The appearance of your smile is important to your confidence. However, if you are like 50% of adult Americans, you are concerned about how your teeth look. There are several factors that hurt the appearance of your smile, such as discoloration, poor alignment, and chipped teeth. As a result, you may be ready to improve your smile with porcelain veneers. Veneers are a minimally invasive means to achieve drastic results with the help of your cosmetic dentist in Fairfax, VA. However, veneers are a fairly big commitment. We understand you have some questions about the procedure. We have the answers to your top questions about porcelain veneers.
What is Involved with the Procedure?
Since veneers made of porcelain are thinner than those made of other materials, they are quite a bit thinner. This allows the procedure to be minimally invasive while producing very little discomfort. After performing an initial consultation, we will create a customized treatment plan that will require two appointments.
During the first appointment, we will clean your teeth prior to prepping the teeth. While we prep your teeth, we may use a local anesthetic while removing about .5mm of enamel. This is necessary to ensure the veneers sit flush on your teeth. Then, we will take impressions of your teeth to create your custom-made veneers.
It takes about one to two weeks for the dental lab to create your veneers, so we will attach temporary veneers in the meantime. After your new veneers are ready, we remove the temporary veneers and ensure the permanent veneers fit correctly prior to bonding them. After all the necessary adjustments are made, we use a light-sensitive resin to bond the veneers to your teeth.
During the next few days, you may experience some sensitivity to temperature changes, but this will dissipate. About a week after your new veneers are in place, we may recommend a follow-up appointment.
How Do I Care for Veneers?
Although the veneers are not prone to cavities or staining, your underlying teeth can still be damaged. You will need to maintain proper home oral hygiene using nonabrasive products. In addition, you will need to visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
You will need to adjust certain habits to ensure the longevity of the veneers. For example, do not use the teeth as tools or bite your nails. Do not eat or chew on overly hard foods, such as candy apples or opening pistachio nuts with your teeth. With the right care, your veneers can last an average of 10 years before needing replaced.
Where Can I Get Porcelain Veneers?
Mosaic Smiles offers porcelain veneers in Fairfax, VA. As a cosmetic dentist, we will drastically transform your smile to correct cosmetic flaws. If you are ready to love your smile, it is time to schedule your consultation for porcelain veneers. We will evaluate your teeth and discuss your desired results to create a comprehensive treatment plan. In as little as two appointments, you will have the dazzling, confident smile you have always wanted.