One of the most exciting cosmetic services we offer at Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is dental veneers. Veneers are the secret behind many of Hollywood’s dazzling smiles. Unlike crowns, veneers only cover the front of the teeth, but they can transform misshapen, gapped or dull yellow teeth into beautiful bright white perfection.
Dental veneers made of porcelain have the most realistic-looking appearance and light reflection. Porcelain is so similar in translucence and light reflection to tooth enamel that when you have porcelain veneers, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between your front teeth with veneers and your other teeth. But porcelain veneers do have some disadvantages over composite resin veneers. They are more expensive, and they are not reversible. If they break, they must be replaced.
Composite or resin veneers are the more economical choice, but they still look very realistic and are made from the same materials that are used for other cosmetic and restorative dentistry like cosmetic bonding and white fillings. This assures you that composite veneers are sturdy and durable. If they should chip or break, they can be repaired without the need for complete replacement.
Veneers differ from dental crowns because they are very thin and can only cover the front of a tooth.
This means they cannot be used to restore a tooth that is damaged or decayed. But veneers can conceal many cosmetic problems including lines, dark spots, chips, uneven surfaces and gaps. You can also brighten your smile by choosing veneers in a brighter, whiter shade.
“I was reluctant to seek help for my teeth. But when Dr. Whitman suggested dental veneers, it felt too good to be true. Now, I can’t stop smiling! I wish I’d gotten them years ago.”
— Pam, Leesburg, VA
Pam had a couple issues with her smile that she wasn’t sure could be fixed. Her front teeth were slightly uneven in appearance due to their natural shape, and she also had dental fluorosis, a condition in which chalky white spots appear on the tooth enamel.
Although Pam wanted to fix her teeth, she didn’t know where to start. She was also told by a previous dentist that the appearance of her dental fluorosis couldn’t be fixed.
Her expectations for her smile changed when she came to see Dr. Whitman at Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. During her consultation, Dr. Whitman and Pam spoke about correcting her dental fluorosis and uneven teeth with dental veneers on her front teeth.
These ceramic shells covered Pam’s visible teeth and gave her smile a completely uniform appearance, both in shape and color. “The results are so stunning, and Dr. Whitman made the process so easy. I’m thrilled with my smile!”
The first step in getting traditional veneers is to prepare your teeth. Dr. Whitman does this by removing some of your natural enamel to allow the veneers to adhere and prevent a bulky look. She will take impressions of your teeth to design the veneers. When your veneers are completed in a dental laboratory, they are placed on your teeth. After checking the fit and overall appearance, the final step is cementing of the veneers in place. Composite veneers are similar to cosmetic bonding. There is less preparation of the teeth required for composite veneers. The teeth are roughened and conditioned to help the resin bond to them. The resin is applied to the teeth, molded and shaped, and then cured with laser light. After curing, the teeth can be further shaped to perfect your new smile.
Dental Veneers FAQs
Frequently asked questions about dental veneers:
Is getting veneers painful?
The application of veneers is generally a comfortable experience, but for some patients, a local anesthetic is advisable before the preparation of the tooth. For composite veneers, usually no anesthetic is necessary.
Can I eat and drink normally after I get veneers?
Yes you can, but you should be careful with utensils and heavy mugs or beverage containers. For the first few days after getting veneers, your teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks.
Do I need to use special toothpaste for veneers?
As long as you use non-abrasive toothpaste, your usual toothpaste is fine. You should continue to brush and floss normally when you have veneers.
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