be stained. If you want to keep them looking as white as the day we put them on, be aware:
- Drinks with concentrated color in them can stain veneers, including red wine, coffee, and tea.
- The nicotine in cigarettes often leaves yellow or brown stains on veneers.
Veneers are more stain-resistant than your tooth enamel, but you’ll still want to take great care of them. That’ll keep your smile looking great.
Keep a regular schedule of professional teeth cleaning appointments, along with brushing and flossing. It’s a little like giving your favorite car a good wash, showing you value it.
Veneers Make Teeth White Again.
We sometimes use veneers instead of whitening treatments. Some patients have gotten ongoing whitening treatments in the past—or retail whitening products—but then replaced them with veneers.
Problem stains and discoloration on teeth are sometimes resistant to traditional whitening. After several whitening treatments, you still might not be satisfied with the results.
With veneers, we cover up the teeth with the greatest problems, solving the discoloration problem in a single appointment. Plus, veneers are more resistant to further staining in the future.
If you’re not sure that whitening treatments will ever fully solve your cosmetic issues—dragging on into many appointments—veneers are a single expense and limited time commitment that solves the problem.
Veneers Don’t Require Tooth Reshaping.
Let’s compare veneers to other dental solutions. For example, a dental crown covers a tooth and gives it a beautiful new shape.
However, before we can bond a dental crown to your tooth, we have to remove a significant portion of the tooth. The tooth will never be the same. It’s irreversible.
Another solution is a porcelain veneer. With these, dentists remove the natural enamel from the front of a tooth before bonding a custom veneer to it. Again, your tooth is altered forever.
In contrast, composite veneers at Valley Dental Solutions don’t require your tooth to be reshaped. We slightly roughen the surface before we bond a veneer to a tooth. We can remove a veneer later.
HOW DOES THE VENEERS PROCESS WORK?
Consultation And Goal-Setting
In our patient-centered clinic, the first step is always talking with you, understanding your goals (and dreams!), and answering your questions. You deserve to completely understand your options.
Next, we’ll get ready for a successful treatment, using a professional examination of your teeth and dental health. This could include dental x-rays when needed. We could also review any dental and medical records you have.
By fully understanding your unique oral and dental health, we give you the greatest chance of having a successful veneer placement and avoiding any underlying issues, such as cavities.
Your dentist will also make sure you know what to expect and anything you need to do to enjoy your veneers for many years.
Composite veneers only need a minimum of preparation before bonding. Of course, we want your teeth and gums to be healthy to avoid later complications, so we will recommend professional cleaning as needed.
Then, we get your teeth ready to bond with the dental resin. There is a major difference between porcelain and composite veneers here:
- Porcelain: Require a layer of your enamel removed first.
- Composite (the type we offer): Only a roughening of the tooth to make a better bond.
When we are going for a minor change in shape or color, we don’t change the shape of your tooth itself. We bond the resin to it after slightly roughening it with a liquid. This is reversible.
If we would need to alter your tooth more, we’ll discuss it first.
Building The Veneer
The actual veneer placement is as much art as science. During a single appointment, your dentist will lay down layer after layer of resin in a specific pattern.
We select resin materials that mimic the shades of your other teeth. Your treated teeth will fit right in—looking great without standing out.
During the layering process, your veneers will be firmly bonded in place, making them as secure as possible for everyday life. We also use a curing light to harden the resin.
In the later stages of the process, your dentist will trim each veneer—possibly several times. This is crucial for finalizing the shape of each veneer.
Lastly, the doctor will polish the veneer, getting it as close as possible to the reflective qualities of a natural tooth.
Finishing The Appointment—And Beyond
Once your veneers are bonded in place, your dentist will stand back and make any adjustments needed for the best smile possible. We want to give you a smile we’re both proud of.
We often schedule another appointment within the next several weeks. We want to do whatever you need to make you happy with your smile, along with making sure your body is reacting well to the veneers.
