The natural appearance of your teeth isn’t always within your control. Chips, cracks, and discoloration can occur even with the best brushing and flossing routine. If you’re frustrated and embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth, top cosmetic and Charlottesville porcelain veneer dentist, Dr. Al offers beautiful, natural looking, long-lasting solutions.
We know it can be difficult to choose a cosmetic dentist for veneers so make sure you do your research and check out your dentist’s patient reviews on Google. Our dental office is proud of our 5 star reputation and the cosmetic work we have provided for our amazing patients. Another aspect is determining whether you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Scheduling a consultation with us is how we will ultimately determine this so if you are ready to get started please call or schedule here. If you’d like to learn a bit more about dental veneers first and what makes a good candidate – read below prior to calling us!
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain customized to fit over your damaged or unsightly teeth. Porcelain veneers are popular because they’re strong, durable, stain-resistant, and natural-looking. Whether you need a single porcelain veneer to cover a cracked tooth, or multiple veneers to repair all visible teeth, you can get the enhanced smile you want.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Applied?
The veneer process begins with impressions of your teeth to customize the size and shape of your veneers. You’ll work with our dentist to select a shade that matches your smile or brightens it and looks perfectly natural.
In order to apply each porcelain veneer, we need to gently remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth. This makes enough room for the thin veneer to lay flat on your teeth and feel natural in your mouth. For those that get their nails done, think of this as when you get a gel manicure and the nail technician roughs up a touch of your nail bed before applying the polish.
Each veneer is bonded to its designated tooth. With proper oral care, porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years plus before repairs or replacement may be needed.
3 Signs You’re a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain isn’t the only material available for veneers, but it’s one of the most popular and durable. You may be a good candidate for porcelain if you meet the following criteria.
You Want to Conceal Imperfections on Your Teeth
Porcelain veneers are best for people with dental imperfections that can’t be fixed with professional teeth whitening or braces alone. Your teeth may be permanently stained, chipped, or misshapen.
You Have Otherwise Healthy Teeth
You can’t receive porcelain veneers if you show signs of gum disease, tooth decay, or other serious oral issues. You need to receive treatment for these conditions before it’s safe to receive porcelain veneers. Once these oral issues are taken care of, veneers can then be applied.
You Won’t Want or Need Future Orthodontic Treatment
It’s important to understand that you can’t receive orthodontic treatment after receiving porcelain veneers. Trying to straighten or realign your teeth with veneers can ruin your veneers and cause additional damage to your teeth. Make sure you’ve completed all Invisalign and spacing treatments before committing to porcelain veneers. Veneers can repair minor spacing issues, this is done on a case by case basis.
Dr. Al offers superior porcelain veneer procedures to help you smile with confidence. Schedule your cosmetic dental consultation online or call today to learn more.