Versatile Veneers: The Perfect Cover-Up

You want people to notice your smile — not your smile flaws. If conspicuous gaps, crooked teeth, unsightly chips, or permanent stains leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile, veneers may be the perfect solution.

The cosmetic dental specialists at Smiles in Springfield in Springfield, Virginia, can use veneers to conceal a wide range of aesthetic issues. Here’s how these ultra-thin porcelain shells transform your teeth to create a flawless smile in two quick and easy steps.

Conceal your smile flaws

Veneers were invented nearly a century ago by Dr. Charles Pincus, a California dentist and cosmetic specialist who aimed to give Hollywood actors an easy way to attain the perfect smile. Today, thanks to continual advances in cosmetic dentistry, veneers are more versatile and durable than ever before. 

Veneers can be used to conceal minor to moderate flaws, restore lost tooth structure, brighten your smile, or all the above. Also known as laminates, these custom-fitted porcelain (ceramic) shells are designed to look just like natural teeth — only better. They’re the perfect cover-up for:

No matter what your aesthetic concerns, veneers can be an ideal solution. In many cases, they’re an appealing, cost-effective, and long-lasting alternative to just about any other cosmetic solution, including bonding, crowns, and professional teeth whitening.     

Easy, effective, and durable 

As with any cosmetic treatment at Smiles in Springfield, a comprehensive dental exam and consultation is the first step in getting veneers. During this visit, your dentist assesses your oral health, evaluates your cosmetic issues, and discusses your treatment goals.  

If they determine that veneers are the best solution for your needs and goals, they can move on to smile design, or planning your cosmetic corrections and choosing the right shade of white for your veneers.  

The procedure itself is completed over the course of two relatively quick and painless visits.  

Visit one

During your first visit, your dentist prepares your teeth to receive veneers. The preparatory process for veneers involves lightly buffing and painlessly etching the front side of your teeth to remove about half a millimeter of enamel. 

Stripping away a thin layer of enamel is done for two reasons: to accommodate each ultra-thin veneer, and to promote a tighter bond between the veneer and the surface of your teeth.

Next, your dentist makes a mold, or impression, of each prepared tooth so a technician can fabricate your custom veneers in a specialty dental lab. You receive a set of temporary veneers to wear in the meantime. 

Visit two

A week or so later, once your veneers have arrived from the lab, you make a second office visit to have them fitted and secured. Your dentist begins by placing each veneer to check its fit and appearance. If necessary, they can make minor fit and color adjustments on the spot.  

The next and final step is to secure each veneer to its respective tooth, one by one, using a thin layer of dental cement and a specialized light to solidify the bond. Because they’re indelibly bonded to your teeth, veneers are incredibly strong and durable. 

Reveal your perfect smile

Whereas most cosmetic dental solutions are designed to treat one specific problem, veneers offer a comprehensive way to address multiple aesthetic issues at once. As a result, you can expect complete cosmetic correction that improves your smile in an instant. 

Even better, they’re fitted to perfection and designed to look just like natural teeth, so people will notice your beautiful smile — not your dental work.   

Veneers last an average of 10-15 years before they need to be replaced. To help yours last longer, brush and floss thoroughly twice a day, schedule regular dental cleanings and exams, and never use your teeth as tools.

If you’d like to find out how veneers can transform your smile, we can help. Call 703-634-4239 to schedule a visit with one of the cosmetic specialists in our Springfield, Virginia, office today.

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