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Composite and porcelain veneers, suited to all smiles, budgets, and goals in Chandler, AZ

By their nature, veneers are a versatile dental treatment. But, as is characteristic of Aquila Dental, we offer many options for patients in and around Chandler, AZ. In addition to traditional veneers, Dr. Richard Higgs designs and places ultra-thin, no-prep Lumineers™ and Emprethin™.

Eric | 10 Unit Veneers, Laser Whitening

Eric | 10 Unit Veneers, Laser Whitening

Eric came in unhappy with his smile. He was disappointed with the spacing and color of his teeth. Because of this, he was self-conscious of his smile. We were able to give him a beautiful smile with veneers. He now enjoys the confidence to smile big and often!

Susan | 4 Upper Veneers and Whitening

Susan | 4 Upper Veneers and Whitening

Susan wasn’t satisfied with the look of her teeth. In addition, due to root exposure, she had extra sensitivity. After reviewing options with her, she decided that she would like whitening and four upper veneers. Now she has a beautiful smile she can be proud to share.

Azza | 10 Upper Veneers and Crowns

Azza | 10 Upper Veneers and Crowns

Years of grinding had left Azza’s teeth worn and broken. She also had weak enamel. The result was a smile that she was embarrassed to show. We decided the best solution, in this case, would be to cover the worn, chipped teeth with crowns and veneers. In a few short weeks, she had an amazing smile. She said, “I never thought I could have teeth that looked this good.

Heather | Upper and Lower Veneers

Heather | Upper and Lower Veneers

Heather had always been self-conscious with not only the enamel wear and staining but the shape as well. With a wedding coming up, she wanted to be the confident bride she’d always dreamed of being. Heather elected to move forward with upper and lower veneers, lengthening and evening out her smile and giving her teeth a softer more rounded feminine appearing teeth. It was so exciting to make sure she had the smile she wanted for her wedding.

Uncovering veneers

Indirect veneers are made from dental ceramics, such as porcelain. These veneers are placed on top of prepared tooth structure. Once securely bonded to the front surfaces of the natural teeth, veneersdisguise an array of cosmetic imperfections.

Direct veneers are also known as dental bonding. A composite resin material is color-matched to the surrounding natural teeth. It is applied to the prepared natural tooth structure in a pliable, putty-like form. Dr. Richard Higgs uses his skill and artistic finesse to precisely shape the composite. Finally, the material is hardened and fixed into place.

What veneers can do for you

Veneers are appropriate for patients with healthy teeth and gums. They may be designed and placed to correct a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Minor spacing issues, such as gaps between the front teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Worn-down or “short” teeth
  • Chips and minor fractures
  • Stubbornly discolored or deeply stained teeth

The process

Veneers of all kinds can make an impressive difference in the appearance of your smile. Regardless of the type of veneer that you choose, all treatments start with an oral exam. We may need to resolve existing oral issues prior to moving forward with treatment. We may also determine that you are a better candidate for other procedures, such as tooth-colored fillings and porcelain crowns. We will discuss the pros and cons of each type of veneer with you prior to treatment; for instance, direct veneers require no alteration of natural tooth enamel. They are also more affordable than indirect porcelain veneers. However, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, and offer superior durability and are indistinguishable from healthy natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers at Aquila Dental explained by Dr. Richard Higgs

Porcelain veneers at Aquila Dental explained by Dr. Richard Higgs video thumb image
If you are looking for a procedure to get the shape, color or the size of your teeth, porcelain veneers are what you are looking for. Watch this video to learn more about porcelain veneers as Dr. Richard Higgs from Aquila Dental explains.

What are porcelain veneers?

Hi, I am Dr. Richard, and today I would like to talk to you about porcelain veneers, what they are and what they can do for you.

Porcelain veneers are a fairly common procedure that we use to change the shape, color, and size of a tooth.

Why would someone need porcelain veneers?

When we are looking at smile designs and changing people’s smiles cosmetically, symmetry is very important.

Often natural teeth or previous dentistry do not look as symmetrical as they could. We use porcelain veneers to create symmetry in size, shape, and color.

It can be done as few as one veneer to as many as 10 to 20 or potentially even the whole mouth.

How are porcelain veneers placed?

Veneers are an enamel replacement. What we do procedurally is remove a bit of the front of the tooth, make an impression and then replace it with the porcelain veneer.

That veneer has the color, shape, and size we want. Typically can be done in two to three appointments, and with veneers, we can change a smile.

We can do a smile upgrade where we place two, four, or maybe six veneers. We also have the ability to transform smiles with 10-20 veneers.

Feel free to give us a call today and get that perfect smile with porcelain veneers.


To support the sustained health and beauty of your veneers, we encourage you to abstain from chewing ice or other habits that can fracture or otherwise damage this investment in your smile. If you are a chronic “bruxer” (grind your teeth at night), we will discuss options such as nightguards to protect your veneers.

Like indirect veneers or dental bonding, Lumineers™ and Emprethin™ require little to no removal of natural tooth enamel. They are so thin, about the thickness of a contact lens, that the enamel can stay intact while still accommodating these super-thin veneers. Modern traditional veneers also require minimal reduction of the natural tooth. They do offer more coverage than their ultra-thin counterparts, which are more transparent in appearance. We are happy to discuss the many options available at Aquila Dental in partnership with our world-class dental lab partner, Kierland Smile Design. Contact us today to schedule your smile consultation.