Downey Smile Center
Dentists located in Downey, CA
If chipped teeth, gaps, or discoloration are making you ashamed of your smile, the dentists at Downey Smile Center can fix it right up for you. Won Young Kim, DDS, offers veneers as a quick and easy solution for these minor issues at their Downey, California, office. When you look in the mirror, you should be proud of your smile, so call the center to set up your initial evaluation.
Veneers Q & A
What are veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells applied to the surface of the teeth. The tooth-colored porcelain is designed to cover minor chips, fill gaps, or camouflage discoloration to improve your smile. Veneers provide a suitable middle ground between crowns and bondings when you want more than just a touch-up but less than a full crown.
In some cases, veneers are all it takes to improve your smile, instead of other costly, invasive procedures. Veneers are used to improve the appearance of:
- Misshapen teeth that have been worn down, broken, or chipped
- Misaligned teeth with slight gaps or ridges
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Discoloration from medication, fluoride, stains, or root canals
How are veneers applied?
Before you get your veneers, you’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim to discuss your particular needs and determine if you’re a good candidate. Then, the dentist takes impressions of your teeth and sends them off to have your veneers designed.
The application procedure is quick and painless. Your dentist cleans, polishes, and sands down your enamel to prepare your teeth for application. He then applies the veneer temporarily and adjusts its shape and color until it’s perfect.
Once the veneer is designed, the dentist applies cement to the veneer and place it on the tooth. He shines a special light beam on the bonding cement to set it within seconds. After that, the dentist examines the final veneer, removes any extra cement, and files it down to accommodate your natural bite.
How do I take care of my veneers?
You can brush, floss, and rinse your veneers just like you do your normal teeth. Veneers resist stains better than regular enamel, so they make it even easier to maintain your smile.
Veneers typically last about 7-15 years before you need to replace them they need to be replaced. One of the best preventive measures you can take to give them a longer life is to avoid biting hard objects like your nails or using your teeth to tear open packaging. You won’t want to risk chipping your veneers because there’s no way to patch them.
If you’re ready to improve the appearance of your smile, make an appointment to discuss veneers with the trained staff at Downey Smile Center.