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What Are Porcelain Veneers?

A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of stain resistant porcelain that a dentist bonds to the front of a tooth to change the tooth’s size, shape, length or color. They can cover chipped or misaligned teeth as well. Porcelain is very similar to a natural tooth; it reflects light and has the same texture as a natural tooth. Veneers an ideal way to change a healthy tooth’s aesthetics; they can completely transform your smile.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

There are several factors that can influence your porcelain veneers cost, including the number of veneers you are getting and what type of veneer you select. If you need any work done first, such as having decay removed from the tooth, this will also affect your total cost. Call our office today to schedule a consultation and learn what veneers will cost for your individual case. Additionally, you should check your dental insurance policy to determine if you have coverage for veneers.

Is a Porcelain Veneer Different from a Porcelain Crown?

A veneer is a false front for a tooth, while porcelain crowns cover an entire tooth, including the sides and back. Crowns can restore functionality, while veneers are typically only for aesthetic value. Less tooth structure has to be removed for a veneer, but both are excellent restoration choices. Our dentist can help you decide which is right for you.

Do Veneers Look Like Natural Teeth Like in the Before and After Photos?

Veneers porcelain closely resemble your other teeth, since they are fabricated in a lab to match the color and shape of your natural teeth. No one but a dentist should be able to tell the difference.

How Does a Dentist Prepare a Tooth for a Veneer?

After taking a mold so the lab can create a custom dental veneer, the dentist will take off a very small amount of your tooth enamel so the veneer does not stand out further than the rest of your teeth. You may wear a temporary veneer until your next appointment in the porcelain veneers procedure. Once the veneer comes back from the dental lab, our dentist checks for a proper fit and then cements the veneer to your tooth.

How Durable Are Porcelain Veneers?

A traditional veneer will last 10 to 20 years if you’re eating normal foods. Veneers will chip or break just as easily as your natural teeth if you chew ice or use your teeth to open a bottle cap. Proper oral hygiene will help a veneer to last longer, as will wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports.

What Are Lumineers®?

Lumineers® are porcelain teeth, just like veneers, but they are thinner than a traditional veneer. With Lumineers, our dentist typically does not have to remove any of your tooth enamel, yet despite their thinness, Lumineers can last for up to 20 years.

If you would like to see if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers in Falls Church, contact our office for a consultation.

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