If you feel self-conscious about crooked, chipped, discolored or unevenly spaced teeth, porcelain veneers may be an ideal option to help you achieve the beautiful smile and improved self-confidence you deserve. Perhaps you’ve been considering braces but don’t want to deal with the time or maintenance involved with orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers are a great way to enhance your smile quickly and painlessly.
To learn more about porcelain veneers, please contact us online or over the phone to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists. If you live in the Arlington, Virginia area, call Arlington Dental Aesthetics at 703-527-1020. If you live in South Riding, please call South Riding Smiles at 703-327-7705.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are made of remarkably thin shells of porcelain that fit over the top of your natural tooth to create an attractive appearance. Each veneer is customized to fit your smile and match the color of your existing teeth so that your results appear completely natural.
Veneers are an effective cosmetic dentistry option used to improve the appearance of teeth that are:
- Stained or discolored
Porcelain veneers are long-lasting. It’s important to remember that the decision to get veneers will affect your smile for many years to come.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Many of our patients enjoy the dazzling results of their porcelain veneers for decades, and regret not getting them sooner. The lifespan of your veneers will depend significantly on your commitment to oral hygiene and regular visits with our dentists. Veneers are made of durable, stain-resistant dental porcelain, but without adequate care, the porcelain can become discolored. Fortunately, maintaining porcelain veneers is easy; you simply treat them as you would your natural teeth, with routine brushing and flossing.
It will also be helpful to use some caution when you eat. Try to avoid biting down on hard substances like cherry pits. Chewing on other materials, such as pencils or fingernails can also negatively affect your veneers.
If you have a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism), our dentist may fit you with an oral appliance to wear during sleep to protect your veneers.
Veneers vs. Crowns
Both dental veneers and porcelain crowns have advantages in certain cases. The best way to determine which cosmetic dental procedure is best for your situation is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. Generally speaking, the main differences between crowns and veneers include:
- Crowns can withstand greater force from chewing than veneers.
- Veneers are generally used for only cosmetic purposes, covering teeth that are usually healthy. Crowns are used for teeth that need strengthening or are badly damaged.
- Veneers are thinner than crowns and are usually only placed on the front teeth.
- Once a tooth gets a crown, it will always need one. The same is often true with veneers, however some veneers are reversible.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
A radiant smile is worth a lot. An investment in your appearance can greatly improve your self-image and confidence in social and professional interactions. When considering the cost of veneers, it’s important to also weigh the value of a dazzling smile.
The cost of veneers varies depending on the amount of work needed and the difficulty of your unique case. The best way to find out what you can expect to pay for your veneers is to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. Not only will you be provided with a detailed cost estimate, we will explain the pros and cons of alternative treatments so you can make an informed decision on how best to proceed.
As with most cosmetic dentistry treatments, dental insurance does not typically cover the cost of dental veneers. However, we believe that cost should never stand in the way of a beautiful smile, so we have a variety of payment and financing options to choose from.
Contact Us Today to Schedule an Appointment
If you live in Arlington or South Riding, Virginia and would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, please call us today to schedule an appointment. Please call Arlington Dental Aesthetics at 703-527-1020 or South Riding Smiles at 703-327-7705.