Of course, scheduling regular exams and cleanings is crucial for anyone, especially when you have veneers. Cleanings will help your whole smile continue to look great, keeping your confidence high.
Your dentist will also give you helpful tips for maintaining the color of your veneers at home, such as avoiding drinks that would stain them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED COMPOSITE VENEERS QUESTIONS
Who Can Get Dental Veneers?
One of our top priorities is your success. We will recommend treatment options for you when they have a very high chance of meeting your goals for both the short- and long-term.
So, we will advise you about veneers when they are most likely to solve your dental issues, meet your goals, and work well with your unique oral and dental environment.
More specifically, a good candidate will:
- Have minor cosmetic issues: Such as discoloration, slightly misshapen teeth, and the like.
- Maintain good oral health: You’ll need good habits of teeth brushing and flossing, along with no history of clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Not require restorative work: If your teeth need crucial repairs, we’ll focus on those first.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Composite Veneers?
Some patients prefer porcelain veneers—or other options—over composite veneers. However, composite veneers are perfect for other patients. It depends on the situation.
Porcelain veneers are a little more durable than composite veneers, meaning they last longer. Composite veneers can sometimes be damaged. That’s why it’s best if you have no history of tooth grinding.
However, if a porcelain veneer does get damaged, a dentist often has to completely replace it, whereas we can repair a composite veneer since it is our creation from layers of resin.
Porcelain veneers are also a little more resistant to stains from pigmented drinks and other sources. However, it’s possible to reduce your intake of certain drinks and keep your composite veneers clean.
What’s The Lifespan Of Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are made of layers of flexible material, which we harden at the office. That means they don’t last forever.
But you can keep them in good repair for between 4–8 years. Schedule regular appointments here at Valley Dental Solutions, and we’ll do all we can to keep them clean and durable.
Of course, people sometimes chip their veneers during an accident or mishap. In those cases, we can repair a veneer using new resin during a short treatment.
Teeth grinding and clenching shorten your veneers’ lifespan. We can discuss solutions to reduce these issues. There are steps you can take—which will also improve the health of your other teeth.
How Do I Care For My Dental Veneers?
Often, taking care of dental veneers can be as simple as brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist every six months.
But here are a few tips for the diligent patient who wants to keep their veneers pristine:
- Get a toothbrush with softer bristles. Be a little gentler on your new veneers.
- Brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee or red wine and after eating acidic or sugary foods.
- Don’t use toothpaste that includes baking soda. It can wear down veneer resin faster.
- Choose a polishing toothpaste made especially for veneers.
- Don’t smoke. If you’ve wanted to quit before, this might be the perfect time. Smoking stains your natural teeth and veneers.
What’s The Price Of Each Veneer?
Your overall price tag will depend on how many veneers you need and any related services. We would be happy to generate a specific price and payment plan during your consultation.
In general, the cost of each veneer ranges from $250 to $1,200 per tooth. Keep in mind that porcelain veneers, in contrast, cost about double this amount per tooth.
Even if price is not your main concern, we’ll make sure to keep you well-informed, because your insurance may not cover cosmetic dentistry.
Let us know if you would like to set up a payment plan, want help talking with your insurance company, need information on your HSA or FSA plan, or have any other financial questions.
SCHEDULE A TRANSFORMATIVE VENEERS CONSULTATION
What goals are important to you for your smile? Maybe you want:
- White teeth.
- No more stains.
- A straight, even smile.
- Reshaped teeth.
- No more gaps.
We use composite veneers to solve a wide range of cosmetic dentistry issues. By covering the front of your visible teeth, we can transform your smile.
Valley Dental Solutions has been practicing in Chandler for more than 12 years. We’re a patient-centered clinic that stands on the latest dental training and technology to serve you.
Our three dentists—long-time residents who care about this community—truly enjoy dentistry and helping you get greater confidence in your smile and better dental health. We want to help you get rid of any stress you’ve had about dental problems.
