Dental veneers at Woodard Family Dentistry, are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth, improving their appearance. They are typically made from porcelain or composite resin materials and are bonded to the teeth to enhance their color, shape, size, or length. Veneers are an excellent solution for various cosmetic dental issues, including discolored, chipped, misshapen, or misaligned teeth.

Benefits of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers can provide numerous benefits, making them a popular choice for patients seeking to improve their smiles. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Aesthetic improvement: Veneers can dramatically enhance the appearance of your teeth, providing a natural, beautiful smile.
  • Stain resistance: Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains, ensuring your smile remains bright and white.
  • Durability: Veneers are durable and can last many years with proper care.
  • Preserves more tooth structure: The procedure for applying veneers is less invasive compared to other restorative options, preserving more of your natural tooth structure.
  • Customizable: Veneers are custom made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing a seamless look.

Types of Dental Veneers

There are two primary types of dental veneers: porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers. Each type has its own set of advantages and considerations.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneers. They are made from high-quality ceramic material and are known for their durability and natural-looking appearance. Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains and mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth, producing an aesthetically pleasing result.

Composite Resin Veneers

Composite resin veneers are made from a tooth-colored composite material. While they are not as durable or stain resistant as porcelain veneers, they can provide several benefits. Moreover, composite veneers are less expensive, can be applied in a single visit, and are easier to repair if damaged. Call us to learn more.

The Dental Veneer Procedure

The process of getting dental veneers typically involves several steps, including consultation, preparation, and application. Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, at Woodard Family Dentistry, ensures that each step is performed with the utmost care and precision to achieve the best results.


The first step in the veneer process is a consultation with Dr. Woodard. During this appointment, he will evaluate your dental health, discuss your cosmetic goals, and determine if veneers are the right solution for you. This visit may include X-rays and impressions of your teeth to help create a treatment plan tailored to your needs.


If you decide to proceed with veneers, the next step is to prepare your teeth. Dr. Woodard will remove a small amount of enamel from the front surface of each tooth that will have a veneer attached. This is necessary to create space for the veneer and ensure a natural fit. Once your teeth are prepared, impressions will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory where your custom veneers will be fabricated.

Temporary Veneers

In some cases, temporary veneers may be placed while your permanent veneers are being made. Temporary veneers protect your teeth and provide a preview of the final result.


Once your custom veneers are ready, Dr. Woodard will check their fit and color, making any necessary adjustments. The veneers are then bonded to your teeth using a special adhesive. This process involves cleaning, polishing, and etching the teeth to create a strong bond. A curing light is used to harden the adhesive, securing the veneers in place.

Final Adjustments

After the veneers are bonded, Dr. Woodard will make any final adjustments to ensure a perfect fit and comfortable bite. You will be given instructions on how to care for your new veneers to maintain their appearance and longevity.

Aftercare for Dental Veneers

Proper care and maintenance are essential to ensure the longevity of your dental veneers. Here are some tips to keep your veneers looking their best:

  • Good oral hygiene: Brush and floss your teeth regularly to maintain good oral hygiene. Use a nonabrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the surface of your veneers.
  • Avoid staining foods and beverages: While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, it's still a good idea to limit the consumption of staining foods and beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine.
  • Protect your teeth: Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects like ice, pens, or fingernails, as this can damage your veneers.
  • Attend regular rental checkups: Visit Dr. Woodard regularly for checkups and cleanings. He will monitor the condition of your veneers and ensure your overall dental health.
  • Wear a mouthguard: If you participate in contact sports or grind your teeth at night, consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your veneers from damage.

Common Questions About Dental Veneers

Are Dental Veneers Right for Me?

Dental veneers can address a wide range of cosmetic dental issues, but they may not be suitable for everyone. Qualified candidates for veneers are those with healthy teeth and gums who are looking to improve the appearance of their smile. Dr. Woodard will conduct a thorough evaluation during your consultation to determine if veneers are the best option for you.

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

With proper care, dental veneers can last 10 to 15 years. Porcelain veneers tend to be more durable and longer lasting than composite resin veneers. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene practices are essential to extending the life of your veneers.

Do Veneers Require Special Care?

Veneers do not require special care beyond maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding habits that can damage your teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are crucial to keeping your veneers in excellent condition.

Can Veneers Be Repaired or Replaced?

While veneers are durable, they can still be damaged. If a veneer chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair it, depending on the extent of the damage. In some cases, a damaged veneer may need to be replaced. Dr. Woodard can assess the situation and recommend the best course of action.

Will My Veneers Look Natural?

One of the main benefits of dental veneers is their ability to provide a natural-looking result. Porcelain veneers, in particular, mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Dr. Woodard takes great care in designing and placing veneers to achieve the most natural look possible.

Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?

As with any dental procedure, there are potential risks and side effects associated with dental veneers. Some patients may experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages after the procedure. This sensitivity typically subsides within a few days. In rare cases, veneers may become loose or fall off if not properly cared for. Dr. Woodard will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your veneers to minimize these risks.


Dental veneers are an excellent solution for anyone looking to enhance their smile and boost their confidence. At Woodard Family Dentistry, Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, and his team are committed to providing exceptional dental care and helping patients achieve their dream smiles. Whether you're dealing with discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth, veneers can be a transformative solution. 

Are you ready to experience top-quality dental care for your entire family? Visit Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, at Woodard Family Dentistry, conveniently located at 1020 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. Don't wait any longer to take care of your oral health. Call us today at (509) 924-8585 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our comprehensive dental services.

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