If you’re unhappy with your smile because of misaligned, chipped or discolored teeth, porcelain teeth can restore your appearance. Our dentists can assess your mouth to determine if this treatment will work well for you.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are a type of cosmetic treatment that renew the appearance of teeth that have minor problems with discoloration, spacing, alignment, shape, or size. They’re made of thin layers of porcelain to mimic your natural tooth enamel. Dentists attach them to the surface of affected teeth. Ask our dentists if veneers porcelain can address your aesthetic issues.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

Since it’s a cosmetic treatment, dental insurers don’t typically cover the porcelain veneers cost. Your price will be affected by several factors, including the type of veneers that you choose and whether or not you go to a specialist.

How Do Veneers and Crowns Differ?

Made of the same materials, veneers and crowns are permanent dental fixtures that improve the overall appearance of your teeth. The biggest difference is that porcelain crowns cover your teeth entirely, which is why some people call them caps. Veneers only attach to the front surface of your teeth. Also, crowns require more enamel removal so that they fit right, but they provide strength when they’re cemented in place. Crowns are usually a better solution than porcelain dental veneers when you have poor tooth structure from age, decay, trauma, or grinding. Call our office to learn more about the benefits of veneers.

Porcelain Veneers: What Happens Before and After?

Before the porcelain veneers procedure, our dentists will get an impression of your teeth so that a lab can create customized veneers. Once the veneers are in place, they won’t stain or move. They should feel and look like the rest of your teeth, and you can care for them as such by flossing and brushing every day. However, you should take care while biting into hard foods, and you might need a night guard if you have problems grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep.

What’s the Tooth Preparation for Veneers?

During the procedure for cementing a porcelain veneer, the dentist will remove some of the enamel from your tooth so that the veneer fits properly. The amount is generally less than 1 millimeter, but it depends on the type and brand of veneer that’s attached. Aside from this step, you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Find out more about getting porcelain veneers by calling our office in Northern Virginia.

How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?

If you don’t have any accidents with your porcelain veneer, it can keep your smile bright for decades. Just be careful not to use your teeth to open items such as bags or bottles. Also, floss and brush daily.

Are Lumineers® Different?

As a specific veneer brand, Lumineers are known for being very thin. Because of that, they don’t require the same amount of enamel removal as traditional veneers. Their high translucency also makes them feel natural. Despite their thinness, they’re very durable and can last for more than two decades. Make an appointment today to get your porcelain veneers in Northern Virginia.

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