Dental Veneers

​​Dental Veneers for Your Perfect Smile Transformation

Are you tired of hiding your smile due to stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth? At Smile Expert, our Chula Vista, CA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Nick Addario, offers dental veneers to fully transform your smile. Dental veneers, whether made of porcelain or composite materials, can address a range of aesthetic concerns. 

If you’re interested in enhancing your smile, don’t hesitate to call your Chula Vista dentist at (619) 626-2004.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth, improving their appearance. Available in both porcelain and composite materials, these veneers can address a range of concerns, from discoloration and chips to irregularities in size and shape.

Types of Dental Veneers


Porcelain veneers, crafted from a ceramic material, offer a lifelike appearance with exceptional durability and stain resistance. The multi-visit process involves enamel removal, impressions, and custom fabrication for a seamlessly blended, long-lasting result.


Composite veneers, made from tooth-colored resin, provide a natural look but may require more maintenance. Completed in a single visit, the procedure involves minimal tooth preparation and direct application of the resin, offering a cost-effective and quicker solution. 

The choice between porcelain and composite veneers depends on individual preferences, budget considerations, and specific dental needs. As one of 10 accredited cosmetic dentists in San Diego, Dr. Addario emphasizes the importance of consulting with him for personalized recommendations. 

Benefits of Dental Veneers

  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Veneers provide a natural and appealing look, enhancing the color, shape, and alignment of teeth.
  • Stain Resistance: Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains, maintaining a brighter and whiter appearance over time.
  • Durability: Both porcelain and composite veneers are durable, offering long-lasting results.
  • Conservative Approach: The procedure requires minimal tooth reduction, preserving more of the natural tooth structure compared to alternatives like crowns.

Candidacy for Dental Veneers

Dr. Addario recommends dental veneers for individuals with:

  • Stained or Discolored Teeth: Veneers can effectively mask intrinsic stains that don’t respond well to teeth whitening.
  • Chipped or Worn Teeth: Veneers restore the appearance of damaged teeth.
  • Uneven or Irregularly Shaped Teeth: Veneers can create a harmonious and balanced smile.
  • Small Gaps Between Teeth: Veneers can close minor gaps, providing a more uniform smile.

Dental Veneers Procedure


This is the time to discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you may have. Your Chula Vista dentist will examine your teeth, discuss the veneer options (porcelain or composite), and help you make an informed decision based on your unique needs.


Once you’ve decided to proceed with dental veneers, the next step involves the preparation of your teeth. In this phase, a small amount of enamel, usually less than a millimeter, is gently removed from the front surface of the teeth. This ensures a proper fit for the veneers and allows them to seamlessly blend with your natural teeth. 


The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians use them to create your custom veneers. The design phase focuses on factors such as color, shape, and size to ensure that the veneers match your natural teeth and complement your facial features. 


Once the final veneers are ready, your dentist will check their fit and appearance before proceeding with the bonding process. The veneers are carefully attached to your teeth using a special adhesive. 

Final Adjustments

With the veneers securely in place, Dr. Addario will make any final adjustments. This includes fine-tuning the fit, checking your bite, and making sure the aesthetics meet your expectations. This attention to detail ensures that your new smile not only looks fantastic but also functions comfortably.

Caring for Dental Veneers

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly to prevent gum disease and maintain oral health.
  • Avoid Staining Substances: Minimize consumption of coffee, tea, and red wine to prevent staining.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule routine check-ups to ensure the health and longevity of your veneers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do veneers feel like natural teeth?

Yes, veneers are designed to mimic the natural look and feel of teeth. Once bonded to your teeth, they become a seamless part of your smile, providing both aesthetic enhancement and a natural sensation.

Can veneers be whitened if they stain over time?

While composite veneers can be polished and, in some cases, slightly adjusted in color, porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining. Regular dental hygiene practices and professional cleanings can help maintain their brightness over the years.

How long do veneers last?

With proper care, veneers can last 10 to 15 years or even longer. However, individual factors such as oral hygiene, diet, and lifestyle choices can influence their lifespan. Regular dental check-ups will help monitor their condition and address any issues promptly.

Can veneers fix crooked teeth without braces?

Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes and may provide a limited degree of correction for minor misalignments. However, they’re not a substitute for orthodontic treatments. Your dentist will assess your specific situation and recommend the most suitable solution for achieving the desired alignment.

Your Dazzling, New Smile Awaits!

Dental veneers offer a remarkable opportunity to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of, addressing imperfections and boosting your confidence. Whether you opt for porcelain or the versatile characteristics of composite veneers, the transformative benefits are both personalized and rewarding. 

Schedule a consultation at our Chula Vista, CA, dental office today by giving Smile Expert a call at (619) 626-2004. Our team is proud to serve California patients in San Diego and Chula Vista.