Dental Veneers in Kirkland, WA

Dental veneers in Kirkland, WA can give you a beautiful smile free from imperfections by concealing tooth flaws, including stubborn stains and discoloration. As a permanent solution to several cosmetic flaws, dental veneers cost less than you might think, while giving you the smile of your dreams.

The dental veneer process starts with an exam and veneer chat in our Kirkland, WA dental office with Dr. Jen Kim.

If you’re considering dental veneers, or if you would like more information, read through the frequently asked question below or contact Jen Kim Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an exam with our cosmetic dentist in Kirkland, WA.

What are dental veneers in Kirkland, WA?

Dental veneers are thin waver-like shields bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers conceal a variety of dental flaws, including:

  • Short or worn teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Small cracks in teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gummy smiles
  • Mildly crooked teeth
  • Height discrepancies
  • Discoloration or stubborn brown stains
  • Small gaps between teeth

For many years, dental veneers were a Hollywood secret, but these days, quality veneers are available in your Kirkland, WA dental office.

Are dental veneers right for me?

Dr. Jen Kim will thoroughly evaluate your oral health to make sure veneers are the best option for you. It is also important that veneers give you your dream smile. Dr. Kim will discuss outcomes and give you a good idea of how your smile will look following dental veneer placement.  

At Jen Kim Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, it is our goal to provide the smile you’ve been looking for through cosmetic dentistry.

The good news is that most adults with healthy teeth and gums are good candidates for dental veneers in Kirkland, WA.

Good dental health is a requirement for veneers. If you have any signs of decay or gum disease, these will need treatment before we can place dental veneers. Gum disease is a serious infection of the bones and tissues that keep your teeth in place. When gum disease sets in, your teeth loosen, which makes cosmetic dentistry difficult. However, we can treat your periodontal disease in Kirkland, WA.

Additionally, if you suffer from bruxism, a condition that causes grinding and clenching of the teeth, you will need to have your bruxism evaluated and treated before getting veneers. The pressure created by grinding and clenching can damage the veneers (as well as your natural teeth).

Who can benefit from dental veneers?

Dental veneers treat several common dental imperfections, including teeth discolorations, ridges, grooves, malformations, and smile gaps. Veneers give you the appearance of naturally beautiful, white teeth that are perfectly spaced and shaped.

While dental veneers are an excellent choice to improve many cosmetic dental issues, they are not recommended for everyone. People who have problems with decay or gum disease are not good candidates for dental veneers. Once those conditions are under control, however, you may again become a candidate for dental veneers.

If you grind or clench your teeth, veneers are not the right choice. While porcelain veneers are strong and durable, they are not meant to stand up against the pressure exerted when you grind or clench, and they may fracture or detach from your teeth. Grinding and clenching also compromises your natural teeth, so it is vital to seek treatment for bruxism in Kirkland, WA.

What is the dental veneer process?

Dental veneers are thin shells bonded to your teeth. For them to fit correctly and look natural, we must first remove a layer of enamel. For this reason, once dental veneer placement is complete, the procedure cannot be reversed.

After your teeth have undergone preparation, we take impressions and measurements and send those to our excellent dental lab, which will make your veneers. When the veneers are complete, you will return to our office. We will check the fit of the veneers to make sure they are flawless before bonding them to your teeth.

To prepare your teeth, we will clean and polish them and then etch them. The etching provides a surface for the bonding cement to cling to. When your teeth are ready, we will apply the bonding material to the veneer and then place the veneer on your tooth. Once everything is perfect, we use a special light to cure the bonding cement and permanently attach the veneer to your tooth.

Dental veneers are long-lasting but will need to replacement in about five to ten years. Continue to see us for your regular examinations and teeth cleanings so we can check on the condition of your veneers and help you keep them in great shape.

To make your dental veneers last longer, practice good dental hygiene habits. While porcelain veneers tend to be reasonably stain resistant, remember that certain beverages like coffee and red wine can cause discoloration of your veneers. Do not use your teeth for biting or chewing anything other than foods.

How much do dental veneers cost?

Many people think of veneers as an option that is only available to the rich, but this is no longer true! Veneers are becoming more affordable. While dental insurance does not cover veneers, we can discuss issues like cost and financing and help you find a way to fit veneers into your health or medical budget.

You deserve to have an attractive smile and feel good about yourself, and if you feel like your teeth are holding you back, investing in veneers might be the right option for you.

The cost of veneers and veneer placement will vary based on the number of veneers and your unique oral health situation. But a member of our team will provide a good estimate following your evaluation with Dr. Jen Kim.

At Jen Kim Cosmetic & Family Dentistry it is our goal to help you achieve your best smile.

How do I take care of my dental veneers?

When it comes to dental veneers or any oral restoration or cosmetic appliance, it is crucial to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine.

You also never want to use your teeth to twist off a cap, pull a tight knot loose, or as a tool in any way—this goes for your natural teeth, too.

It’s essential to visit your Kirkland, WA dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleanings. No restoration will protect your gums from periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss, veneer failure, and other systemic infections and health problems. Fortunately, regular dental exams and teeth cleanings can lower your risk for periodontal disease, and with regular exams, your dentist can spot potential problems early.

Following Veneer placement, a member of our team will provide tips and after-care instructions to help you get the longest possible wear out of your new investment. Also, following the placement of your veneers, we are always here to answer any questions that may arise.

Contact Our Kirkland, WA Dental Office Today

For more information about dental veneers and to schedule a consultation, please contact Jen Kim Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today! We look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your smile goals.