Veneers Specialist

Renton Family Dentistry

Catherine Im, D.D.S.

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry located in Renton, WA

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you. So naturally, you want your confidence to shine through, not your discolored or broken teeth. As a trusted cosmetic dentistry expert, Catherine Im, DDS of Renton Family Dentistry helps countless men and women get the smile they deserve through veneers. Whether you know veneers are right for you, or if you still have questions, come into the Renton, Washington office for a consultation. You can schedule your visit either online or over the phone.

Veneers Q & A

Why should I get veneers?

If you’ve ever been envious of a movie star’s seemingly pristine smile, just know that you too can have that brilliant white smile. You should consider getting veneers if you have:

  • Yellow or discolored teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Gaps or spaces in your teeth

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for veneers though. If you have severe damage or decay — or are missing teeth — Dr. Im can help you find a better option for perfecting your smile when you come in for your consultation.

How does a dentist apply veneers?

Veneers become long-lasting dental devices, so prepping your teeth is a major part of getting a set of veneers. Before getting started, your hygienist takes photographs and impressions of your bite. Dr. Im sends your information out to a lab to have your veneers custom designed for you.

During your next visit, you get a thorough cleaning. Then Dr. Im numbs the areas being treated and carefully removes a very small amount of tooth enamel from each tooth. Next, she applies a dental adhesive and individually secures each veneer to each tooth. Once everything is in place, she can go back through and reshape your veneers.

Usually, Dr. Im wants you to come in for just one more visit about a week or two after your veneer placement. This way she can see how well you’re adjusting and correct any issues you may have after living with your veneers.

Are dental veneers permanent?

Veneers aren’t permanent, but they can certainly last a long time if you take care of them. It’s typical for veneers to last 10-15 years before requiring replacement. Just like your natural teeth, veneers can eventually discolor or crack over time. To get the longest-lasting perfect smile with your veneers:

  • See your dentist for a checkup and cleaning twice per year
  • Brush your teeth thoroughly two times per day
  • Floss your teeth every day
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods or foreign objects

If you ever have a veneer fall off, don’t stress. Keep it in a safe place and come into the office as soon as you can. As long as your tooth is healthy and the veneer is intact. Dr. Im simply needs to re-adhere your veneer. However, If the veneer is broken, you may need to get fitted for a new one.