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With porcelain veneers, nearly everyone can have a smile worthy of a Hollywood movie star. Veneers can easily correct a wide range of cosmetic issues. Imagine the self-confidence that comes from knowing your smile looks great; you never have to worry about yellow teeth or a chipped or crooked tooth again. Our dentists in Oxon Hill enjoy seeing patients grin as they check out their new smile for the first time after having veneers put on.
Why Do Patients Choose Porcelain Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a tooth enhancement that is custom-made in the size and color you desire. Your dentist permanently bonds this shell to the front of your tooth. Veneers hide cosmetic imperfections, such as:
Tooth Color: Veneers can hide stained teeth which don’t respond to teeth whitening treatments. Intrinsic stains, which are deep within your tooth, will never whiten; covering them with a veneer will keep the tooth from standing out. You can also have veneers put on your front teeth if they look yellow or grayish, even after a whitening treatment. You’ll look healthier, more vibrant and younger with a nice white smile.
Tooth Size and Shape: Porcelain veneers can elongate too short or worn down teeth to bring out your smile. They can also hide misshapen teeth and cover chips and small cracks. It’s amazing how a veneer on a chipped tooth can transform your smile, giving you the self-confidence to excel in personal and professional situations.
Alignment and Spacing: You don’t always need braces to close gaps between your teeth. Skilled dentists can place veneers on your front teeth, masking the gaps that have made you feel self-conscious about smiling. You can also mask teeth with minor to moderate misalignment issues, giving yourself the straight smile you deserve without the hassle of getting braces put on your teeth.
To prepare your teeth for the porcelain veneers procedure, your dentist will remove a thin layer of the front of your tooth equal to the thickness of the veneer. He or she will then make a mold for the dental lab to use to fabricate your custom veneer. You’ll wear a temporary veneer for about two weeks. When you return, your dentist will make certain your new veneer fits correctly before cementing it to your tooth. There are ultra-thin veneers that do not require any tooth reduction. Our dentist in Oxon Hill will help you select veneers which are right for you.
What’s the Typical Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Your personal porcelain veneers cost depends on the number of veneers you decide upon; most people either get one to cover a discolored tooth or six to eight veneers for a smile makeover. Your cost for veneers also depends on how difficult they are to place. Please call us for a consultation and your dentist can determine your needs based on your goals and then tell you your estimated cost.
Are Veneers Similar to Porcelain Crowns?
Both are restorations made from porcelain, but that is where the similarity ends. Veneers only cover the front of a tooth; crowns cover the entire tooth. Veneers mask minor cosmetic imperfections while a crown offers a weakened tooth structural stability. Dental insurance typically covers crowns because they are necessary to make a tooth usable again; however, dental insurance rarely covers veneers as they are purely cosmetic.
How Long Do Porcelain Teeth Last?
If you refrain from using your teeth as tools to open things and untie knots, your veneers will last for at least a decade or two. You also have to protect your investment with a custom mouth guard if you grind your teeth or play contact sports. These tips will also keep your natural teeth from chipping or breaking.
How Are Lumineers® Different from Traditional Veneers?
When you have a dentist place veneers on your teeth, the dentist has to grind down a thin layer of enamel so the veneer does not stand out from your other teeth. With Lumineers®, there’s a good chance your dentist won’t have to do any prep work as Lumineers are ultra-thin. However, they are just as strong as other veneers porcelain. Call us today if you would like a consultation to learn more about Lumineers.
What Type of Care Do Veneers Require?
Veneers are simple to care for; you brush them with a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft toothbrush and floss daily. When you have your teeth professionally cleaned, your hygienist will use special polishing paste to ensure your veneers maintain their highly polished surface.
Where Can I Find Porcelain Veneers in Oxon Hill
Call us at (240) 766-8568 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We offer veneers and Lumineers for patients who want to mask teeth with cosmetic imperfections.