Porcelain Veneers – Fairfax, VA
Quickly Creating Gorgeous Smiles
Porcelain veneers in Fairfax, VA are a wonderful way to invest in yourself. This treatment can completely cover up the appearance of the teeth that show when you smile -- dramatically remaking your overall “look.” Fairfax Dental Group is pleased to offer stunning veneers alongside our full list of cosmetic dentistry services. Below, find everything you need to know about porcelain veneers, including how they work, who they are for, and how to get started.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain/dental veneers (or just “veneers”) are thin restorations that can be placed on the front side of the upper teeth in the front of your mouth. These teeth are the ones we also call the “social six,” since they affect the appearance of your smile the most. Porcelain veneers are permanent restorations and cannot be removed except by your dentist. They are considered an irreversible treatment -- meaning once you have had them, you will always need something covering up your teeth.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers are a good option for teeth that are healthy overall but which suffer from aesthetic issues.
Some of the most common issues that veneers can solve include:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Uneven or misshapen teeth
- Slight gaps between teeth
- Oddly textured teeth
- Minor crowding of front teeth
- Severely discolored teeth that have not responded to teeth whitening
How Are Porcelain Veneers Placed?
Veneers are placed over the course of two visits to our dental office. During the first appointment, your cosmetic dentist will put together your treatment plan and prepare the teeth to receive the new restorations. A small portion of enamel must be removed from the front side of each tooth. Once this has occurred, an impression or mold is made. Temporary veneers cover up the teeth for a period of one to two weeks while the permanent veneers are created in a separate lab.
Once the veneers are ready, you return to our dental office for the final appointment. This is when we take off the temporaries, check to make sure everything fits just right with the permanent ones, and place them securely onto the front of the teeth.
Considering the multitude of benefits they provide, it’s a pretty short process to get veneers. Once it is complete, we know you will love your new smile!
How Do I Maintain My Porcelain Veneers?
With proper care, veneers can last for up to 20 years. They will eventually need to be replaced due to natural wear and tear and changes in the structure of your mouth. To ensure that the veneers stay sturdy and functioning properly, keep the following tips in mind.
- Brush and floss regularly and gently, using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Avoid aggressive tooth brushing, which can lead to gum recession that exposes the tooth enamel and/or tooth’s root.
- Avoid biting directly into hard or crunchy foods.
- Visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. Porcelain does not stain, so your veneers will stay the same shade of white for years to come -- and a routine polish will ensure they sparkle as well.
Frequently Asked Questions – Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry services, and it’s not hard to see why. As an incredibly versatile treatment, it can address virtually any aesthetic imperfection that may lie within your smile. Since they are permanent, though, it’s important for you to be knowledgeable about them before you undergo treatment. That’s why we’ve included this FAQ section about veneers in Fairfax.
Does It Hurt to Get Veneers?
Before we prepare your teeth by shaving off some enamel, we’ll administer a local anesthetic to the area. This ensures that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. After your permanent veneers are placed, you may experience some soreness for the next few days, depending on how many veneers you received. This is normal, and can be managed by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen as needed.
Will Veneers Keep Me from Getting Cavities in Those Teeth?
While veneers address the cosmetic concerns of your teeth, they unfortunately don’t protect against tooth decay. There is still an equal chance of getting cavities in teeth with veneers and teeth without veneers. For this reason, it’s important to be proactive about your oral health. Brush and floss every day, and visit us for a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year.
Will My Veneers Look Natural?
There’s a reason we make veneers out of dental porcelain; they have a remarkable ability to mimic the properties of tooth enamel. They even reflect light in the exact same way! When we’re sending our data to the dental lab for them to craft your veneers, we take several aspects of your appearance into account, such as your skin tone, face shape, and the size, shape, and color of your surrounding teeth. Rest assured that no two veneers are exactly the same, and that yours will look like a perfectly natural part of your smile.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Veneers don’t come with a fixed cost; the price depends on various factors, such as how many veneers you’re receiving and whether your dental insurance will provide coverage. Most insurance companies don’t cover veneers since they’re often seen as a purely cosmetic treatment. In some cases, however, you may be eligible for up to 50% coverage. Our team will be more than happy to evaluate your benefits for you to determine your coverage.
What Happens If One of My Veneers Comes Off?
Although this is rare, it sometimes happens. First things first, try to remain calm and call our office right away. Do NOT attempt to reattach the veneers yourself using glue. Doing so could permanently damage the veneer and your tooth. We’ll do our best to see you right away and alleviate the problem.
Get in Touch Today!
If you are interested in improving the appearance of the teeth that show when you smile, we encourage you to get in touch with your cosmetic dentist in Fairfax right away. We can’t wait to help you love your grin! Contact us today.