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If your smile is less than perfect because of small imperfections like stains and gaps between your teeth, porcelain veneers are one way to restore the beauty of your smile as well as rebuild your confidence. Veneers are a popular way to improve not only the color of your teeth but also correct minor issues with size, shape, and spacing. Our dentists at Dental One Associates of Virginia will be happy to assess your smile and help you determine if veneers are right for you.

What is a Porcelain Veneer?

The word veneer means a thin decorative covering. In dentistry, a veneer is a thin covering for the front of the tooth. It masks imperfections so that your teeth look well-shaped and beautiful. Here are some of the aesthetic problems that are veneer dentists can fix:

Spacing and alignment issues:

Veneers can be shaped so that they can close minor gaps between teeth. It’s a fairly simple treatment that doesn’t change the actual position of the tooth – just their appearance.

Color enhancement:

Are your natural teeth more yellow or grey than you would like? Veneers come in a variety of shades so it’s easy to find a shade that’s whiter and brighter. Best of all, veneers are made of thin ceramic layers that will maintain their color even after years of use.

Size and shape problems:

Veneers can cover chipped teeth, make short teeth look normal-length, and fix a host of other problems. If you’ve always thought your teeth looked too big, too small, too square, or too round for your face, veneers even can change the shape of smile to better complement your other features.

Our dentists at Dental One Associates of Virginia can show you a digital smile makeover so you’ll see what you look like with veneers before you begin treatment. Then the dentist will take an impression of your teeth to ensure a comfortable fit. Depending on the type of veneer used, a small amount of tooth enamel might need to be removed before your veneers are adhered in place. But once they’re attached, you won’t have to worry about them becoming stained or shifting while you talk or eat. Just enjoy your smile.

How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?

Both veneers and crown can change the color, shape, size, and overall appearance of your teeth.  Plus, both are made of materials that look like natural tooth enamel and are attached to the natural teeth.

However, these two treatment methods address different needs. Veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure that is used to hide minor imperfections. Crowns are a restorative dental procedure designed to structurally repair a tooth that has been damaged by dental decay, trauma, teeth grinding, or age. A veneer is applied only to the front of a tooth whereas a crown caps the entire tooth down to the gums. Most importantly, crowns restore the biting force of the tooth.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers are designed to be a long-lasting, durable option for enhancing the beauty of your teeth. Although their durability varies depending upon proper hygiene, your lifestyle, and the brand of veneers used, they should last for decades if you brush and floss the veneer-covered teeth daily.

What Are Lumineers®?

Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers that are very thin and translucent. They’re unique in that they require almost no surface enamel of your natural tooth to be removed in order for the Lumineer to be attached. Lumineers are very durable; they’ve been known to last more than 20 years. Like other brands, they look natural, feel comfortable, fit snugly, and resist staining.

How Do I Care For Veneers?

If your veneers cover teeth worn from clenching or grinding, our dentist likely will recommend that you wear a custom-made night guard to protect your new smile. Otherwise, you care for your porcelain veneers as you should your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing them gently each day.

Keep in mind that as sturdy and durable as veneers can be, you still need to be careful. We recommend avoiding biting into hard or sticky foods such as candy apples, or ripping open packages with those teeth.

Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Northern Virginia Today

If you have additional questions about veneers or think they might be right for you, we’re here to help. Our caring team at Dental One Associates of Virginia is glad to set up an appointment for you to discuss any concerns about using veneers and how they can fit into your dental care.

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