Michelle de la Vega, DDS -  - Family Dentistry

Genesis Dentistry Dental Group

Michelle de la Vega, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Santa Clara, CA

If you ever wish you could easily replace one or several of your teeth for a better-looking smile, veneers are the solution for you. At Genesis Dentistry Dental Group in Santa Clara, California, Michelle de la Vega, DDS, uses porcelain veneers and ultra-thin Lumineers® to discreetly cover your teeth and make them look flawless. To see if veneers can correct your imperfections, call Genesis Dentistry Dental Group or book an appointment online today.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are a type of dental prosthetic that attaches to the front of your teeth to conceal various flaws in your smile. They stay on your teeth permanently as long as you avoid biting rock-hard objects and can make it look like you’ve had much more extensive dental work. 

You might turn to veneers to cover:

  • Misshapen teeth
  • Small teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Tooth decay
  • Discoloration that doesn’t lighten with whitening treatments

At Genesis Dentistry Dental Group, Dr. de la Vega and her team create your veneers using the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth as a template. Once your veneers are attached, they fit right into your smile. Most people won’t know that you have anything unnatural in your smile. 

What are my choices for veneers?

When it comes to veneers, you have two main choices. Dr. de la Vega helps you weigh the pros and cons of each to decide which is the right type for your cosmetic corrections. Your options are:

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers, the traditional option, look and function much like your natural tooth enamel. They’re thin, but strong, and can be matched to the natural color of your teeth. 

Before attaching them, Dr. de la Vega numbs your mouth with local anesthesia and removes some of your enamel before taking an impression of your teeth. This ensures that the veneers won’t look bulky in your mouth. Once attached, they last between 10 and 20 years.


Lumineers are a specialized brand of veneers that are ultra-thin and translucent. Unlike porcelain veneers, they don’t require anesthesia or grinding down the enamel to make space. This means you can have them removed at any time to return your smile to its original state. They last for more than 20 years if you take care of them properly.

How should I care for my veneers?

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are both durable enough that they don’t require much more attention and care than your natural teeth. Of course, you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to keep them clean and visit Genesis Dentistry Dental Group for regular cleanings.

Porcelain is prone to staining, so Dr. de la Vega recommends avoiding staining substances like coffee, fruit juice, and cigarettes. Due to normal wear-and-tear, your veneers need replacing eventually, even if you don’t break them. 

If you’d like to improve your smile with veneers or Lumineers, request an appointment at Genesis Dentistry Dental Group by phone or online today.