FAQs about Porcelain Veneers
It can be hard to deal with cosmetically flawed teeth—chips, cracks, and discolorations are all on display for the world to see, which can understandably make you feel a little self-conscious in social situations. Fortunately, porcelain veneers, offered by your Bethesda, MD, dentist, Dr. John Kelley, provide a simple, effective solution for your tooth flaws!
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that fit over the fronts of your teeth. They're made of porcelain, a durable, translucent material that looks very much like tooth enamel.
How are porcelain veneers applied to my teeth?
Before you can receive veneers, your Bethesda dentist removes a very small amount of enamel from the fronts of your teeth before making an impression of your mouth. These molds are then sent to a dental lab, where your new veneers will be constructed. During this one-to-two week waiting period, you may wear temporary veneers
Once your porcelain veneers are ready, your dentist will evaluate their fit and make a few small adjustments if necessary. When you and your dentist are satisfied with the fit, he'll use dental cement to attach the veneers to the fronts of your teeth.
What types of flaws can veneers conceal?
Almost any type of imperfection that affects the fronts of your teeth can be hidden under a porcelain veneer. The restorations are an excellent choice if you have any bumpy, chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. They can also be used to eliminate slight gaps between teeth, extend tooth length, or even change tooth shape.
Would you like a movie star-white smile? Veneers are often used to whiten teeth and can offer longer lasting results than with teeth whitening treatment.
Will my veneers look stained after a few years?
Veneers are very stain resistant. You can continue to enjoy coffee, tea, cola, or wine without worrying about stains when you wear them.
Do veneers require special care?
Brushing and flossing will keep your veneers looking new. Although veneers are tough, they can still chip or break if you are using your teeth to open packages, gnaw on ice cubes, or eat hard nuts.
Interested? Give us a call
Renew your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your Bethesda, MD, dentist, Dr. John Kelley, at (301) 657-3220 to schedule an appointment.