Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made laminates bonded to the front of your teeth to change their color, shape, or size. They’re made of porcelain material that looks more natural and resists stains better than resin. At Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentist will help you choose the color of your veneers to ensure they match the rest of your smile.
The Procedure for Veneers
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that cover the front of the teeth. They are custom-made in a dental lab and fit your mouth precisely, giving you a natural and comfortable smile that you can be proud of. To prepare for veneers, your dentist will remove a thin layer of your enamel to make room for the veneer to fit comfortably in your mouth. Then they will take an impression of your teeth and send that to a dental lab where your custom veneers will be made. Once your new custom set of veneers is ready, you’ll return to the office to have them placed. Your dentist will secure them with dental cement, then check your bite to ensure it’s comfortable and that you’re showing off your new beautiful smile! They are great for permanently stained or discolored teeth but are not the best for highly crooked teeth.
The Benefits of Veneers
Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that fit over the front of your teeth to correct chips, gaps, stains, and other imperfections. Unlike crowns, veneers don’t require extensive shaping or preparation on your tooth before placement. They’re also stain-resistant and can last for years before needing replacement. For these reasons, veneers are often considered one of the most conservative cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Veneers are also a versatile treatment option because they can be used to correct a wide variety of issues, from minor to major. Sometimes people elect to have a few veneers placed to address multiple concerns simultaneously. While cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening can improve the appearance of your smile, these treatments are only temporary. They don’t address the underlying functional problems that can compromise your oral health. You don’t have to choose between aesthetics and function with veneers because your dentist can address both issues with one convenient procedure.
Often, patients choose to get veneers on their front teeth because alignment and color are essential in creating a beautiful smile. To learn more about veneers and how they can improve the look of your smile, contact Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry at 2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328, Washington, DC 20037, or call (202) 785-4141.