William M. Schneider, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

William M. Schneider, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Walnut Creek, CA

Veneers are the treatment of choice for hundreds of thousands of Americans every year who want a perfect smile. William M. Schneider, DDS, at Walnut Creek, Northern California, has well over 25 years of experience using veneers as a way to restore misshapen, cracked, or stained teeth. He understands that these issues can significantly impact your self-confidence and works with you to find effective and expedient veneer solutions to get you smiling with confidence. Get in touch with Dr. Schneider today by phone or by using the online booking tool to learn more about veneers.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers refer to thin covers that attach to the outside of your teeth to successfully hide imperfections. In most cases, veneers are made out of porcelain and can improve your dental appearance by closing gaps, hiding chipped teeth, or concealing discolored enamel.

You might consider veneers to address misaligned teeth if the misalignment is too minimal for orthodontic treatment. Veneers make uneven or crooked teeth appear straight. Dr. Schneider also recommends veneers to replace worn down enamel. The veneer strengthens your tooth and protects its root.

How are veneers applied to teeth?

The first step to veneer treatment is to make sure they appear exactly the way you want them to.

During an initial appointment, Dr. Schneider works with you to identify a color that naturally blends in with the rest of your teeth. He then discusses the different types of veneers available.

Veneers can be made out of composite resin or porcelain, though Dr. Schneider often recommends porcelain as it most closely resembles natural teeth. Porcelain also resists stain better and lasts longer than resin.

Once you’ve decided on the color and material, Dr. Schneider makes a digital impression of your mouth that he can use as a reference for the veneers. He places a temporary cover on the treatment area until the veneers are ready.

You’ll need to make a second appointment with Dr. Schneider to place the veneers. He uses a special adhesive to place them, which typically only takes a few minutes. It’s simple, painless, and noninvasive.

How long do veneers last?

In most cases, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years, but as time goes by, they might chip or break. This is normal wear and tear. In this case, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider to have them adjusted.

Additionally, your mouth might change over time. This can lead to the veneers not fitting the way they used to. For instance, if your gum recedes or if the tooth under the veneer moves, you’ll need to have your veneer adjusted or replaced.

The lifetime of a veneer heavily depends on the way you take care of it. Remember, it’s meant to emulate a natural tooth, so you should treat it as such. Brush and floss regularly, come in for your bi-annual cleanings, and avoid staining foods and beverages.

If you’ve been itching to get rid of dental imperfections, get in touch with Dr. Schneider today by phone or online to learn more about what veneers can do for you.