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Dr. Leyli Valera, DDS - San Jose, CA

Dr. Leyli Valera offers life-changing ceramic veneers for patients looking to take their smile to the next level. Veneers are a conservative and esthetic option for anyone who is unhappy with the look or feel of their smile, and Dr. Valera will work closely with you to help you achieve your desired results.

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored ceramic shells bonded to the visible sides of your problem teeth. They’re used to correct coloring issues, gaps, minor cracks, or esthetic issues. For those on the fence, Dr. Valera offers a quick and easy smile design consultation, allowing you to get a sense of what the results will look like before you commit. Once your veneers have been designed, you’ll also be able to try them on before they’re placed, guaranteeing you’ll be 100-percent satisfied with the results before they’re final.

Common Questions about Veneers/Aesthetics Treatment

What are veneers? When are veneers used?

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored, ceramic shells placed over the surface of the teeth (typically the front teeth). They’re used whenever a patient is unhappy with the look or feel of his or her smile. Veneers are a great, conservative method of making easy esthetic adjustments, helping you build a smile that leaves you feeling happy and confident.

How are veneers different from crowns?

Veneers are typically used for esthetic purposes, and they are much more conservative than crowns. Crowns are used as a treatment for large cavities or fractures, and they require the removal of more tooth structure before placement. With veneers, you’re not taking down as much of the tooth. Dr. Valera will only drill on the outside portion that’s visible when you smile.

What’s the process? How long do veneers take?

Patients first come in for a consult, where you can discuss what you like or don’t like about your smile. During that appointment, you and Dr. Valera will work together to design the perfect smile for you, based on your goals. She’ll then work with her lab to come up with a smile design, so you can get a sense of what your smile will look like with the veneers in place. At your next appointment, Dr. Valera will prepare your teeth for the veneer and take impressions, which are sent to the lab. You’ll leave that appointment with a comfortable temporary in place, while the lab manufactures your new veneers. After about two weeks, you’ll come in to try on the veneers, making sure they look and feel exactly right. If they don’t, they’ll be sent back to the lab for adjustments. Once you’re happy with your new smile, Dr. Valera will bond the veneers to your natural teeth.

Will veneers stain?

Veneers do not typically stain. Food and drink won’t have an impact on the ceramic.

What happens if my veneers crack?

Veneers are made of durable ceramic and don’t usually crack. However, if they do, they’ll have to be redone. While this is rarely the case, existing conditions such as grinding or clenching can shorten the lifespan of the veneers. These and other factors are considered before the veneers are placed. Dr. Valera will go over any possible risk factors you might have during your consultation, making sure your treatment plan is suited to both your goals and your lifestyle.

Can veneers fix missing teeth?

Unfortunately, veneers can’t be placed where teeth are missing. Veneers are thin shells places over the existing tooth, and they won’t hold in place without that tooth to bond to. However, if you’re missing a tooth, there are plenty of strong options for replacement, including bridges and implants. Dr. Valera specializes in both and will happily talk with you about the treatment options available for missing teeth.

Can veneers fall off? What happens if they do?

In some cases, a veneer might fall off. If that’s the case, and the veneer is undamaged, they can be easily bonded again. If they’re cracked, however, they will have to be replaced.

Why do people choose to get veneers?

Ninety-nine percent of the time, veneers are an esthetic choice. Patients who aren’t happy with their smile, or who don’t like their front teeth, will often choose to make adjustments with veneers. Veneers are a strong, safe, and relatively conservative esthetic solution. Plus, you have the added benefit of trying them on before securing them, so you can make sure you’re happy with your smile before it’s placed.

Will veneers straighten my teeth? What about gaps between teeth?

In certain situations, veneers can straighten teeth. If a tooth is crooked, and needs only a minor adjustment to be perfect, veneers can be a great solution. Veneers can also be used to fix gaps between teeth. There are cases that won’t be fixed by veneers, however, such as a tooth that is sitting in front of another.

If there’s a problem that could be fixed by veneers, Dr. Valera will work with her lab to come up with a smile design for you, so you can see what the final results will be before you commit.

Can veneers be bleached?

Veneers cannot be bleached. They’re matched to the coloring of the existing teeth. Some patients will select to go through an in-office whitening beforehand, so they can get the surrounding teeth to the perfect color before matching and placing the veneers. Dr. Valera will work with you to fully understand your desired results before developing her treatment plan. Her goal is always to accommodate your needs, and make sure you’re happy and confident in your smile.

Can veneers be removed?

In order to place veneers, a small amount of the tooth needs to be shaved down, which removes some of the protective enamel on your teeth. For that reason, you can’t go back to your old teeth after veneers. You can’t just take them off. However, you can adjust them throughout the process to make sure they’re the perfect fit for you. Should your goals change in the future, new veneers can be designed to meet them.

Are veneers covered by insurance?

Because veneers are consider an esthetic option, they’re often not covered by insurance. It depends on your plan, however. If veneers are used to restore function, they might be covered in that instance. Whatever the case may be, Dr. Valera will work with your insurance company to make sure you’re getting the maximum benefits from your coverage. She’ll also go over any financial liability with you beforehand, as well as the many interest-free financing options available through her office.

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