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Looking for a Way to Make Your Smile Shine? Porcelain Veneers in Northern Virginia May Be the Answer!

An affordable and convenient veneer restoration is an effective way to restore a smile marred by minor cosmetic imperfections. If you have generally healthy teeth but are unhappy with the aesthetics of your smile, a veneer restoration may be the right treatment for you. Find out more by scheduling a consultation with one of our Northern Virginia dentists.

How Do Porcelain Veneers Correct Cosmetic Dental Issues?

Veneers are made from composite or porcelain material designed to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. They are permanently bonded to the visible portion of the tooth to correct minor issues involving the color, size, shape, or position of the tooth.

What Types of Issues Can Be Corrected With the Porcelain Veneers Procedure?

If you have a family wedding, milestone class reunion, or major job interview in your future, it is important to look as polished as possible. Veneers are ideal for correcting cosmetic dental issues that could detract from your appearance, including:

• Minor Orthodontic Issues

Depending on the severity of your tooth alignment and spacing issues, it may be possible to correct them with veneers without the need for braces or aligners.

• Tooth Discoloration

Our teeth naturally become yellower with age as the enamel thins to expose the yellow dentin underneath. Our teeth can also become dingy and stained because of the foods and beverages that we consume, smoking, or even medications. Veneers can be used to brighten smiles in situations where normal whitening treatments don’t work.

• Chipped or Misshapen teeth

We can use veneers to restore the shape of slightly damaged teeth or enhance the shape and size of teeth so that they complement your facial structure.

How Much Will I Pay for Porcelain Veneers in Northern Virginia?

Porcelain veneers cost can vary from patient to patient. The number of veneers required, the location of the tooth, and the type of materials used are just a few of the factors that can affect treatment cost. We will discuss price in more detail once you and your dentist have agreed on a treatment plan. You may also qualify for one of our payment or financing options that can make your porcelain veneers cost more manageable.

Are Veneers the Same as Porcelain Crowns?

Crowns and veneers are similar in that they are made from porcelain or composite materials and are permanently affixed to the tooth; however, they do have distinct differences. As the name suggests, crowns cover the entire visible surface of the tooth. This serves to improve the appearance of the tooth as well as reinforce its structural integrity. Our dentist may recommend capping a tooth with a porcelain crown if the underlying tooth is severely damaged or weakened by decay or a root canal. Crowns are also often used to restore molars since they can hold up under the force exerted by the back teeth during chewing. Veneers are affixed to the front surface of the teeth and are ideal for correcting relatively minor cosmetic dental issues.

How Does the Dentist Attach Porcelain Veneers?

Your dentist will start by making an impression of your teeth so that your veneers porcelain can be customized to the correct proportions. In most cases, the dentist will prep the tooth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel. The process is quick and painless. Once the tooth is prepped, the veneer is bonded to the front of the tooth using dental adhesive. The final result is a beautiful new smile that looks and feels natural.

Are Veneers Long-Lasting?

Veneer porcelain is designed to look beautiful for decades and withstand normal daily activities. You will need to brush and floss daily to keep your veneers bright and your teeth and gums healthy. You should also avoid using your teeth to open items, such as bottles and bags.

How Are Lumineers® Different from Traditional Veneers?

Lumineers® are much thinner than traditional veneers. This means that they can normally be applied without removing any of the natural tooth enamel. Most patients also find that Lumineers are more comfortable and look more natural than traditional veneers. Of course, they are more expensive than porcelain or composite veneers, but they can last for up to 20 years. Call today to find out if you are a candidate for Lumineers.

How Do I Maintain My New Porcelain Teeth?

Your normal oral hygiene routine of daily brushing and flossing is generally all that you have to do to care for your veneers. If your veneers are on your front teeth, you should avoid biting into very hard foods, such as candy apples. Patients who suffer from bruxism or engage in sports where there is a high likelihood of an injury to the face should consider wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect their veneers and teeth.

Take the first step toward a more beautiful smile. Schedule a consultation at our Northern Virginia practice by calling an office near you! We hope to hear from you soon.

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