Dental Treatments

Porcelain Dental Veneers

Achieve a beautiful white smile with porcelain veneers!
As a leading cosmetic dental practice in Fairfax, Virginia, Metropolitan Dental Centre offers dental veneers which can redesign and dramatically brighten the smiles of our patients. Porcelain dental veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. Veneers are a great way to close gaps, change the color, and restore badly shaped or crooked teeth. Veneer restorations can correct most dental problems, simply and quickly, to help you restore your beautiful smile.

Will porcelain veneers look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on a natural enamel appearance.

How durable are porcelain veneers?

Before & Afters

Before Porcelain Veneers After Porcelain Veneers
Before Porcelain Veneers After Porcelain Veneers

With proper care, porcelain dental veneers could brighten your smile for well over a decade. Dr. Kelliher will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.

The Procedure
Diagnosis and treatment planning:
You will want to take an active role in planning the design of your smile. Dr. Kelliher will review all the details of your dental veneers treatment and help you plan your new smile.

The second appointment will take one to two hours. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the added thickness. Approximately one half of a millimeter of tooth is removed. This may require little or no local anesthesia.

An impression is taken of your teeth and sent to the laboratory for fabrication. Temporary veneers are placed during this appointment. The new porcelain veneers should be ready for final delivery in approximately two to three weeks.

At the time of your third appointment, Dr. Kelliher will first place the veneer on your teeth with water or glycerin to check their fit and color. At this point the color of the veneer can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is determined, and the veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately one to two hours.

Care and follow up:
Brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks.

Maintenance of your new dental veneers
Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best esthetic success of your veneers.

You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after initial placement of your veneers. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Some sensitivity is normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists please call the office.

If you are a known clencher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. Dr. Kelliher may recommend a soft night guard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.

We hope that your new dental veneers fulfill your esthetic goal. With proper home care and scheduled visits, they are sure to provide you with a beautiful smile for years to come.

For any dental porcelain veneers related questions or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 703.503.5031 or email us, and our staff will happy to assist you.

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