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If you have crooked, chipped, discolored or unevenly spaced teeth, you may think you will need expensive dental work to improve your smile. Porcelain veneers are a quick, effective and popular way to enhance your smile. Read on to learn more about veneers and why you should consider them.


Porcelain veneers offer patients an alternative when slight adjustments need to be made in the color, size and position of teeth. They are ideal for teeth that are chipped, broken, crooked, irregularly shaped, discolored or just worn down. They can fix gaps between teeth as well.

What is a porcelain veneer?

Porcelain veneers are made of extremely thin shells of porcelain. This stain-resistant material fits over the top of your natural tooth to provide a natural tooth appearance. The color of the porcelain veneer can be made to blend in with surrounding natural teeth or existing surrounding teeth can be whitened before veneers are placed so all tooth color blends evenly.

Treatment steps

Getting porcelain veneers will require a few trips to the dentist. This process begins with a consultation, creation of the veneers and applying them. Once you meet with your dentist and determine that you are a good candidate, the next step is preparing the affected teeth. The dentist will need to reshape the surface of each tooth and trim off a small amount of enamel where the veneer will adhere to the surface of the tooth. An impression of the tooth is sent to a dental laboratory where the veneer will be made.

Once the veneers have been created, you return to the dentist’s office for placement. Your dentist will place the veneer on the tooth to examine the fit and make sure it’s the right color. If everything looks good, your dentist will make any adjustments and then bond the veneer to the tooth using a special cement. Once excess cement is removed and final adjustments made, you are ready to enjoy your new smile.

Contact our Northern Virginia Dentists

Please call 703-214-3182 to schedule an appointment at Arlington Dental Aesthetics or 703-214-3186 for an appointment at South Riding Smiles. We serve patients in Arlington, South Riding and throughout Northern Virginia.

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