Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Alexandria
1500 Belle View Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22307
Are you embarrassed by your discolored, misshapen, or misaligned teeth? Are you looking for an affordable and convenient dental restoration to add beauty to your smile? If so, dental veneers may be the answer. Schedule an appointment with one of our Alexandria dentists today to find out more about how veneers can improve the aesthetics of your otherwise healthy teeth.
As the name suggests, a veneer is a thin covering attached to the front surface of the tooth to correct cosmetic issues, such as discoloration, chips, or small gaps that are not severe enough for orthodontic treatment. Our veneers are custom-made from either porcelain or composite materials that resemble natural tooth enamel.
Veneers are used to correct aesthetic issues in teeth that are otherwise healthy. Many of our patients undergo the procedure to make sure that they look their best for major events, such as family weddings or class reunions. Veneers are a convenient and discreet way to treat the following types of dental issues:
Call our Alexandria office today to find out if you are a candidate for dental veneers.
The type of veneer used is a significant factor in the final cost of your treatment. Composite veneers are typically the least expensive. Veneers made from porcelain are more expensive, but they last longer. We will provide you with an outline of your porcelain veneers cost following your initial consultation.
Veneers are permanently bonded to the front surface of a tooth and are designed to correct minor imperfections in the shape, color, or structure of the tooth. Depending on the type of veneer, some of the natural tooth enamel may have to be removed to attach the veneer. Crowns are made from the same materials and cover the tooth from the crown to the gumline. Crowns not only improve the appearance of the tooth, but they can also make a damaged tooth almost as strong as a healthy natural tooth. Because crowns can withstand more force than veneers, they are ideal for restoring molars. In most cases, the dentist will have to prep the tooth by removing a significant amount of the tooth enamel so that the crown will fit properly. Our experienced dentists can help you determine which type of restoration is best for your dental issue.
Although it may sound scary, placing veneers porcelain is completely painless. The process begins with the dentist making an impression of your teeth. This will ensure that the veneers fit comfortably. With traditional veneers, the dentist normally has to remove a very thin layer of tooth enamel so that the veneer will adhere properly. Once your veneers are secured in place using high-bond dental cement, they will look and function just like natural teeth. All people will notice is your beautiful smile.
How Long Do Porcelain Teeth Last?
The veneer porcelain that we use is designed to stand up to normal daily wear. Brushing and flossing are generally all that you need to keep your new teeth looking beautiful for decades. Of course, your veneers can become damaged if you use your teeth for things other than chewing, such as opening bottles or bags.
We are proud to offer Lumineers® at our practice. Lumineers are ultra-thin, which offers several advantages, including:
You care for veneers the same way as natural teeth by brushing and flossing daily. To avoid damaging your new teeth, you should avoid biting into very hard foods and wear a protective mouthguard if you play contact sports or grind or clench your teeth.
Are you tired of living with discolored, misshapen, or damaged teeth? If so, the dentists and staff at our Alexandria office can help. Call (703) 596-0872 today for an appointment.