What Can You Do To Quickly & Comfortably Improve Your Smile?
Your smile is one of your greatest assets. A beautiful smile can help you make lasting impressions, improve self-confidence, and look and feel more attractive. But your teeth are vulnerable to staining, damage, misalignment, and other cosmetic issues that can make it hard to smile.
If you’re looking for a quick, non-invasive way to improve your smile that offers predictable, lasting results, porcelain veneers may be right for you. Keep reading to learn how your dentists, Drs. Bahng and Chang, can use these simple restorations to improve your smile.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped, shells designed to withstand your daily activities. Your dentist adheres them to the front of your teeth to hide minor cosmetic flaws such as:
- Gaps between teeth
- Discoloration and staining
- Chips, cracks, & other forms of damage
- Shape and sizing issues
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Treatment with porcelain veneers doesn’t simply hide cosmetic flaws in your smile. Porcelain veneers also offer the following note-worthy benefits:
- Replaces missing enamel
- Boosts self confidence
- Protects against temperature sensitivity
- Produces quick, predictable results
- Provides a long-lasting solution
- Doesn’t require invasive surgeries or drawn out healing times
- Often more affordable than other restorations
The Porcelain Veneers Process
Before you can undergo treatment with porcelain veneers, your dentist will have you attend an initial consultation at our Sterling office. During your consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough dental exam and review your medical history to determine your current level of oral health.
Additionally, they’ll ask you about your smile goals to learn what you’re hoping to gain from your treatment. Your dentist can also offer sedation dentistry options to help the process go more smoothly if you struggle with dental anxiety.
Designing Your Porcelain Veneers
Once you and your dentist have agreed on moving forward with dental veneers, we’ll show you options for the porcelain that will be used to create your custom restorations. We can either match your veneers to your natural tooth color or choose a whiter shade for a stunning appearance. Because veneers are stain-resistant, teeth whitening treatment’s won’t have any effect on them, which is why it’s best to choose a whiter shade in advance if you want to brighten your smile.
We’ll then take impressions and pictures of your teeth. These will be sent to an offsite laboratory and serve as the blueprints for your custom-made veneers. You’ll then return to our Sterling office once they’re ready for your final fitting.
To prepare your teeth for your dental veneers, our hygienists will clean your teeth. Then, your dentist will remove a miniscule amount of enamel, no more than the width of a fingernail, from the fronts of your teeth. This will provide better adhesion and a more natural look after the porcelain veneers are installed.
Installing Your Porcelain Veneers
Once your teeth are buffed and clean, your dentist will cement the veneers to the front surfaces of your teeth with a special dental adhesive. After your veneers are in place, you’ll be free to start enjoying your new smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are made to last for 15 years. However, they can last upwards of 30 years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams at our Sterling office. Your dentist can help you maintain your restoration as well as your overall oral health, so be sure to schedule a routine appointment at least once every six months.
Do porcelain veneers hurt?
Because your enamel doesn’t contain nerves, you won’t feel any pain during your procedure. You may experience mild dental sensitivity to hot and cold for a few days after, but this should subside in less than a few weeks. If you find that your discomfort isn’t subsiding or feels unbearable, contact our Sterling office as soon as possible by dialing (703) 444-4188.
How do I maintain my porcelain veneers?
The best part about porcelain veneers is that you can maintain them just like your natural teeth. To preserve your veneers, your dentist recommends the following:
- Attend regular dental exams
- Practice daily brushing and flossing
- Avoid teeth-staining foods and drinks
- Don’t chew on hard objects, such as ice or your fingernails
Can you whiten porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains due to their non-porous nature. However, this also means that if your veneers become stained, they can’t be whitened. If you want to undergo teeth whitening, your dentist recommends doing so before you receive your dental veneers to help your teeth match the rest of your smile.
For Fast & Effective Smile Enhancement, Call JB Dental Today!
If you need an effective treatment for smile enhancement that’s non-invasive and produces predictable results, then porcelain veneers may be right for you. Our skilled dentists are pleased to offer their combined years of dental education experience to patients across Sterling and surrounding areas such as Great Falls, Brambleton, and McNair, VA.
To learn more about this affordable alternative treatment, call JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center at our Sterling office by dialing (703) 444-4188. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly.