Improve your smile with porcelain veneers

Veneers are a cosmetic restoration bonded onto the front of a natural tooth to change its appearance. They are very thin shells of a porcelain or composite material that can protect teeth from damage or be utilized simply for cosmetic improvement. Veneers can be applied to a single tooth to correct imperfections or discoloration or an entire smile for a smile makeover. At Del Mar Family Dentistry, our team may recommend veneers for patients who want to enhance their smile.

Are veneers right for you?

If you visit Del Mar Family Dentistry in Solana Beach, California, and are interested in discovering more about veneers, scheduling a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our dentists is a smart first step. We can talk with you about the pros and cons of veneers, including

Veneers Prepared in Lab


  • Works for one tooth or an entire smile
  • Relatively quick transformation
  • It can help close spaces/gaps, lengthen teeth, or provide symmetry

Possible drawbacks:

  • May require some minor tooth preparation
  • May need replacement after 10-15 years

How long do veneers take?

Typically, porcelain veneers require about two to three appointments to size, fit, and place your veneers. When talking about composite resin bonding, conservatively expect about one hour per resin veneer.

How do I find out if cosmetic veneers are right for me?

Scheduling an appointment to talk to Drs. Dale Trudeau, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nikko Johnson, and Erik Balinghasay of Del Mar Family Dentistry is the first step you can take in learning more about veneers and other cosmetic treatments available at our practice, located in Solana Beach, CA, at 625 Valley Avenue. Call (858) 360-3102 to request time to speak to our providers and determine if veneers are right for you! We proudly serve patients in the surrounding communities of Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Del Mar, and Fairbanks Ranch, CA.

Veneers: Before & After

Veneer Before Image

Before veneers.

Veneer After Image

After veneers.

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Patient after veneers.

Many Happy Faces

Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Del Mar Family Dentistry is served by four experienced and talented physicians: Drs. Dale Trudeau, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nikko Johnson, and Erik Balinghasay.

Dr. Dale Trudeau has served the community of Del Mar and Solana Beach since 1984. He is a graduate and former instructor at USC School of Dentistry and has completed many hours of advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant dentistry, and Invisalign. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS), and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Trudeau is active in the community and volunteers at many local charities and youth organizations.

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego and Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. He is a Research Associate at PLNU, YMCA, and Foundation for Worldwide Health, along with being a member of the ADA, CDA, Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and SDCDS. Dr. Fitzpatrick has a passion to provide sustainable dental services to underserved communities both locally and globally. In 2013 he founded Cura Coffee Company to help fund the non-profit work of Cura Smiles. This non-profit has been able to build a dental clinic in the diverse community of City Heights, San Diego to help serve the underserved in their dental needs.

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Dr. Nikko Johnson is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. After completing her dental residency, she practiced as a general dentist in Oklahoma and North Carolina before obtaining her Master of Science in Periodontology from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry. Among her competencies are prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases and treatment modalities with advanced oral plastic surgeries. She has had the honor of providing dental care to veterans for many years.

Dr. Erik Balinghasay is a graduate of the University of California San Diego(UCSD) and University of California Los Angeles(UCLA), School of Dentistry. Upon graduating from UCLA, he pursued advanced speciality training in Endodontics, the dental specialty related to root canals, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a Board-Certified Endodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.