Melissa Tuft, DDS General Dentist

Veneers Specialist

Melisa Tuft, DDS

General Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA
Do your discolored, chipped, or worn teeth keep you from showing your smile? If so, it’s time to consider veneers. With Melissa Tuft, DDS, you can finally have confidence in your smile and show those pearly whites whenever you want. In her San Francisco office, Dr. Tuft’s been using veneers to improve smiles and confidence for over 25 years, and she can help you, too. If you want to learn more about veneers, call Dr. Tuft’s office today to schedule your appointment or use the online booking tool, and be one step closer to the smile you’ve always wanted.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are a thin shell made from either porcelain or resin composite that Dr. Tuft adheres to your teeth. With these wafer-thin veneers, Dr. Tuft can change the color, size, or shape of your teeth, making them look whiter, smoother, and more uniform.

Though dental veneers improve how your teeth look, they can also address certain dental issues and offer a level of preventive care to your teeth and gums.

What happens during a dental implant procedure?

Veneers offer a simple solution to many cosmetic dental issues. With Dr. Tuft’s help, veneers can improve how your smile looks and feels and address issues like:

  • Worn enamel
  • Wear-and-tear
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Gaps and spacing
  • Uneven teeth
  • Misalignment

When it comes to stubborn discoloration, veneers can even whiten teeth that don’t respond to professional teeth whitening procedures.

How do veneers work?

During your initial consultation with Dr. Tuft, she examines your teeth to determine if veneers are the best option for you. She looks for any oral health concerns, such as cavities, and develops a treatment plan to address them before you get veneers. During this initial visit, she also helps you choose the best color for your veneers, ensuring it matches your skin tone.

After correcting any dental issues, Dr. Tuft schedules an appointment to prepare your teeth for veneers. She removes about one-half a millimeter of enamel from your tooth’s surface and makes an impression. She sends these impressions to a laboratory, where they make your custom veneers. Depending on your needs, Dr. Tuft may place temporary veneers.

In two to four weeks, your veneers are ready. During this appointment, Dr. Tuft may clean, polish, and etch your teeth to ensure proper bonding. She may place the veneers over your teeth to check the fit and color. If everything looks good, she cements the veneer in place and uses a special light to activate the bonding, which allows the cement to harden and cure quickly.

Once she places your veneers, Dr. Tuft removes any excess cement, evaluates your bite, and shows you your new smile. During a two-week follow-up, she checks to make sure everything functions well.

If you’re ready for a smile you don’t want to hide, book an appointment online or call Dr. Tuft’s office today to see if dental veneers are right for you.

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