Dental veneers are porcelain or composite restorations that correct or hide imperfections in individual teeth—or create a smile makeover. Dr. Mo Saleh of Vancouver, Washington, will use his advanced cosmetic dentistry training to personalize your veneers and design a smile that complements your facial features and personality. Dental veneers can help your smile look younger and brighter—like beautiful natural teeth.
Types of Dental Veneers
Dr. Saleh offers porcelain and composite veneers.
Dr. Saleh uses ultra-thin porcelain veneers made by his ceramist and the Lumineers brand of veneers. He bonds porcelain veneers over the fronts and sides of teeth.
But if you choose composite veneers, Dr. Saleh will blend dental composite, apply it directly to your teeth, and sculpt it for natural-looking results.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin custom-made shells of porcelain that fit the fronts and sides of your teeth precisely. A single shell covers each tooth. Dental bonding keeps porcelain veneers attached to your teeth.
What Are Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are made from composite resin—a mixture of quartz and resin. While you sit in the dental chair, Dr. Saleh skillfully blends composite and applies layers to create lifelike tooth structure, color, translucence, and gloss.
How Do Dental Veneers Work?
Dental veneers work by hiding imperfections in teeth. Porcelain mimics the color, gloss, translucence, and other characteristics of natural teeth. And Dr. Saleh can blend and layer composites to look completely natural.
Veneers can improve these flaws:
- Poor shape
- Severe discoloration, including fluorosis or tetracycline stains
What Is the Porcelain Veneers Procedure?
The porcelain veneers procedure begins with examining your gums and teeth and taking x-rays to ensure you are in good oral health and that veneers are the correct treatment for your smile. Dr. Saleh will listen as you describe your ideal smile.
Next, he will show you his catalog of smiles to help you choose details for your smile, including:
After you and Dr. Saleh define your smile design, these steps follow:
- Make a wax-up of your smile based on your input, facial features, personality, and his artistic perspective
- Conservatively prepare your teeth as needed, unless you choose no-prep veneers
- Make provisional veneers after you approve the wax model
- Attach the temporary veneers to your teeth for you to wear a week or two to see how your permanent veneers will look and feel
- Make any changes you want until the temporary veneers match your ideal smile
- Give pictures and instructions to his master ceramist for crafting your permanent veneers
- Use a try-in paste to attach the porcelain veneers for you to wear and see how they look and feel
- Give our ceramist instructions for any adjustments you want—or to remake the veneers if necessary
- Bond the veneers to your teeth after you feel completely confident about your new smile
Dental Veneers Before-and-After Photos
The before-and-after photos below are examples of how Dr. Saleh beautifully transforms smiles with dental veneers.
How Long Does It Take to Get Porcelain Veneers?
You can complete the porcelain veneers process in about three visits. But Dr. Saleh does not rush to complete your smile design within a specific time frame. He partners with you and takes time to ensure your smile makeover matches what you envisioned. He will bond your veneers to your teeth only when you are sure that you love your smile.
Do Porcelain Veneers Hurt?
Porcelain veneers do not hurt. Dr. Saleh will use local anesthetic as needed to prevent you from feeling pain if your teeth require preparation. Let us know if you have dental anxiety, and Dr. Saleh will explain sedation options to help you remain calm and relaxed throughout your visit. After treatment, you may feel some temporary sensitivity in your teeth.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
High-quality, well-bonded veneers can last seven to 20 years or longer. But you must practice good oral hygiene and get routine exams, checkups, and maintenance from an advanced cosmetic dentist to help preserve your veneers.
What Is the Composite Veneers Process?
Composite veneers are handcrafted while you sit comfortably in a dental chair. During the procedure, Dr. Saleh will do the following:
- Clean, rinse, and dry your teeth
- Lightly etch each affected tooth
- Apply one layer of composite at a time and harden it before applying the next layer
- Complete and sculpt layers as required
- Refine tooth color and shape
- Polish each tooth
How Long Does It Take to Get Composite Veneers?
The time it takes to get composite veneers includes several factors, including the condition of your teeth, how many teeth are affected, the desired results, and what Dr. Saleh must do to achieve the results. Remember—composite veneers are handcrafted directly on your teeth. Before treatment, Dr. Saleh will estimate the length of your case.
How Long Do Composite Veneers Last?
Composite veneers last an average of five to seven years. But if you take good care of your veneers, they can last longer. Composite is not as durable as porcelain, so the veneers must be replaced sooner.
How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost?
The cost of dental veneers varies depending on the dentist, where you live in the country, and whether you want porcelain or composite veneers. Porcelain veneers cost an average of $1500-$2500. Composite veneers are often less expensive. See the cost of Dr. Saleh’s dental veneers on our fee guide.
How Do You Care for Dental Veneers?
You can care for your dental veneers as you would your natural teeth.
- Brush and floss – Brush your teeth at least twice daily with non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Floss daily.
- Protect your veneers – Please let us know if you clench or grind your teeth. Dr. Saleh can make a custom nighttime mouth guard for protecting your teeth and veneers while you sleep.
- Keep dental exam appointments – Professional cleanings and exams are essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. During your visits, we will ensure your veneers are well-maintained.