Composite and Porcelain Veneers in Vancouver, WA
Even healthy teeth can become chipped, crooked, or discolored. This can have a negative impact on a person’s confidence and self-esteem. Patients who wish to conceal cosmetic dental imperfections can benefit from veneers. At Creative Smiles in Vancouver, WA, Dr. Carl Futenma offers both composite and porcelain veneers. No matter what your aesthetic needs, we can help you find a treatment that will work for you.
Types of Veneers
Veneers are an effective way to camouflage flaws in your smile. The type of veneer necessary will depend on a number of factors, including personal preferences, treatment time, and budget. At Creative Smiles, we offer two types of veneers, including:
- Porcelain Veneers: Ultra-thin and precisely color-matched to the surrounding teeth, porcelain veneers are custom-crafted in a lab. These restorations are affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth to provide a more uniform and symmetrical appearance. Porcelain veneers are one of the most common cosmetic treatments in dentistry today. With proper care, they can last over 20 years.
- Composite Veneers: Also referred to as bonded veneers or dental bonding, composite veneers are often chosen as a more affordable alternative to porcelain veneers. Composite resin is applied to the teeth, then shaped and polished to a natural, lifelike shine. Composite veneers can be placed in one office visit, and last four to eight years with proper care.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Veneers?
Patients considering dental veneers – or any other cosmetic treatment – should be in good oral and overall health. They should also have clear and reasonable expectations of treatment, and be committed to proper oral hygiene and long-term maintenance. You are most likely a candidate for dental veneers if you have:
- Chipped teeth
- Fractured or cracked teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Gaps or spacing between the teeth
- Tooth discoloration
Dental Veneers: The Placement Process
Your treatment process will depend on which type of veneer you choose. Patients who receive composite veneers will enjoy fast results, as the procedure can typically be completed in under one hour at our office. To place composite veneers, Dr. Futenma will first apply dental etch to the front surfaces of your teeth. This mildly acidic solution will slightly roughen the enamel to encourage bonding. After etching is complete, your teeth will be thoroughly rinsed and dried. Dr. Futenma will then apply the composite resin and shape the material. After hardening the composite with a dental curing light, your tooth will be smoothed and polished to a natural-looking shine. Dr. Futenma will check your bite and make any necessary final adjustments.
Patients who receive porcelain veneers will require a couple of visits. The first step involves removing small amounts of enamel, which is necessary to make room for your new restorations. Next, impressions will be taken of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to our trusted dental lab, where a skilled ceramist will craft your veneers. This process typically takes about one to two weeks. In the meantime, Dr. Futenma will place temporary veneers on your teeth.
Once your veneers arrive from the dental lab, we will schedule you for an appointment. After removing the temporary veneers, your teeth will be etched in preparation for bonding. The porcelain veneers will be carefully applied and bonded to your teeth using a high-grade dental cement. After the cement is cured, Dr. Futenma will check your bite and make any final adjustments.
Learn More about Dental Veneers
If you are concerned about cosmetic imperfections, such as chips, cracks, or discoloration, schedule a visit with Dr. Futenma to find out if composite or porcelain veneers may be a solution for you. Contact us online or call our office at (360) 574-3061.