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If you want a dazzling, natural-looking smile, porcelain veneers may be the treatment option for you. This cosmetic dentistry procedure can correct a variety of issues, from misshapen, discolored, and worn down teeth to gaps between teeth. With porcelain veneers in Manassas, our dentists can help you customize a treatment plan that gives you the sparkling smile of your dreams.
What Do I Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers porcelain are thin shells or covers that adhere to the front of teeth. They look just like your natural teeth and can instantly improve the appearance of your teeth, whether you’re looking to correct tooth discoloration, repair chipped or cracked teeth, or fix misshapen teeth and fill small gaps.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The expected cost of veneers made from porcelain depends on specific factors, including the number of veneers used, the difficulty of your restoration, and how many appointments are needed to complete treatment. Since veneers are considered to be a cosmetic treatment that’s not medically necessary, treatment isn’t usually covered by insurance. However, our clinic may have options to help you manage the porcelain veneers cost. Talk to a member of our friendly staff for more information.
Differences Between Veneers and Crowns
Porcelain crowns and dental veneers are made of similar materials, and they both can improve the color and shape of teeth, enhancing the appearance of your smile. But a crown covers the entire surface of a tooth, including the whole portion above the gum line. This is why crowns are sometimes called “dental caps” because they slide over the entire tooth, forming a protective shell. A veneer is placed over the front surface of teeth.
Crowns and veneers also differ in how much tooth enamel must be removed prior to placement. Since crowns are thicker in comparison to veneers, about two millimeters of tooth enamel is removed before they’re bonded in place. Veneers are a thin shell, so your dentist can preserve most of the existing tooth structure. Unlike veneers, crowns can strengthen teeth and prevent additional damage from occurring.
Our dentists recommend veneers for patients with healthy, strong teeth who are only looking to improve the aesthetics of their smile. If your teeth are weakened, damaged, or have cracks or chips, dental crowns may be the best option for you since they can reinforce the structure of teeth. During your consultation, our dentist will assess your teeth and discuss whether porcelain veneers in Manassas are right for you.
How Are My Teeth Prepared for Veneers?
Veneers can be placed in just two appointments at our office. Here are the steps involved for the porcelain veneers procedure.
The first step for placing veneers involves the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel, usually less than one millimeter. Removing this minimal amount of tooth structure helps make room for the veneer and ensures a natural-looking fit and appearance. Next, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth, which is sent to a dental laboratory, where a dental technician will design custom-made veneers that perfectly match the shape of your teeth. Your dentist will also use a shade guide to choose veneers that match the color of your teeth.
It can take one to two weeks for your veneers to be designed, so your dentist will apply temporary veneers to protect your teeth during the waiting period. You’ll return to our office for another appointment when your veneers are manufactured. The dentist will remove the temporary veneers and will use dental cement to bond the permanent veneers to the surface of your teeth. A special light may also be used to quickly harden the adhesive. Once secured, your teeth will be polished to reveal a dazzling smile.
How Long Will Your Veneers Last?
If you practice basic oral hygiene, your porcelain teeth can last for up to 20 years. By seeing your dentist every six months and brushing and flossing every day, you can ensure the durability of your veneers. While veneers are durable and long-lasting, there are certain things that make them susceptible to damage, just like your natural teeth. This includes opening packages or bags with your teeth, biting into hard foods, or chewing hard objects like pens or pencils. Ask your dentist about wearing a night guard while sleeping if you’re prone to teeth grinding or clenching. In addition, a sports mouth guard can protect your veneers while engaging in contact sports.
What Should You Know About Lumineers®?
A specific brand name of veneers, Lumineers® provide the same function as traditional veneers, but there are some key differences. Compared to regular veneers, Lumineers are much thinner, so your dentist is able to preserve most of your tooth enamel. Despite being quite thin, Lumineers are quite strong and durable, lasting longer than 20 years. In addition, they’re also very translucent, so they look and feel just like your real teeth. Wondering if Lumineers are right for you? Talk to our friendly staff to set up an appointment.