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Beautiful Smiles Dental

Zaihly Azar Santana, DDS

Dentist located in San Diego, National City, CA

Veneers are a popular option for patients who want to see quick and long-term improvements in their smile aesthetics. At Beautiful Smiles Dental in San Diego, Dr. Zaihly Azar offers patients the most beautiful, most durable veneer options, including highly popular Lumineers®, super-thin veneers designed to look more like your own natural teeth. Having a great-looking smile is important for your self-confidence, and for older patients, improving your smile aesthetics can take years off your appearance. Contact the office today to learn more about veneers and how they can help you look and feel your best.

Veneers Q & A

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are very thin “covers” for teeth, designed to correct the appearance of a number of cosmetic issues. The veneer material is durable and can be tinted to match your surrounding teeth, enabling it to blend in and look natural. Many patients have their teeth whitened before getting veneers to make sure the veneers match their teeth when they look best.

What kinds of cosmetic issues can be treated with cosmetic veneers?

Veneers are quite versatile - that’s one reason why they’re so popular. Dr. Azar can use veneers to address issues such as:

  • Cracks

  • Chips

  • Ugly stains or deep discolorations that don’t respond to professional teeth whitening

  • Uneven or worn tooth surfaces

  • Gaps between teeth

  • Crooked teeth

  • Teeth that look too small

How are veneers applied?

Applying veneers is a two-step process, which means you’ll need to have two office visits. At the first visit, your tooth will be prepared for the veneer. Dr. Azar will remove a thin layer of tooth material to “make room” for the veneer so it rests level with your other teeth. Then she’ll make an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab where the veneer will be made. She’ll also choose the tint and apply a temporary veneer to protect your tooth. At the second visit, the temporary veneer will be removed, and the veneer will be fitted and applied using a strong adhesive. Finally, the edges will be buffed so the veneer looks and feels completely natural.

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are super-thin veneers made of special translucent materials that look more like your own natural teeth. Unlike traditional veneers that require removal of some of your tooth material, Lumineers can be placed right on your tooth surface without removing any enamel, which means they can be removed in the future if you like. Lumineers require a special application technique to ensure they look their best, and Dr. Azar has completed training to become “Lumineer certified,” so you can feel confident you’ll get great results.

Do veneers require any special care?

No. One of the best things about having veneers is they can be cared for just like your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. To keep them looking their best, avoid biting or chewing on hard substances like ice and hard candy, which can cause your veneers (and your natural teeth) to chip or break.