Veneers can truly transform your smile and your confidence with lasting beautiful results. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers offer a range of benefits that contribute to enhancing the appearance and function of a person's smile. Some of the key advantages of porcelain veneers include:
- Natural appearance: Veneers are designed to mimic the natural look of teeth, providing a seamless and aesthetically pleasing smile.
- Stain resistance: Porcelain is highly resistant to stains, ensuring long-term brightness and a radiant smile.
- Durability: Veneers are durable and can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
- Versatility: They can address various cosmetic concerns, including chipped, stained, or misaligned teeth, providing a comprehensive solution for smile enhancement.
- Minimal tooth alteration: Compared to other dental restorations, veneers require minimal alteration of the natural tooth structure during the application process.
- Boosted self-confidence: By improving the appearance of the teeth, veneers can significantly enhance self-esteem and overall confidence, leading to a more positive self-image and improved social interactions.
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even nicotine stains, and unsurpassed by other restorative options. With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Your veneers will be crafted from the highest quality porcelains and bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
Who is a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option for individuals seeking to enhance the appearance of their smile. Ideal candidates for porcelain veneers typically include those who:
- Have chipped, cracked, or worn teeth
- Have discolored or stained teeth that are resistant to whitening treatments
- Have gaps or spaces between their teeth
- Desire to improve the shape or size of their teeth
- Have minor misalignments or uneven teeth
- Maintain good oral health and hygiene
However, it's crucial for candidates to consult with our Ashburn cosmetic dentist for a comprehensive evaluation to determine if porcelain veneers are the most suitable option for achieving their desired aesthetic results.
How to Care for Veneers
Caring for veneers is essential to maintain their appearance and durability. Here are some tips on how to care for veneers:
- Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent decay around the veneers.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush: Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching or damaging the surface of the veneers.
- Avoid biting hard objects: Avoid biting on hard objects like ice, pens, or fingernails, as this can chip or damage the veneers.
- Wear a mouthguard: If you grind your teeth at night or participate in contact sports, wearing a mouthguard can help protect your veneers from damage.
- Limit stain-causing foods and beverages: Minimize consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries, or rinse your mouth with water after consuming them to reduce staining.
How Long do Veneers Last?
The longevity of veneers depends on various factors, including the quality of the materials used, oral hygiene practices, and lifestyle habits. On average, porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or even longer with proper care.
Both our Ashburn porcelain veneers and BioClear veneers are available to fit your smile goals and budget. Schedule a consultation by calling us at (703) 337-3494 to discuss the best option for your healthy smile!