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Bay Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

Everyone wants the confidence that comes along with knowing that you have a bright smile. However, some people just need a little help getting there. Veneers are here to help. The expert team at Bay Dental Group in San Jose, California, has many years of experience installing dental veneers, with wonderful results. To learn more, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment.

Veneers Q & A

What is a veneer?

Teeth are incredibly strong and durable. However, over time it is possible for them to become damaged or altered, either from normal wear-and-tear or from injury or disease. When this happens their strength, functionality, and appearance can become degraded. 

Veneers are thin tooth-colored shells that are placed over the front of the tooth to improve their strength and appearance. You can think of them as durable tooth covers. Because of their design, the veneer is bonded to the tooth and can last between seven and 15 years. The color of the veneer is selected to match that of the surrounding teeth. 

Why are veneers needed?

Veneers can be used for a range of dental issues that affect the strength or appearance of your teeth. These can include:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Teeth with gaps between them 

If you have questions regarding whether veneers are right for you, speak with the experts at Bay Dental Group.

How are veneers placed?

While veneers last for many years, the process for getting them usually requires at least several trips to the dentist. Initially, the team at Bay Dental Group will discuss your desires and goals and examine your teeth. A plan of care will then be developed based on your needs. 

Next, the team prepares your tooth to receive the veneer. This involves sanding off a portion of the tooth that will receive the veneer in order to ensure that it fits right once it is in place. A dental laboratory will also use the time in between your appointments to create the veneer especially for your tooth. 

Your dentist will test the veneer to make sure that it fits, and adjust the color to match the surrounding teeth. The tooth surface is further prepared, and the veneer is bonded into place with special cement. A light is used to cure the cement so that it hardens quickly. Any excess cement is removed before the veneer installation process is complete. 

To learn more about veneers and whether they may help you, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the experts at Bay Dental Group.