Ballston Dental Arts
900 N Taylor Street, Suite 150, Arlington, VA 22203
If gaps, chips, discoloration, or other imperfections in your teeth have you hiding your smile, veneers can improve the aesthetics of your teeth and boost your self-confidence. Schedule a consultation today with one of our Arlington dentists to find out if the porcelain veneers procedure is right for you.
Veneers made from porcelain attach securely to the surface of the tooth and are designed to resemble natural tooth enamel. Veneers are typically used to correct issues involving the size, shape, spacing, color, or alignment of otherwise healthy teeth.
The process is painless and starts with the dentist making a mold of your teeth to ensure that each porcelain veneer fits perfectly. Depending on your situation and the type of veneer used, the dentist may have to remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your tooth to attach the veneer. Unlike natural teeth, veneers resist staining. They are also extremely comfortable and blend in with your natural teeth.
Veneers porcelain and crowns are both permanent and are made from similar materials. While a veneer attaches to the front surface of the tooth, porcelain crowns fit over the entire tooth, which is why they are sometimes referred to as porcelain teeth. Veneers are appropriate for correcting minor cosmetic issues. A crown, on the other hand, is more appropriate for heavily damaged teeth or back teeth that are subjected to more force when chewing since they help to reinforce the tooth. Crowns also require the removal of a considerable amount of the tooth enamel in order to obtain the proper fit.
With daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental care, veneers can last for decades. While veneers are made to withstand normal use, you will need to avoid activities that could damage them, such as opening bottles with your teeth or biting into extremely hard foods. If you tend to grind your teeth when you sleep, you may want to ask your dentist about a night guard to protect your veneers from excessive wear.
Lumineers® are a special type of ultrathin veneer. Because they are thinner than typical veneers, the dentist normally does not have to remove any of your natural tooth enamel. Even though Lumineers® are quite thin, they can still last up to 20 years.
The type of veneers used, the number of veneers required, and the overall condition of your teeth will factor into your porcelain veneers cost. Your dentist will provide you with an estimate for your procedure following your initial consultation. Our staff will also help you find payment options to make your veneers as affordable as possible.
If you are ready to reclaim your smile, our friendly and knowledgeable dentists and staff are ready to help. Call us at (703) 291-3111 for more information or to schedule a consultation.