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Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Your teeth go through a significant amount of wear and tear every day. Chips, cracks, stains, and other cosmetic imperfections can arise over time and undermine your smile. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are a simple cosmetic dental treatment that can correct a wide range of aesthetic dental flaws. These porcelain shells fit over the front surface of your teeth to conceal aesthetic drawbacks. Drs. Bryan J. Shanahan and Ryan Tuinstra at Peak Family Dental Care in Flagstaff, AZ, are proud to provide high-quality porcelain veneers that look and feel as natural as the rest of your smile.

Illustration demonstrating how a veneer fits over the front of a tooth.

Concealing Minor Flaws

Eggshell thin, veneers are often recommended to conceal minor cosmetic flaws in the front teeth. In certain cases, they may be a viable alternative to teeth whitening or porcelain crowns.

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Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Almost any patient with cosmetic defects affecting one or more teeth can qualify for veneers. They are most often suggested for:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Misaligned or angled teeth
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowded or overlapping teeth

However, dental conditions such as gum disease or tooth decay take priority over cosmetic treatments. If you have any underlying oral health problems, the doctor will recommend treatment for these first in order to lay the groundwork for long-lasting cosmetic results.

Placing Porcelain Veneers

Treatment begins with a consultation with Dr. Shanahan or Dr. Tuinstra. During this discussion, he will review your oral health, evaluate your smile and bite patterns, and ask about your treatment goals. Based on this conversation, you and your doctor will develop the details of your treatment plan. In some cases, he suggest an alternative treatment that suits your goals more closely, such as dental crowns or teeth whitening

If veneers appear to be an appropriate option, we can schedule your first appointment. Placing veneers typically takes two visits. During the first, the doctor removes a small portion of enamel from the surface of the tooth or teeth under treatment. He will take a conservative approach, removing only enough enamel to create sufficient space between the teeth for the veneers. He can then take impressions of the teeth and make a note of the shade of your surrounding teeth. This information is used by the ceramicist to custom-craft your veneers.

With porcelain veneers, patients can have a natural-looking, camera-ready smile.

In most cases, the veneers are ready within about two weeks. At this time, we will reach out to you to schedule the second appointment to place the veneers. During this meeting, the doctor will first clean and buff your teeth to optimize the bonding process. Next, he will double-check the shape, shade, and fit of your veneer to ensure that it blends in seamlessly with your adjacent teeth. The veneers are then carefully placed over the tooth or teeth and secured with a specialized dental cement.

Getting the Most Out of Your Porcelain Veneers

Although veneers are made of a strong porcelain material, patients will still need to take care of them to ensure they last as long as possible. Patients can get the most out of their veneers by avoiding certain habits that can compromise the integrity of the veneer, like biting their fingernails, or chewing on hard substances like candy and ice. For patients who grind their teeth, the dentist may recommend a night guard to protect their veneers.

Good oral hygiene is another key to extending the longevity of your veneers. Cavity prevention is important, since a decay underneath a veneer can only receive treatment by removing the veneer. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as biannual cleanings from your dentist, help keep your mouth cavity-free.

Enhance Your Smile with Veneers

With porcelain veneers, patients can have a natural-looking, camera-ready smile. You can call us at (928) 774-2500 or contact us online to set up a consultation with one of our dentists.

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This is the best dental office I have ever been to...and believe me I have been to A LOT over the past 10 years!. Each staff member is super friendly and the Dr. Shanahan is an amazing dentist! I highly recommend!

-Kara M.
Flagstaff, AZ