Veneers – Littleton, CO

Conceal Your Flaws Once & For All

Every dentistry patient at Blue Sage Dental deserves a flawless smile, but unfortunately, not every patient is born with a smile they adore. At our Littleton dental office, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to create flawless smiles. One of the most popular solutions we provide is porcelain veneer treatment. Many patients avoid cosmetic dentistry because they think they’ll need to spend weeks or months undergoing costly treatments, but porcelain veneers are quickly placed over the course of two appointments. If you want to find out more, please contact our Littleton dental office. We’ll schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation to discuss your current smile and desired appearance, and help you create the right cosmetic dentistry plan to meet your needs, using veneers in Littleton, CO.

Why Choose Blue Sage Dental for Veneers?

  • No-Mess Digital Impressions
  • High-Quality, Natural-Looking Materials
  • Dentist with an Artistic Eye and Attention to Detail

What are Veneers?

Veneers color options

Veneers are thin sheaths of dental-grade porcelain used to correct or conceal smile flaws. They are attached to the front-facing surfaces of teeth. Before placement, veneers resemble a fingernail in size and shape. Once in place, they blend seamlessly, and you’re able to share a flawless smile with complete confidence.

Who Should Consider Veneers?

Woman's smile compared with veneer shade options

Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic dentistry option for patients in a variety of situations, including:

  • To conceal deep-set staining on teeth that will not be removed with traditional teeth whitening
  • To correct mild smile misalignment like crowding or large gaps between teeth
  • To create a more balanced overall smile appearance

How are Porcelain Veneers Placed?

Animated smile during veneer placement

Veneers are placed over the course of two dental appointments. At the first visit, we numb the area to be treated. Then, a small amount of tooth structure is removed. This allows the veneers to lay flat within the natural line of the smile. Once teeth are prepared, we capture bite impressions that will be used by our lab to craft your custom veneers. Before you leave the first appointment, we attach temporary veneers. This allows you to get used to the look and feel of your smile and protects the prepared teeth. Once we receive the final restorations from our lab, you can return to the dental office for your second appointment. During this shorter second visit, we remove your temporary veneers and attach your custom veneers in Ken Caryl.

How do I Take Care of My Veneers?

Woman looking at smile after veneer treatment

Once your veneers are in place, you should consider switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste. We can make recommendations to help you find the best oral hygiene products. Using waxed floss may also be preferable to avoid pulling on the veneers that may occur with more fibrous materials. Unlike other restoration materials, porcelain is stain-resistant, so you can continue to enjoy your morning cup of coffee or spaghetti with red sauce without worrying about discoloring your veneers. Of course, you’ll need to visit our Littleton dental office twice a year for dental checkups. If there are any concerns with your veneers, we can often repair them.

Porcelain Veneers FAQs

Are you interested in enhancing your pearly whites to create your dream smile? Would you like to learn more about porcelain veneers in Littleton before committing to getting them? Our team at Blue Sage Dental understands the importance of being able to feel confident about showing off your teeth. In the section below, we’ve compiled and answered some of the most frequently asked questions that our team gets about the veneers process. If you have a question about veneers that isn’t answered on this page, feel free to give our dental office a call and ask away!

How Are Porcelain Veneers Different from Dental Crowns?

Veneers and crowns are both kinds of dental restorations that are placed over a tooth to improve its appearance. The main difference is that while a veneer only conceals the front-facing surface of a tooth, a crown covers the entire visible portion of a tooth. While both treatments can be used to perfect cosmetically flawed teeth, crowns also provide restorative benefits in that they protect a vulnerable tooth from damage. However, more enamel removal is required before placing a crown than a veneer, so veneers are a more conservative treatment.

Does Getting Veneers Hurt?

Depending on the number of veneers you’re receiving, you’ll likely be given a local anesthetic before the procedure. This numbs the area of your mouth we’ll be working on, so you shouldn’t feel a thing during your appointment. After we prepare your teeth for veneer placement, you may experience some soreness in your teeth, gums, or even your jaw. This is perfectly normal, especially for larger cases, and should subside within a week or two.

Are There Any Foods I Should Avoid After Getting Veneers?

To make your veneers last, it’s best to avoid foods that could chip, crack, or otherwise damage one. This includes foods like hard nuts, popcorn kernels, caramel apples, hard bread, and extremely chewy or hard candy. Your cosmetic dentist in Littleton can provide you with a list of tips to ensure your veneers stay in great condition for as long as possible.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

The price of getting veneers is highly dependent upon how many you’re receiving and where in your mouth they’re being placed. The more dental imperfections you’re concealing, the more you’ll end up paying. While most dental insurance policies don’t cover the cost of elective procedures like veneers, our team is more than happy to file claims on your behalf and maximize any benefits you may have available.

Are Veneers Permanent?

Because the placement of veneers requires altering your natural tooth structure, it is considered a permanent procedure. However, once cemented into place, veneers can last up to 20 years before they must be replaced. This makes them a worthwhile investment, especially since they deliver stunning and lifelike results. In fact, many of our patients have stated that veneers are well worth the investment.

What Happens to the Teeth Under Veneers?

Before bonding your veneers to your teeth, your dentist will have to shave off a small amount of enamel from the front side. This is to make space for the porcelain shells to keep them from protruding awkwardly or appearing bulky. Additionally, since your veneers will cover the exposed area, the procedure will not raise your risks of developing cavities. However, the rest of your natural tooth will still need to be protected from bacteria and infection. Simply practice regular dental care like brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash every day. You should also refrain from overindulging in sugary treats or starchy foods, which can be detrimental to your pearly whites. Schedule routine dental visits with us so that we can help keep your smile clean and prevent more serious complications from starting.

Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?

Veneers are typically constructed out of porcelain material, which is non-porous. This means they’ll be highly resistant to staining, as the dark-colored particles from foods and drinks will have a more difficult time slipping beneath the surface like your natural teeth. For this reason, you should be able to enjoy most of your favorite meals and beverages, such as a warm cup of coffee, without worrying much about stains. However, keep in mind that your veneers will not be completely stain-proof, as excessive exposure to dark-pigmented foods can cause your brand-new teeth to discolor over time. Be sure to drink beverages like coffee in moderation to make the most of your results.

Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?

Some patients do have difficulty pronouncing specific words, phrases, or sounds when first receiving their veneers. This can result in a slight and temporary lisp. Partially due to muscle memory, your tongue will not be accustomed to the presence of the porcelain shells, as it may tell the difference in thickness when you speak. This can usually occur when pronouncing the “s” and “v” sounds. Even so, your tongue should adjust to your veneers by itself with time and practice. If necessary, your dentist may be able to slightly minimize the thickness of your porcelain layers in a particular area to get rid of a lisp.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

According to a study by Beier in 2012, from a sample of 318 veneers, 95% lasted 5 years, 94% lasted 10 years, and 83% lasted 20 years. This means you can be sure to expect your porcelain shells to have a high success rate and can enjoy them for many years. The majority of veneer failures are usually attributed to chips, fractures, and cracks that occur due to not properly preserving them. As long as you practice proper care for your results, you may even be able to extend their lifespan to 30 years or more. Make sure to keep a solid oral hygiene routine (brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash frequently) and avoid biting down on hard or crunchy foods.