Achieve Your Best Smile With Our Quality Porcelain Veneers in Virginia
Do you not smile as much as you used to because of chipped, discolored, or misaligned teeth? Are your teeth healthy but need a cosmetic boost? If so, our convenient and affordable dental veneer procedure may be the answer. Call today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Virginia dentists.
What Is a Dental Veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin piece of porcelain or composite material resembling natural tooth enamel. Veneers are permanently attached to the front of a tooth to cover up minor cosmetic issues, such as discoloration.
When Is the Porcelain Veneers Procedure Recommended?
Veneers are used to enhance the appearance of generally healthy teeth. The following are just a few of the situations where our dentist may recommend a veneer restoration:
- You have tooth discoloration caused by age, medication, tobacco use, or years of drinking coffee and tea. Veneers are often the only way to brighten teeth with certain types of stains.
- Your teeth are worn or chipped by trauma or bruxism. Veneers can also be used to alter teeth so that they complement your facial structure.
- You have minor issues with the spacing or alignment of your teeth but don’t want to go through traditional orthodontic treatment.
Schedule a consultation with one of our Virginia dentists to find out if veneers are right for your dental issues.
Are Porcelain Veneers Affordable?
Unless considered a medical necessity, your porcelain veneers cost will not be covered by insurance. Your treatment cost is calculated based on the type of veneers used, the number of teeth affected, and whether you need any additional treatments. We will go over your porcelain veneers cost and help you find suitable payment arrangements following your initial consultation.
Do Veneers Work the Same Way as Porcelain Crowns?
Both crowns and veneers are fabricated from porcelain or composite material and are used to improve the appearance and structural integrity of the teeth; however, they are used in different situations. If your teeth have minor cosmetic imperfections, our dentist may recommend veneers. The veneer is attached to the front surface of the tooth to hide any flaws in the color, shape, spacing, or alignment of the tooth. If the damage to your tooth is more severe or you have lost a lot of the tooth structure, a crown may be more appropriate. As the name suggests, a crown encases the entire tooth. Once attached, a crown actually makes the damaged tooth stronger. Crowns are normally recommended for back teeth because of the force involved with chewing. Schedule a consultation today to find out which type of restoration is right for you.
What Is the Procedure for Attaching Veneers to the Teeth?
Preparing and attaching your veneers normally takes a couple of visits to our office. We begin by creating a mold of your teeth so that your veneers can be made to the correct dimensions for your mouth. Once we receive your veneers from the lab, you return to have them attached to your teeth using special dental adhesive. In most cases, the dentist will need to prep the tooth by removing a small amount of the enamel; however, this is a painless process. This step may not be necessary if you choose certain types of ultra-thin veneers. By the end of the visit, you will have a beautiful smile that you will want to share with others.
Are Porcelain Teeth Durable?
Veneer porcelain is designed to function similar to natural teeth and can last for decades with proper care. Of course, you should avoid activities, such as using your teeth to open packages, that can damage the porcelain. You will need to brush and floss daily and see your dentist for regular dental checkups.
Do Your Dentists Offer Ultra-Thin Porcelain Veneers in Virginia?
We are proud to offer Lumineers® veneers at our practice. Lumineers are unique in that they are thinner than normal veneers and are highly translucent, which means that they look and feel just like natural teeth. Because Lumineers are so thin, the dentist can normally apply Lumineers without having to remove any enamel from the underlying tooth. Lumineers also offer superior durability and can last as long as 20 years.
What Is the Process for Caring for Porcelain Veneers?
You do not need special tools or products to care for your veneers. In fact, normal brushing and flossing are all that is required. Your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth if you have bruxism or play contact sports. You should also avoid biting into especially hard foods that could damage your veneers.
Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you. If your smile is not making the right first impression, the skilled dentists at our Virginia practice can help.