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Dental Veneers in Northern Virginia

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. They are individually crafted for each patient and are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel. Veneers are used for an impressive number of cosmetic corrections, ranging from teeth whitening to orthodontic adjustments. Porcelain veneers rank among the most trusted and popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry, thanks to their lifelike appearance and wide array of functions.

When would I get a veneer?

Dental veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure.  Their primary function is to improve the look of your teeth. They can improve the color, shape or the position of your teeth, and they are also helpful in making a chipped tooth look whole again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part.  When orthodontics (braces) are not suitable, veneers can be used to close small gaps in the teeth. Another use is, if one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others. If you have a lot of crooked teeth, then a full set of veneers is the best option for having an absolutely perfect smile.

Am I eligible for a veneer?

The only way to determine a patients eligibility for veneers is by scheduling an appointment with one of our skilled cosmetic dentists. After evaluating your health history, current dental health, and the condition of your enamel, a dentist will make an informed decision regarding your suitability for this treatment. Usually patients with great oral health and hygiene with healthy enamel and specific cosmetic goals are ideal patients.

How much do veneers cost, and how long do they last?

Just like your own teeth, veneers can chip or break, however they should last for many years.  Our dental team will tell you how long each veneer should last and will review with you the best way to care for your new veneers. If a small chip occurs, it can typically be repaired: if not, a new veneer fitted when necessary. The costs for this treatment can vary from practice to practice, so it is important to discuss charges and treatment options with your dental team before starting treatment. They can cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to several thousand.  Call us today to schedule your Free Consultation.