Essenmacher Family Dental

All About Veneers

July 21, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Lindsay M. Essenmacher, DDS
Smiling older couple | Veneers in Northeast Heights NM | Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher

If you are unhappy with the shape or color of your teeth, there are many ways we can improve the appearance of your smile.  One method is to use veneers.  Veneers are porcelain coverings placed on the front side of the tooth to improve aesthetics, including color, shape or length. They are bonded to the tooth surface and cannot be removed at home. Veneers are thinner than a dental crown and you care for them the same way you would a natural tooth.

What to Expect

On the first visit, Dr. Essenmacher will prepare the teeth for the new veneers.  This will often involve some reshaping of the tooth, and then a mold (also called an impression) will be taken to capture the shape of the teeth.  Temporary veneers will be fabricated to wear while the final ceramic veneers are being custom made by the dental technician.  This process usually takes about 2 weeks.  At your second visit, we will remove the temporary veneers and place the final veneers.  Before cementing them, we will show them to you to make sure you are 100% happy with your new smile. 

Because veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth, they can provide many years of use.  Like any other dental work, veneers sometimes need to be replaced if they get chipped, if the gums recede, or if the tooth underneath the veneer gets a cavity. 

Contact Our Northeast Heights, NM

If you would like to learn more about the options you have for improving your smile, contact our comfortable, local dental office today!

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher