WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Porcelain veneers are a thin shell that is attached to the front surface of teeth to help transform an imperfect smile into a more desired one. Dental veneers can be used for a variety of cosmetic corrections and result in a natural appearance and function of the tooth.
In two to three visits, our Fairfax cosmetic dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics can help you in your goals of achieving a durable, functional, natural looking, and beautiful smile.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PORCELAIN VENEERS?
A distinguishing benefit of porcelain veneers is the near inability to differentiate between veneers and your natural teeth, perfecting the size, shape and color you would like to achieve. Due to Porcelain veneers being highly stain resistant, they are an ideal choice for those whose teeth don’t respond to teeth whitening as well and wish to attain a brighter smile.
WHAT CAN PORCELAIN VENEERS HELP CORRECT?
Veneers are easily placed, allowing you to correct a number of esthetic problems such as:
- Holes or pits in teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
HOW DO PORCELAIN VENEERS WORK?
In preparing a tooth for veneers, your dentist will have to remove a small amount of enamel (approx. 1/2 mm) from any teeth that will be getting a veneer placed. After the enamel is trimmed off, we will take an impression from your teeth that will be sent to a dental laboratory for construction of the veneers. Each veneer will be precisely customized to assure the best size and shape.
On the next visit, your veneers will temporarily be placed on your teeth in order to ensure a proper fit. During this process, the shade of cement used can be adjusted to better match the shade of your teeth. Once everything looks and feels right, the veneers will be permanently bonded onto the teeth and will be checked again during a follow-up appointment.
ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS PERMANENT?
Although a great alternative to other methods, porcelain veneers are permanent and are not a reversible process due to the altering of your natural teeth.
HOW LONG DO PORCELAIN VENEERS LAST?
With proper hygiene, veneers should generally last 5 to 10 years before needing to be replaced.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
If you are ready for a beautiful new smile that looks and feels natural, contact our Fairfax cosmetic dentistry staff at Galleria Aesthetics Dentistry by calling 703.448.1020 to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve patients in the Northern Virginia area, including Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, McLean, and Tysons Corner.