Veneers Specialist

OC Lakes Dental

Aaron M. Takigawa, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Dentist located in Woodbridge, Irvine, CA

Dr. Takigawa has extensive experience in the use of strong, durable, custom-tinted veneers to help patients throughout the Woodbridge, Irvine, CA, area. Custom veneers correct aesthetic issues like cracks, chips, stains and gaps between teeth so patients can improve their oral health while feeling more confident about the way their teeth look.

Veneers Q & A

What is a dental veneer?

A dental veneer is a very strong, tooth-colored covering that is adhered to the front surfaces of the teeth. Veneers are often used to correct cosmetic damage like chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, teeth that appear too small, uneven or worn tooth edges, and staining that doesn't respond to teeth whitening. Veneers are custom made using state-of-the-art technology and materials that can be custom-tinted to match your own teeth for a completely natural-looking result.

How is a veneer applied?

Veneers usually require two office visits. During the first visit, a very small amount of material will be removed from the surface of the tooth to make room for the veneer so its surface is even with the teeth on either side of it. An impression will be made of the tooth and sent to the lab where the veneer will be created. A temporary veneer may be placed over the tooth during the first appointment to protect it while the permanent veneer is being crafted. During the second visit, the temporary veneer will be removed and the tooth will be carefully cleaned. Dr. Takigawa then will place the permanent veneer which will be applied using a strong bonding agent. Finally, it will be gently buffed to ensure it fits comfortably and to smooth the edges.

Do veneers weaken teeth?

No, the amount of tooth material removed to accommodate a veneer is very small, and it's replaced with the strong ceramic veneer so the tooth can actually become strengthened. Plus, when a veneer is used to correct a crack or chip, it can also help strengthen the tooth by providing a better bond where the damage has occurred.

How long do veneers last?

Today's veneers are very durable and can last 10 years or longer with proper care.


We accept most major dental PPO plans. Please provide us with your insurance information either before or during your office visit so that we can determine your eligibility and benefits. Even if we are out-of-network, coverage for routine check-ups and basic level treatments can still be quite substantial or even identical, so please still let us know so that we can check that for you.


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