Veneers Specialist

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Riverside Dental Health & Beauty Spa

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD

General Dentistry & Medical Spa located in Rio Rancho, NM

Is your otherwise great smile marred by discolored, yellowing, or imperfect teeth? There’s a lot that dental veneers can do to make your smile a winning one. At Riverside Dental Health, Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD, offers several cosmetic dentistry options, with veneers ranking among the most popular. If you’d like to learn more about veneers, and you live in or around Rio Rancho, New Mexico, please call the office or use the online scheduling tool.

Veneers Q & A

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, wafer-like shells made from porcelain (or a similar material) that Dr. Lewis-Heywood places over the fronts of your teeth. The veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth, and she bonds them into place using special cement.

What can dental veneers correct?

Dental veneers accomplish far more than simply whitening and brightening your teeth. You can use veneers to hide several imperfections, such as:

  • Gapped teeth
  • A gummy smile
  • Chipped teeth
  • Short or worn teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • A crooked tooth

Of course, dental veneers also cover up any discolorations or stains on your teeth, or simply brighten up aging and yellowing teeth.

What is the process for getting veneers?

If you decide you’d like veneers, Dr. Lewis-Heywood prepares your teeth by removing some of the enamel to make room for the new fronts. (Please note that once your enamel is removed, it doesn’t grow back.) She then takes an impression of your teeth and sends it off to a lab for the custom manufacturing of your veneers.

When your veneers come in, you simply return to have Dr. Lewis-Heywood bond them into place. After making any necessary adjustments, you’re free to enjoy your new smile.

You should take care of your veneers as you do your regular teeth, with brushing, flossing, and rinsing, as well as twice yearly professional cleanings at Riverside Dental Health.

Can dental veneers be combined with other services?

While dental veneers can cover up a host of cosmetic issues, they can’t solve alignment problems such as:

  • An overbite or underbite
  • A crossbite
  • Very crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Moderately gapped teeth

To truly make over your smile, Riverside Dental Health offers ClearCorrect™, which are clear aligners that straighten your teeth. Depending upon the degree of your alignment issues, you wear the aligners every day, only taking them out when you need to eat or clean your teeth. Every few weeks you receive new aligners that keep your teeth moving in the right direction.

Once you meet your alignment with ClearCorrect, you can have Dr. Lewis-Heywood place veneers over your newly straightened teeth, providing the perfect finishing touch for your smile.

For a smile makeover, call Riverside Dental Health to learn more about veneers and ClearCorrect. Or you can use the online scheduler to book a consultation.