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Veneers Specialist

Kathy Zahedi, DDS & Associates

Dentists located in Santa Monica, CA

Kathy Zahedi, DDS & Associates offer veneers and other cosmetic procedures that can correct a wide range of flaws in your smile. The practice, located in Santa Monica, California, utilizes state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, patient-friendly environment.

Veneers Q & A

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are decorative coverings applied directly to the outside surface of a tooth to hide imperfections, such as chips, cracks, stains and discoloration of the enamel, and gaps between teeth. Veneers can also be used to correct the appearance of misshapen or uneven teeth.

What material are used to make veneers?

Dr. Zahedi offers porcelain dental veneers. Depending on the specific indication, various types of porcelain may be used. Porcelain has several distinct advantages over some other dental materials. It’s bio-friendly to your gums and teeth; plus, the material is stain-resistant, strong, and natural-looking.

How are veneers applied?

First, Dr. Zahedi makes an impression of your mouth, which is sent to a dental lab where your temporary is custom-created to fit your mouth and teeth and facial symmetry. This may take a couple of weeks. At that point, Dr. Zahedi prepares your teeth to install the temporary's. It is very important that the shape of the teeth have harmony with the shape of the face. Dr. Zahedi contours the temporary in the month until this harmony is achieved.  Once Dr. Zahedi and the patient are happy with the temporaries, we direct the lab to fabricate the porcelain veneers. The final veneers are always tried on to make sure the patient is 100% satisfied with the shape and color before we cement them permanently.  


How long will veneers last?

A porcelain veneer can last up to 20 years, provided you practice proper dental hygiene. That means, brushing twice a day, flossing at least once per day and having your teeth professionally cleaned and examined twice a year. Also, as with your natural teeth, it's important to avoid biting hard foods, such as ice cubes or popcorn kernels. These can cause both your teeth and/or veneers to crack or chip. Also, your gum tissue and teeth are living and therefore may change over time. If this occurs, it may affect the fit of your veneer, necessitating an alteration.


One patient's testimonial with custom veneers by Dr. Zahedi

My experience with Dr. Zahedi was nothing short of amazing. She is such a professional and extremely knowledgeable within her profession. I expressed to Dr. Z that I’ve always wanted to have that “Colgate” smile. Being the sweet person she is, first and foremost she assured me that my smile was very beautiful just the way it was. Yet and still she was more than willing to help me achieve my goal. 

I will admit I was very afraid. What will the veneers look like? What will my temporaries look like? From what I’ve heard from colleagues and friends, temporaries can be a bit frightening because they don't look exactly like the permanents. When Dr. Z put my temporaries in I was beyond pleased! They looked absolutely amazing! The thought that my actual veneers would look even more phenomenal was baffling to me! 

During the procedure, she was extremely gentle, efficient, warm and she checked in on me constantly. I can honestly say that I never experienced any pain. Dr. Z was such a joy. She is so kind and so beautiful. Let's be honest, having a beautiful dentist makes the experience that much more enjoyable, especially because you are staring at them for a few hours! Lol! 

Once my temporaries were successfully in place, Dr. Z made it a huge point of hers to check in on me. She would send a text occasionally to make sure that everything was ok. If I ever had any concerns she was always available. 

Now, let's talk about the final product! What can I say? I am extremely happy! The best part about it all is that my family and friends can't even tell that I’ve had work done! They simply say “You look really beautiful! You are glowing! Something is different about you. I don't know exactly what it is but you look GOOD!” 

How cool is that? I look at my teeth every day and I feel like a new woman! I am far more confident than I’ve ever been to! I can’t stop smiling and that is a beautiful thing! 

If you are looking for a wonderful dentist, who is very professional, highly skilled within their craft, absolutely beautiful, very friendly and extremely caring…. Dr. Z is your girl! Please pay her a visit and have the dental experience you never knew you could! I promise you will not regret it! 

I am just in awe of her artistry! I LOVE my new smile!

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Kathy Zahedi, DDS & Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please note the specialists in our practice are not contracted with these insurances.

Anthem Blue Cross
Delta Dental