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Chipped, stained, or discolored teeth can wreak havoc with your self-confidence, so if your teeth are visually unappealing because of these issues, the porcelain veneers may be the answer to your dental problem. Veneers are thin layers of dental porcelain that cover the front surface of the teeth and provide aesthetic enhancement. If you’re interested in porcelain teeth, then call our office to schedule an evaluation.
Are Porcelain Veneers in McLean a Good Option for Correcting Minor Cosmetic Issues?
Veneers are an excellent method to quickly correct minor visual issues with teeth without the inconvenience of braces or bleaching. The veneers are applied to healthy teeth in one office visit and they’re immediately usable. They correct aesthetic issues only, such as:
- Size and shape: If you have one or more chipped teeth, you may feel very self-conscious and forego smiling, which can be a real problem during events such as a job interview or a wedding. If you think your teeth are not shaped correctly, veneers can fix those issues quickly. They can also repair the damage done by bruxism, but you should get a bruxism mouthguard from your dentist so that you don’t damage your veneers while you sleep.
- Tooth Color: If the effects of the aging process or lifestyle habits or dietary habits or even the need for prescription medications have stained or discolored your teeth, then veneers can provide you with beautiful, even-colored teeth again. You can match your natural color or you can go lighter — the choice is yours and since veneers are available in many shades, you’ll have many options from which to choose.
- Alignment and spacing: If you have small gaps in your teeth or minor misalignments, veneers can correct those issues without the need for braces, which is especially important for those who are no longer teenagers.
If you’ve decided that veneers are an option for you, then call our McLean office and schedule an evaluation. Your dentist will determine if veneers are a good fit for you and if not, we’ll recommend an option that will provide you with the beautiful smile that you want.
If your dentist determines that you and veneers are a good fit, then we’ll take an impression of your mouth so that your veneers will have the best fit. Depending on the brand you selected, we may need to remove up to 1mm of tooth enamel, but it’s a painless procedure as is the installation of the veneers. When your veneers are installed on your teeth, they won’t slip or move around, and you needn’t worry about staining them. Call our office today if you want to schedule an evaluation or want more information about your porcelain veneers cost.
Additionally, the cost of your porcelain veneers procedure will be unique to you and will depend on the number of teeth involved, the brand you select, any additional dental procedures that you need, and your insurance benefits. We’ll provide you with an estimate of your porcelain veneers cost during your consultation in our office.
What’s the Difference Between Crowns and Veneers?
Although both porcelain crowns and veneers are dental appliances that cover the teeth, they serve entirely different purposes. Veneers cover only the front of the teeth and they cover minor blemishes but don’t provide any structural support or modification. Crowns, however, cover the entire surface of the tooth. They’re often referred to as caps or dental caps because they cap the entire surface of the tooth. Crowns are used to restore the structural integrity of a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay or trauma, and although a crown restores the aesthetic appeal of a tooth, its primary use is to restore the function of the damaged tooth.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
With proper care, use, and maintenance, veneers should last decades or a lifetime. You should use your teeth only for their intended purpose, not for opening bags or bottles or other items. Brush and floss regularly, have regular dental checkups, and use a mouthguard if you have bruxism.
Are Lumineers® A Type of Veneers?
Lumineers® is a very popular brand of veneers that’s known for its thinness and translucence. They require little to no removal of your natural tooth enamel, and they’re known for their longevity. Many last for decades or a lifetime. Although they may be somewhat more expensive initially, their durability can make them more cost-effective over time. Call us if you want more information about this brand or want to schedule an evaluation.
Do Veneers Need Special Maintenance Procedures?
Veneers porcelain requires only the same good oral hygiene regimen that your natural teeth require and common-sense practices such as not using your teeth to open bottles and taking care when biting into hard substances such as ice or a candy apple. Regular brushing and flossing and at least annual dental checkups are the maintenance procedures we recommend.
Where Can I Schedule an Appointment for Veneers in McLean?
If you’ve decided that veneers are a good option for you, then call our McLean office at (571) 633-9455 and let us help you.