Veneers By Natural Smiles in Salem, Oregon

A dental veneer is a custom-made shell of tooth-like material that dentists use to improve the appearance of chipped or misshapen teeth. These shells are typically made of either porcelain or resin composite materials. Here is some more information about cosmetic veneers. To learn the best approach for your mouth, it’s important to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists in Salem, Oregon who specialize in veneers:

Porcelain Veneers

Woman with tooth veneerPorcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used by dentists to cover the front of damaged teeth. They usually consist of several thin ceramic layers. To apply porcelain veneers, a dentist evaluates a patient’s damaged teeth to determine how to recreate a natural-looking smile. After this, the dentist removes about half a millimeter of enamel from the surface of the patient’s teeth. Then, the dentist makes an impression of the teeth and sends this model to a laboratory that makes veneers. When they are ready, the dentist will cement them to the patient’s natural teeth, trim them accordingly, and finally carry out teeth whitening to achieve the desired look/smile.

• Pros

Firstly, they give a person a realistic and natural look. Secondly, they are stain-resistant which means you do not have to worry about drinking coffee or wine. Thirdly, they are durable and can last for up to 15 years. Fourthly, they are available in a wide range of colors.

• Cons

Firstly, porcelain veneers can be expensive with the cost of fitting one ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500. Secondly, one may develop sensitivity to hot or cold drinks/foods. Thirdly, they are still artificial.

Composite resin veneers

Besides porcelain veneers, a dentist can also use composite resin veneers. Just like porcelain veneers, dentists fit these veneers onto the front of the teeth without the need for tooth reduction (removal of enamel layer).

• Pros

Firstly, they are relatively easier to fit compared to porcelain veneers (dentists usually fit them in one office visit). Secondly, they are less expensive than porcelain veneers. Thirdly, they are easier to fix/repair if they develop cracks or breaks.

• Cons

Firstly, they are less durable than porcelain veneers. Secondly, they are prone to staining. Thirdly, they do not give a realistic natural look.


Brown staining of child's teeth due to fluorosis.Porcelain or composite resin veneers can be used to treat a wide range of dental problems including stained teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, worn enamel, closing gaps between teeth, and minor misalignment.

In summary, dentists typically use dental veneers to treat a wide of range of dental problems including stained teeth, misshapen teeth as well as cracked/chipped teeth. Luckily, veneers do not require special care, so all a person has to do is to follow good oral hygiene including regular brushing and flossing. Contact Natural Smiles, veneer specialists in Salem, Oregon today to learn the right approach to veneers for your mouth.


 Dr. Coombs and his staff are really friendly and skilled. He went above and beyond to make sure my crown was fixed and done right. A great office! 

- – Annie J.

 The office staff is very nice and helpful. I appreciate knowing the expected cost at the beginning. The office is clean and Dr. Coombs was very thorough in explaining what needed to be done. 

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 Ive had several bad experiences with dentists in the past but after going to Dr. Coombs today I no longer have a fear of dentists! they treated me wonderful, they were very polite and put me at ease. 

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Natural Smiles
3547 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305USA
Phone: (971) 208-7633