Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers in Northern Virginia

Dental Veneers | Porcelain or Resin Composite

Dental veneers are a great solution to uplift your smile. At Impact Dental Care, Dr. Dhillon is happy to answer your questions regarding dental veneers options available to you.

What are Veneers?

Veneers can be used to cover discolored, stained, and chipped teeth. Also, to camouflage unsightly gaps or misshapen teeth. Veneers are thin pieces of very durable, custom tooth shaped casing made by a professional dental laboratory. Veneers are not permanent and will need eventual replacing, but they will give you a bright, white smile for many years.

Types of Veneers

  • Porcelain
  • Resin Composite
  • Lumineers (A Micro-Thin Cerinate Porcelain)

Porcelain is also harder than tooth enamel, so it resists wear and staining. In fact, veneers do not discolor with age like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers offer long-lasting durability and natural-looking results. They are also highly resistant to stains, giving you a beautiful, white smile. Porcelain dental veneers allow for the alteration of tooth position, shape, size and color. The procedure used at Impact Dental Care to place the dental veneers requires a minimal amount of tooth preparation and we use the latest in technology and materials.

They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, veneers are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long-lasting smile.

Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

You may be a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers if you have any of the following dental concerns:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.
  • Small gaps or spaces in between teeth
  • Eroded teeth enamel
  • Crooked or uneven teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Misshaped teeth

Some Disadvantages of Veneers

  • They are often expensive.
  • Some people experience an increase in tooth sensitivity after getting veneers. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, you may feel sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures for the first few days after your procedure, but it usually goes away.
  • Veneers are considered permanent because your dentist needs to change the structure of your natural teeth to properly place them. In this way, the outer layer of your enamel may be removed to make room.
  • Individuals who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers, as these activities can cause the veneers to crack or chip.
  • Veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack, they will have to be replaced.

Porcelain Veneers Procedure

Typically veneers require two visits within two to three weeks to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A scan or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers

Life of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers do not require special care other than good hygiene habits like regular proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits flossing. It is advisable that porcelain veneer patients avoid biting on hard foods and objects that can crack or fracture the veneers. Many people who grind their teeth in their sleep don’t even know it, but your dentist will be able to tell you if you are one of those people from the wear on your teeth. Consider limiting coffee and other stain-inducing foods.

In rare instances, veneers can chip or crack, in which case they would have to be replaced.

The average lifespan of porcelain veneers is 10 to 15 years. However, it is not uncommon for some porcelain veneers to last decades or even a lifetime, depending on oral hygiene and maintenance.

If you’re deciding on veneers, consult with dentist and be sure you understand every part of the process and cost. A beautiful smile feels great and can increase both your confidence and well-being.

For more information on veneers or to schedule an appointment, call IDC at 703-952-6600 today!