First Impressions Dental Care

Cosmetic Dentists located in King County, Renton, WA

If you have cosmetic imperfections such as crooked teeth, deep stains, chips, or gaps between your teeth, veneers could be the ideal solution to correct those issues so you can enjoy a more beautiful smile. At First Impressions Dental Care in Renton, Washington, Dr. Rick Sodergren and Dr. Deborah Gur-Arie help patients correct an array of aesthetic issues, using the most advanced materials for results that are durable, easy to care for, and naturally beautiful.

Veneers Q & A

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are super-thin porcelain “covers” that are shaped and contoured to fit over the surface of a tooth, correcting the appearance of cosmetic issues such as:

  • Gaps between teeth

  • Chipped teeth

  • Teeth with worn or uneven edges

  • Deeply-stained or discolored teeth

  • Teeth that appear too small or otherwise misshapen

  • Crooked or poorly-aligned teeth

Dental veneers can be tinted to match surrounding teeth so they blend perfectly, creating a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Many people find veneers take years off the appearance of their smile, helping them look more attractive and feel more confident.

How are dental veneers applied?

Dental veneer application usually requires two office visits. During your first appointment, your tooth will be shaped so it’s ready to receive the veneer. Dr. Sodergren or Dr. Gur-Arie will remove a small amount of the tooth surface to provide space for the veneer so the surface of the restoration is level with the surfaces of the neighboring teeth. You can receive a local anesthetic to numb your tooth prior to shaping if needed. An impression will be made and sent to the lab, where experienced dental technicians will carefully craft the permanent veneer. Your tooth will be protected by a temporary veneer in the meantime. At the second appointment, Dr. Sodergren or Dr. Gur-Arie will remove the temporary veneer and carefully clean the tooth surface before fitting and applying the permanent veneer using a very strong dental adhesive.

How long will my veneers last?

Veneers are strong and durable. You can care for veneers as you do your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing along with biannual checkups and cleanings. Like your natural teeth, they can become damaged by biting or chewing on ice or hard substances so you should avoid these activities to preserve your veneers and natural teeth. With proper care, your veneers will last more than a decade.

What happens if my veneers become stained or discolored?

Veneers are designed to resist staining. However, if they do become stained, they’ll need to be replaced. They can’t be whitened like natural tooth surfaces. Many people decide to have a teeth whitening procedure prior to having their veneers applied to ensure their new veneers match their natural teeth at their whitest and brightest.