When you think about transforming your smile from dull to dazzling, you may think the only way to do that is through extensive dental work. However, that may not be necessary. Veneers are a relatively simple, yet highly effective way to correct a variety of common dental flaws. 

Here at Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. in Orinda, California, Dr. Ellis specializes in general, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. She often recommends veneers to men and women who want a more beautiful smile without going through numerous dental procedures. Discover how veneers can transform your smile and boost your self-confidence in just a few easy steps. 

Veneers correct a variety of common dental flaws

Because veneers are so versatile, they can correct a variety of common dental problems. For some adults, veneers are an alternative to braces or orthodontic work. These wafer-thin porcelain shells fit securely on the front sides of your teeth to improve the look of:

  • Uneven spaces between teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Oddly sized teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Stained teeth

Dental veneers also add strength to weak teeth and protect the surface of your teeth from damage. With veneers, you care for them just as you would your natural teeth by brushing, flossing, and avoiding chewing on ice and hard candy to prevent cracks or chips. 

A simple dental procedure

You can have new veneers in just a few appointments. The first is a consultation to discuss your needs and to map out a plan to transform your smile.

When you return to our office the next time, Dr. Ellis prepares your teeth for the new veneers by removing a thin layer of enamel. This allows room for each veneer to fit perfectly on the surface of each individual tooth. Next, a mold of your teeth goes to our dental lab where they create your custom veneers. 

At your next visit to our office, Dr. Ellis cleans your teeth and etches the surfaces to prepare them for the permanent bonding process. She uses dental cement and a light-curing system to securely attach each veneer to the surface of your teeth. When you leave the office that day, you walk away with a beautifully designed, more uniform smile that you’re excited to show off to the world.

Veneers make your teeth a brighter shade of white

Veneers are a great option for people who have deeply stained teeth that don’t respond to professional whitening treatments. Dr. Ellis customizes the color of your veneers so you can get a brighter smile that lasts for 15 years or longer. Since your new veneers are stain-resistant, as long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and come in for regularly scheduled cleanings, your teeth will stay white for a long time. 

Veneers look natural

Porcelain veneers are translucent like the enamel of your natural teeth. This means they reflect light just like your natural teeth for a naturally beautiful smile. If you’re only getting a few veneers, Dr. Ellis matches your veneers to your surrounding teeth so your smile appears flawless and more uniform. 

To learn more about veneers and see if they can transform your smile, book an appointment online or over the phone with Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. today.