Your smile conveys happiness and confidence, and it can also
affect how you look and feel about yourself. We want to tell you about the
benefits of cosmetic dentistry and how we can help you smile your best.
With advances in dentistry,
you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped or misshapen teeth. For
years, we have helped countless individuals improve their appearances with
veneers. Veneers are custom-made, durable shells specially prepared to make
your teeth look natural. They are affixed directly to the tooth, often
without the need for an anesthetic. Veneering is a simple procedure
requiring just a few appointments.
There are two types of
veneers, ceramic veneers (sometimes called laminates) and composite resin
veneers. Here’s a quick definition below:
Ceramic veneers are extremely thin shells made of a strong and
durable dental ceramic. The dentist removes a small amount of enamel from
the front and sides of the tooth. This makes room for the veneer and
prevents the restored tooth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural.
Impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab that makes the ceramic
veneers to fit your individual teeth. After completion, the final veneers
are bonded to teeth.
Composite veneers generally are done in one appointment.
After the tooth is prepared and reshaped, the dentist carefully bonds and
sculpts the composite material in a color that matches your other teeth. A
special light is used to harden the composite. The veneer is smoothed and
polished to look like a natural tooth.
I’ll help you decide which
material is best for you, based on durability, stain resistance, color and
natural look for your smile.
If you or your family and friends would like to learn
more about how veneers can make a difference in your life, please call us to
set up an appointment at (703) 293-6300. We’d be happy to
discuss the options most suitable for you. Thank you for choosing us as
your dental care provider—we appreciate you!