What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored sleeves of porcelain that are designed to slip over your teeth and cover the chips, stains, or other cosmetic issues you may have.

Why Should I Consider Veneers?

If you have chipped, stained, broken, crooked, or misaligned teeth, veneers are an attractive option for correcting those problems all at once. While procedures such as whitening can change the coloration of your teeth, other issues require more extensive procedures—inlays or onlays, crowns, orthodontics, etc. If you have mostly cosmetic issues, a custom set of veneers can be designed, fitted, and inserted over your existing teeth, and you have an instant, perfect smile!


What Procedure Is Involved in Having Veneers Installed?

1. Dr. Giraldo will prepare your teeth by removing about one-half millimeter of enamel from the front and the sides of each tooth that will be treated. This makes room for the veneer and prevents the result from looking bulky or unnatural.
2. Next, Dr. Giraldo makes an impression of the prepared teeth and creates temporaries for you to wear while you wait for your veneers to come back from the lab. At this point, Dr. Giraldo will also look for the veneer shade that would be best for you.
3. Once Dr. Giraldo receives your veneers from the lab, you will come in and she will place the veneers over your existing prepped teeth and trim them so that they fit perfectly.
4. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and polished. The veneers are then bonded to your teeth with a bonding cement. Dr. Giraldo will remove any excess cement afterwards.

How Common Are Veneers?

Veneers are a very popular option for patients who want to instantly improve their smile. They are similar to a car seat cover. When the old seats become stained, grimy and torn, and no amount of scrubbing or repair can make them look new again, then a seat cover is a simple solution to restore some of the beauty of the seat. Veneers do the same thing—they restore the beauty of your smile by permanently covering up the wear and tear of the previous years' accumulated staining and damage. One of the benefits of veneers is that they require less preparation of each tooth.

Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?

If your dental issues are mostly cosmetic, then yes, you are potentially a good candidate for veneers. However, you should have Dr. Giraldo do a full dental checkup, and ensure there are no other problems, such as cavities, needing attention. Even so, if other dental problems are successfully addressed, then Dr. Giraldo can fit you for veneers. Dr. Giraldo has years of experience in working with patients to fit them with veneers. Schedule a complimentary consultation in order to understand if veneers will achieve your desired results.


Chairside Veneers

Chairside veneers are an alternative to the porcelain veneers. They require removal of less tooth enamel and can be performed in one visit! Chairside veneers are not as strong or wear-resistant as the porcelain veneers but they are great for patients who need faster results. In one visit, Dr. Giraldo can prepare the tooth, bond and sculpt a composite material, harden the material, and smooth, clean, and polish the material until it looks like a natural tooth. Another benefit of chairside veneers is that they are easy to replace or repair if damaged.

How Do Veneers Compare to Other Cosmetic Dental Options?

Veneers are most popular with patients that have dental issues that span many teeth. Over the years, or through accidental injury, your teeth can become chipped, stained, or misaligned or incur other attributes which spoil their appearance. While one choice is to have each one repaired individually, that can be a lengthy and costly process.