Transform Your Smile!

When our teeth develop imperfections like chips, cracks, gaps, or stains, we can become very self-conscious about sharing them with others. We may begin to avoid smiling in pictures, change the way we speak to try to conceal our teeth or avoid social gatherings altogether. You can fall in love with your smile again! Our cosmetic dentists can create custom ceramic veneers to enhance the natural beauty of your smile and cover the imperfections that get you down.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers mimic the natural appearance of healthy teeth with their light-reflecting translucency. They are constructed from biocompatible, lifelike porcelain and can effectively cover chips, cracks, and many other cosmetic issues that would otherwise require multiple procedures. This can make cosmetic dentistry more achievable for those who have concerns about the time, cost, and recovery of other treatments.

A patient being colour-matched for veneers in Anchorage, AK.

What Issues Do They Address?

Because this treatment can hide any individual imperfection on the surface of a tooth, you can conceal a variety of cosmetic concerns:

  • Chips or cracks
  • Discoloration and stains
  • Lost height from teeth grinding
  • Minor spacing issues between teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

Types of Veneers

There are two types of veneers commonly used in dentistry: porcelain and composite resin.

  1. Porcelain Veneers: These are thin, custom-made shells crafted from a durable ceramic material that is bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They offer a natural appearance and can last for many years.
  2. Composite Resin Veneers: These veneers are made from a tooth-colored resin material that is directly bonded to the teeth in just one appointment. They are more affordable than porcelain veneers but do not last as long.

Both types of veneers can effectively improve the appearance of stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth. Our cosmetic dentist can help you determine which type of veneer is right for you!

Other less common types of veneers include lumineers, which are ultra-thin and require minimal preparation of the teeth, and zirconia veneers, which are extremely durable and can be used to cover severely stained or damaged teeth.

The Benefits

  • Confidence Booster: Veneers can address chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps, and even slightly misaligned teeth. This means you can smile wide and worry-free, knowing your teeth look their best.
  • Stain-Resistant Smile: Unlike natural enamel, veneers are highly resistant to staining from coffee, wine, and other culprits. This translates to a brighter, whiter smile that lasts.
  • Minimal Maintenance: Veneers require the same basic care routine as your natural teeth – brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. No special products or procedures are needed.
  • Durable and Long-lasting: They can last for 10 to 15 years with proper care.
  • Natural-Looking Enhancement: Veneers are typically made from thin porcelain shells that are custom-designed to match the color and translucency of your surrounding teeth. The result? A beautiful, natural-looking smile!
  • More Than Cosmetic: Veneers can add strength and protection to slightly damaged teeth, offering a functional benefit on top of aesthetics.

Designing And Placing Your Veneers

When you come to us with your cosmetic concerns, your dentist will do a full exam before recommending the best action plan to bring the shine back to your smile. The aim of this consultation is also to figure out if additional restorative procedures will be required before addressing cosmetic problems. This may include fillings, root canals, and periodontal therapy.

Your veneers are custom-made to fit comfortably and flawlessly in your mouth. We’ll take impressions of your bite to carefully shape and design each veneer to achieve the perfect fit. We will also perform preparatory work at your initial appointment, which often requires us to remove a small amount of enamel to help the veneers firmly bond to the surface of your teeth.

Now for the exciting part! We’ll schedule your follow-up visit where we’ll fit your veneers and make any necessary adjustments to ensure they fit right. We’ll check they feel comfortable and that your bite is correct before we permanently bond them in place using a strong dental adhesive.

Your veneers preserve the healthy structure of your teeth beneath them, so it’s important to continue practicing rigorous oral hygiene daily. Brushing and flossing protect your teeth, gums, and veneers from bacteria and food particles, which can cause cavities or gum disease. While your veneers are quite durable, avoid chewing extremely hard materials like ice, fingernails, or animal bones.

Frequently Asked Questions

Restore or Achieve Your Dream Smile with Veneers Today!

Are you ready to experience the transformative power of veneers for yourself? Make your appointment with our skilled cosmetic dentists in Anchorage, AK, to begin your journey to a smile you’ll be proud to show off.