Dental One Associates of Westminster
412 Malcolm Drive, Suite 100, Westminster, MD 21157
Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments because they mask a wide range of cosmetic issues, including discoloration, gaps, chips and minor misalignment issues. The first veneers, which were temporary, were used in Hollywood to give movie actors nice teeth. Today, with very durable porcelain and dental cement, anyone can have a permanent Hollywood smile. Our dentist in Westminster will help you choose veneers in a color and shape that compliment your facial features and look perfectly natural.
Veneers are very thin tooth-shaped shells your dentist cements to the front of your tooth. Our dentists are skilled at helping you select the right porcelain veneers to blend in easily with your other teeth; no one will know you’ve had any dental work done unless you tell them. These devices offer long-term cosmetic enhancement and can change a tooth’s:
Color: If you have discolored or yellowed teeth which won’t respond to whitening treatments, veneers can make a major improvement in your smile, making you look instantly more attractive, younger and healthier. You won’t have to hide your smile behind your hand ever again.
Size and Shape: Worn teeth and teeth that are too short can age you. Veneers can also change the shape of your teeth, giving you rounded edges or more square edges, depending on your face shape. Your dentist may also suggest a veneer to hide a chipped tooth which is making you look unkempt.
Alignment and Spacing: Veneers can mask gaps between your teeth or hide a slightly misaligned tooth to enhance your smile. It may be possible for you to have the smile of your dreams without braces.
The porcelain veneers procedure takes two appointments, not including your initial appointment. During the first appointment, your dentist will ask you to pick out a color for your veneers, and then he or she will remove a very small amount of enamel off the front of your tooth so the veneer is flush with your other teeth. After your tooth reduction, your dentist will make a mold to send to the dental lab that is fabricating your veneer. In about two weeks, you’ll return to have the veneer bonded to your tooth after your dentist verifies it fits correctly. If you’re searching for veneers porcelain, call our office in Westminster to request a consultation to see if veneers can improve your smile.
The porcelain veneers cost varies among our patients depending on the number of veneers and the brand chosen. Certain veneers, such as those used to close gaps between teeth, are more difficult to place, therefore, the fee is slightly higher. We do our best to keep our fees affordable. Call us to ask for a consultation and one of our dentists can assess your needs and estimate your cost for veneers.
Both veneers and crowns made of porcelain look as lustrous as a natural tooth; however, the two restorations have different uses. Your dentist will suggest a crown after a root canal or to add strength to a broken tooth. Veneers hide minor cosmetic issues, but they cannot strengthen a weak tooth.
You can expect your veneers to last several decades if you take good care of them. Don’t use your teeth to open packages or bite on pens or other non-food objects. Avoid candy that sticks to your teeth and biting into hard foods. If you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night, invest in a custom mouth guard to protect your veneers.
You will treat your teeth with veneers on them the same as your other teeth, by brushing at least twice each day and flossing daily. Use a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive brand of toothpaste. Continue with your six-month dental exams and teeth cleanings; your hygienist will use a special paste to polish your veneers that isn’t gritty.
Call our dental office at (410) 970-0292 and a member of our friendly staff will arrange a consultation for you. We enjoy meeting new patients and seeing them delight in their new smile.