Have you noticed how most celebrities have perfectly aligned, gleaming smiles? In many cases, those famous grins are the result of dental veneers. Veneers can create an entirely new smile in a short period. Many men and women from Ashburn, Virginia, and beyond come to My Ashburn Dentist because of their skill in placing dental veneers. If you want to learn more about this exciting cosmetic dentistry procedure, call or book online to schedule a consultation with My Ashburn Dentist today.
Veneers Q & A
What issues can dental veneers improve?
Dental veneers cover the surface of your natural teeth and are made of porcelain. They’re custom-crafted and can be shaped and sized to address a wide range of issues. Many people choose dental veneers to improve the appearance of:
- Chipped teeth
- Minor misalignment
- Tooth decay
Veneers can be colored to match the shade of your natural teeth. Most people will never even realize that you have veneers; they simply notice your gorgeous smile.
What is the process for getting veneers?
The first step in getting veneers is a thorough consultation with Dr. Rusznak. He examines your smile and asks about your goals. If he determines that dental veneers are a good fit for your needs, you schedule the next appointment.
At that time, Dr. Rusznak prepares your teeth by removing a tiny portion of your enamel. That allows the porcelain veneer to fit directly over your natural teeth. He makes a model or image of your teeth, which the dental lab uses to create your customized veneers.
Once the veneers arrive, you return for the final appointment. Dr. Rusznak checks the veneers for fit and trims them until they’re perfect for your teeth. Then he uses a special cement to bond the veneers into place, using a light beam to harden and cure the bonding material.
You may be asked to return for a follow-up appointment to make sure that your gum tissue is healthy and isn’t negatively impacted by your new veneers.
How long will my dental veneers last?
There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to the lifespan of your veneers. In general, veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. You can ensure further longevity by taking good care of them.
Take care when eating foods that could harm your teeth, such as popcorn (hidden, unpopped kernels) or hard candy. Never use your teeth to pry or open things. Avoid chewing ice, which can cause your teeth to crack.
With proper care, your veneers can boost the wattage of your smile for many years to come. They also can be replaced when needed.