Porcelain Veneers Treatment in Silver Spring, MD
In recent years, porcelain veneers have become more natural-looking and stronger than ever. Porcelain veneers can improve the color, shape, and alignment of your teeth with a quick, minimally invasive procedure. This treatment is very popular with patients that have small teeth and gaps. Do you have a gap between your two front teeth? We can permanently close it with porcelain veneers to improve your smile.
Dental veneers are highly durable because dentists make them using ultra-thin high quality ceramic materials. They can consist of other materials as well, like composite resin veneers. Porcelain veneers create a new surface that bonds well with present teeth. They reflect light much like your natural teeth, are stain and decay-resistant, and a permanent long-term dental repair. Our cosmetic dentist in Silver Spring MD, Dr. Rever, will work with you to create a custom smile using tooth-colored porcelain veneers.
Over the years, porcelain veneers have advanced in ways that allow patients to receive natural-looking results. We bond porcelain veneers directly to your existing tooth surface after we remove a minimal amount of tooth enamel. Your dentist will need to shave off a little enamel to make room for the veneers. This process does not hurt. Dr. Rever will consult with you to decide which types of veneers suit your dental health and cosmetic goals.
Dr. Rever may recommend porcelain veneers if patients suffer from:
- Yellow teeth
- Tooth damage
- Small teeth
- Cracked or malformed teeth
- Alignment and spacing issues
- Gaps between teeth
Porcelain Veneers Process: What to Expect
The first step in the process is a thorough and personal consultation with Dr. Rever. Don’t be afraid to discuss your cosmetic dental goals, expectations, and ideas for your new smile. Together, you and Dr. Rever will build a dental treatment plan to achieve the results that you want.
This plan may include a combination of veneers, and other dental treatments that you approve. Dr. Rever believes in addressing the root of the problem before cosmetic issues. So, a healthy oral base will provide you with the best long-term results.
At your initial visit, we will take a mold of your teeth and send it to a certified dental laboratory. There, the ceramists will hand-craft the porcelain veneers to fit exact specifications. During this time, we will give you a set of temporary veneers to wear for a few weeks while the dental lab crafts your permanent ones. Once your veneers are ready, we will call you in for a placement visit. Dr. Rever will skillfully bond your new veneers onto your previously prepped teeth. He will polish and adjust them accordingly.
Dr. Rever will give you instructions on proper maintenance for your new veneers. It’s important to care for them just as if they were your real teeth. Though stain and decay resistant, porcelain dental veneers require healthy surrounding tissue to succeed. Keep up with your oral health routine, brush and floss often, and they will last a long time.
Recovery and Aftercare
Veneers are strong and can last up to 10 years before they need replacement. It’s important for you to follow certain post-procedure care instructions after getting your new set of porcelain veneers. These instructions will ensure that your new set of teeth lasts as long as possible with minimal wear and tear from daily use.
There may be costs and added time associated with repairing an existing restoration, so your dentist will advise you accordingly.
It’s important to see your dentist and hygienist for regular exams and dental cleanings. This helps keep the health of your mouth intact, which ensures that there are no issues for your veneers.
To prevent damaging your new veneers, it’s best to avoid biting or chewing on hard objects like ice. When opening a package, use an opener instead of your teeth. Also avoid eating foods that could cause dental damage.
Use non-abrasive toothpaste to brush your teeth. Veneers are smoother, more polishable products than most other porcelain dental restorations. This means that it’s less likely that they will get stains from food and drinks after the procedure is complete. However, we still recommend brushing your teeth and veneers after drinking red wine, coffee, tea and sugary drinks.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Will porcelain veneers stain my teeth?
No. Porcelain is a highly stain-resistant material that does not damage your teeth. Plus, veneers do not respond to teeth whitening treatments. We will fix any damage your teeth have before placing veneers. Be sure to keep up with your oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth stain-free.
Are porcelain veneers reversible?
Once we attach them, they are permanent. Technically, your dentist can remove them in case of an emergency such as dental trauma. We can’t reuse the veneers because the removal process will damage them.
Can a dentist shorten porcelain veneers?
Yes, it is possible, but would require your cosmetic dentist to make the decision. It takes skill and precision to successfully reshape veneers after the dentist permanently attaches them. Your dentist cannot repair chipped or fractured porcelain veneers.
When do I replace porcelain veneers?
You should never have to replace porcelain veneers on a routine basis. They can last for more than 10 years without issues. If your veneer falls off or takes damage, we can replace it. Your dentist can also replace your porcelain veneer if it stains or creates a cavity.
How do dentists attach porcelain veneers?
Your dentist attaches them using a dental cement material, or a filler material like composite resin, that is safe for your mouth. This material is non-toxic and cures in an instant so that there is no chance of you swallow it on accident.
Schedule A Worry-Free Visit
If you think you can benefit from this cosmetic dental procedure, give us a call at (301) 637-0960 today. Consider getting porcelain veneers for an instant smile makeover at Advanced Total Dental Care.