So, tell us your goals, and your dentist will recommend a treatment that has helped similar patients in the area. You can even see before-and-after pictures of patients here on our website.
During your consultation, we’ll answer any questions and help you understand your options. We’re always happy to educate our patients and empower them to make great decisions for their health.
Call Valley Dental Solutions now to schedule a same-day dental veneer treatment and find the best version of your smile.
Detailed Dental Imaging
- Safer | Digital x-rays use 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. They are safe for everyone, even those who are pregnant.
- Immediate | X-rays make for a quick diagnosis that can give you answers and present solutions faster than ever.
- Precise | We can also zoom in on the image to get a clearer, more precise view of any problem areas.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Examining Your Teeth and Gums
Our general recommendations for good oral health include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day.
- Flossing at least once a day.
- Avoiding biting on hard objects like ice cubes or pencil ends.
- Using a mouthwash with fluoride.
General dentistry is all about preventing oral issues that can be painful, debilitating, and expensive to treat. While Valley Dental Solutions can do a lot to help with that, so can you! Setting a daily routine for yourself can make a big difference.
Just like you need to wash your hair regularly, your mouth needs personal hygiene too. You’ll want to make sure you’re keeping it clear of bacteria as much as possible.
Brush twice a day, first thing in the morning and before bed. This gets rid of all the bacteria that develop while you sleep and the food remnants from your meals during the day. Make sure to get all of the surfaces of your teeth, and don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Floss at least once a day at bedtime. This helps you get all the food out of the cracks between your teeth so bacteria doesn’t have any leftovers to snack on while you’re sleeping. Flossing is one of the best things you can do to prevent gum disease.
Rinse with mouthwash. After flossing, food and plaque debris can still be floating around your mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash can wash out those particles and leave your mouth clean and fresh. Many mouthwashes strengthen and protect your teeth against harmful bacteria.
Visit our office every six months. While brushing and flossing at home are both helpful and necessary for good oral health, only a deeper cleaning can continue to get rid of tartar and plaque. We also polish your teeth after a cleaning so they shine and feel smooth.
Red, Tender, Swollen, or Receding Gums
Many of these symptoms point to gum disease, a common yet serious issue that needs to be addressed quickly. There are regenerative gum disease treatments that can bring back your oral health.
Persistent achy teeth can signify a tooth infection. Regenerative root canal therapy can remove the infected tissue from inside a tooth with advanced technology and provide relief for toothaches.
Loose Permanent Teeth
Only baby teeth should fall out. If you start to notice that a permanent tooth has come loose, that is a dental concern. Dentists can diagnose and treat underlying issues and possibly save your tooth.
Unusual Tooth Sensitivity
It’s normal to feel some sensitivity to extremely hot or cold foods, but if this sensation becomes extremely painful or occurs frequently, there may be an underlying issue like a cavity or infection.
Some headaches and jaw aches are due to nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism) or issues with the TMJ. The temporomandibular joint is susceptible to injury, but many TMJ disorders are easily treated.
Persistent Mouth Sores
Mouth sores that keep returning or won’t go away could be a symptom of allergies, disease, or even cancer. Getting these sores looked at by a dentist can get you treatment and peace of mind.
Saliva is important to keeping your mouth clean and helping you break down food. You may experience dry mouth if you sleep with your mouth open or if you have issues with your saliva glands.
Persistent Bad Breath
Chronic bad breath can be caused by:
- Improper dental hygiene.
- Eating a diet poor in nutrients.
- Dry mouth, often from sleep apnea.
- Gingivitis or advanced gum disease.
- Liver or kidney infections or diseases.
Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy is an essential part of good oral health. Your hormone levels change drastically and can put you at risk for gum disease, halitosis, and other issues.
Visiting a dentist every six months is important for your oral health, but sometimes dental concerns arise between visits. Below are other concerns that should be examined and diagnosed by a dentist.