When you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, it can affect how you interact with friends and colleagues, and it can lower your self-confidence. If you’re part of the majority of Americans — more than half — who feel insecure about their teeth, consider custom veneers

At Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. in Orinda, California, Dr. Ellis recommends veneers to men and women who want to change the look of their smile without extensive dental work. Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that go on the tops of your front teeth. They can be shaded to match your surrounding teeth and are made of porcelain or resin-composite materials.

Since getting dental veneers is one of the easiest and fastest ways to transform your smile, it’s no wonder they’re such a popular treatment. Discover the many ways you can benefit from this proven procedure. 

Veneers cover a variety of common dental issues

Veneers improve your smile by covering a wide range of common dental issues, including:

  • Unevenly shaped teeth
  • Unevenly sized teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Cracked and chipped enamel
  • Stained and discolored teeth
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Misaligned and crooked teeth

Veneers are an ideal solution for adults with stained teeth that don’t respond to conventional teeth-whitening treatments. If you’ve taken medications, had root canals, or your tooth enamel has been exposed to excessive fluoride, dental veneers can permanently brighten your teeth and improve your smile for the long term.

Getting veneers is painless and simple

Typically, the entire process of getting veneers involves two appointments. At the first appointment, Dr. Ellis will remove a very thin layer of enamel from the targeted teeth to make room for the veneers. The amount of enamel removed will be as thin as the veneers themselves, usually about .5 millimeters, or the thickness of a fingernail. 

At your second appointment, Dr. Ellis will clean your teeth and carefully etch the surfaces. Then Dr. Ellis will apply a dental cement that will help the new veneers bond to your teeth. Once she applies the bonding material, she’ll use ultraviolet light to fuse the veneers to your teeth.

One benefit of veneers that not all types of cosmetic dental treatments come with is that nearby teeth are not affected during the procedure. So, for example, if you’re getting veneers on your four upper front teeth, Dr. Ellis just prepares those teeth and leaves all your other teeth intact. 

Veneers are long-lasting

Once your veneers are in place, Dr. Ellis will ensure that they fit perfectly, so they’ll look and feel like your natural teeth. When you leave our office, you’ll be ready to share your new and improved smile with the world. 

With proper care, your new veneers will last up to 15 years. Maintaining a good at-home oral hygiene routine with regularly-scheduled dental checkups will help keep your veneers and all your teeth healthy for years to come. 

Are you ready to change the look of your smile with custom-made veneers? To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. today.