Veneers can cover up imperfections in your teeth, including stains, cracks, and chips, allowing you to smile with confidence. Sarah Kennealy, DDS, and the team at Graceful Smiles Dentistry in Springfield, Virginia, are experienced in providing cosmetic dentistry treatments, including veneers, with results that look like healthy natural teeth. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry services, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment for minor imperfections that affect the visible surface of your teeth. They’re made of porcelain, which is the same color as healthy enamel and highly resistant to stains. Because of that, teeth treated with veneers look just like bright, natural teeth.
Your dentist may recommend veneers if you have chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. They can also hide gaps between teeth. If you have stains or discolorations on your teeth that don’t respond to whitening, veneers can cover those up as well.
Depending on your situation, you can get veneers on just one tooth or multiple teeth. They’re a long-lasting solution for minor cosmetic imperfections.
In addition to improving the appearance of your teeth, veneers can replace lost or weakened enamel and strengthen teeth. However, if you have extensively damaged or decayed teeth, your dentist may recommend a more involved procedure, such as an implant.
Veneers typically require multiple visits to Graceful Smiles Dentistry. To determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers, your dentist asks about your treatment goals, examines your teeth and gums, and may take X-rays.
If you’re a good candidate for veneers and choose to move forward with the procedure, your dentist must first prepare your teeth. This involves removing a tiny piece of enamel from the tooth to make room for the veneer. You receive a local anesthetic to numb the area beforehand.
After preparing your teeth, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth. A dental lab uses the impressions to manufacture veneers that blend in with your mouth and fit your teeth perfectly.
Once your veneers are ready, you return to Graceful Smiles Dentistry, where your dentist bonds them to your teeth with dental cement. You may also come in for a follow-up appointment a few weeks later, where your dentist makes any necessary adjustments and answers any concerns you have about your veneers.
With proper care, your veneers can last up to 10-15 years. For the best results, it’s important to take good care of your teeth. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and coming in for regular cleanings at Graceful Smiles Dentistry.
Though veneers are more resistant to stains than natural enamel, you may still stain the dental cement and your teeth underneath the veneers. To prevent this from happening, avoid habits that stain your teeth, including drinking coffee and tea, and using tobacco.
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, including veneers, call the office at Graceful Smiles Dentistry, or use the online booking tool today.