Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA

Cosmetic Dentist & Family Dentist located in Albuquerque, NM

When you’re unhappy with your smile, you may try to hide it, but you can get a new, bright smile at the office of Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Nichols offers custom-fit dental veneers to help patients achieve a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. To learn more about veneers, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.

Veneers Q & A

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are used as a covering on teeth to correct minor imperfections, irregularities, and any stains that may be visible. Veneers are custom fit and shaped to your specifications for a great fit. Dr. Nichols proudly offers porcelain veneers and Lumineers, which provide just as much strength in a thinner style of veneer, offering an even better appearance.

When are veneers used?

Veneers are usually placed when you have a tooth that is stained, and bleaching isn’t effective. Dental veneers will cover the full tooth. The veneers are particularly effective against stains on the surface of the teeth that can’t be treated any other way. A veneer will also cover any noticeable gaps or spacing between your front teeth, as well as straighten slightly crooked teeth, to instantly improve your smile. They can also be effective for covering a tooth that is chipped.

 How many appointments does it take to get veneers?

Although each case is different, most patients usually need up to three appointments for proper veneer fitting. The first appointment will be used to evaluate the condition of your teeth and ensure you are healthy enough to get veneers. 

Once this is done, a specific cosmetic dental treatment plan is developed. For the veneer to fit your teeth properly, your natural teeth must be shaped and buffed. This will take place during the second appointment. 

The veneers are fitted and attached to your teeth with permanent cement during the third appointment. It might be necessary for a follow-up appointment to be scheduled a few weeks later to check for any problems.

Which veneers are right for me?

Most patients choose between traditional porcelain veneers and the Lumineers brand. Lumineers are veneers that are equally strong but much thinner than traditional porcelain veneers. Because they’re a durable but ultra-thin alternative, less prep work and tooth reduction are needed to fit them to your teeth. If you choose Lumineers, you usually only require two visits rather than the traditional three. 

The thin shell of Lumineers also affects the appearance of the veneer, giving a translucent appearance that looks a little more like a natural tooth compared to the opaque quality of traditional veneers.

To learn more about the available veneer options and find out if they can improve your smile, call Dr. Nichols or schedule an appointment online.