We provide porcelain veneers near you, allowing our patients to enhance their smiles with subtle or dramatic results. Dechter and Moy Dentistry offers porcelain veneers in Silver Spring, MD. Our dentists make veneers from an ultra-thin ceramic material, a composite resin, or a dental porcelain material. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy will make your porcelain veneers look like your real teeth.
Our porcelain veneers permanently attach to the front and sides of your teeth. They will reflect natural light in the same way your natural teeth do. These qualities will give you a result that is hard to distinguish from your natural teeth. Our dental veneers will complement your smile, all while improving both aesthetics and your oral health!
What can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Our patients often say that our dentists exceed their smile makeover expectations when using veneers. This versatile treatment has been a popular service for many years. We use porcelain veneers to address a range of issues with lasting results. Issues that we can fix include:
- Stained or discolored teeth: Our dentist can place veneers over teeth to change the color and shade of your smile permanently. They are a great solution for our patients with tooth stains that are too resistant to professional teeth whitening.
- Gaps between teeth: We can close gaps with veneers to transform the look of your smile, improve bite function, and speech.
- Damaged teeth: Our porcelain veneers will both stabilize the health of your teeth, and give you back a flawless smile. We will secure them to repair chipped teeth or gently damaged teeth.
- Misshapen teeth: We can use a dental veneer to reshape a mildly rotated or oddly shaped tooth. However, this only a cosmetic solution for a single crooked tooth or two. It is not an effective alternative for orthodontic treatments.
There are many type of veneers available, but we create ours using a stain and decay-resistant compound. This makes our porcelain veneers procedure the ideal solution for transforming a damaged smile. Your new porcelain veneers will last many years with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to our dental office.
Receiving Porcelain Veneers from Our Silver Spring, MD Dentists
The process for placing porcelain veneers will require 2-3 visits with us to complete. First, you will visit our dental office to discuss your goals. We will determine if affordable porcelain veneers are right for you during this visit. Then we will schedule another visit to prepare your teeth and to take dental impressions.
We will customize veneers to your smile and mouth specifications. Tooth preparation involves “etching” the teeth to enable the veneers to adhere securely. To do this, Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy will carefully remove a small amount of the affected tooth’s enamel.
Once our dentist prepares your teeth, he will take digital impressions. We will use them in the dental lab to fabricate your custom veneers. We typically place temporary veneers to protect your teeth until your custom veneers are complete.
At the next and final visit, we will permanently attach your new porcelain veneers to your affected teeth. Our dentist will gently place the veneers and make sure that they are comfortable and fit securely on your teeth. We will make any final adjustments before we cement them into place and give them a good polish.
Maintaining your new porcelain veneers is easy. Just practice a good daily oral hygiene routine and schedule regular dental care visits. We will show you how to brush and floss before you leave, so you can keep your smile healthy for as long as possible.
When Veneers Might Not Be the Right Solution
While veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment, there are some cases where veneers might not be effective. Some situations where veneers might not work include:
- Severe tooth decay or oral health issues. We will recommend addressing existing issues before we can give you veneers. For example, issues like severe tooth decay, gum disease, and oral abscess. Veneers are not a solution for underlying oral health problems and will not last long if the teeth are not healthy.
- Insufficient tooth enamel. Dental veneers require a sufficient amount of tooth enamel for proper bonding. Veneers may not be an appropriate treatment in cases where a patient has little tooth enamel. Tooth erosion and very worn-down teeth will benefit more from dental crowns.
- Misaligned teeth or malocclusion. If you have severely misaligned teeth or a bite problem, veneers may not correct these issues. We will often recommend orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign to fix severely misaligned teeth.
- Teeth grinding or clenching habits. If you grind or clench your teeth a lot, you may not be a good candidate for a porcelain veneers treatment. The pressure and force exerted during teeth grinding can damage or break the veneers. We will recommend addressing your bruxism issues first.
- Teeth with large fillings or extensive dental work. If you have a bunch of fillings or other dental prosthetics, veneers might not be the best choice for you. The veneers process works best on teeth that are naturally healthy. Having lots of dental work could shorten the veneers lifespan and how they look.
- Teeth that are way too dark. Porcelain veneers are awesome at making teeth look better by hiding stains. But sometimes the natural color of the tooth is just way too dark or has some funky hue that veneers can’t totally hide. In cases like that, you might want to check out other cosmetic options like dental crowns.
To see if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, give us a call or request an appointment online today. Never assume what you need without consulting with a dental professional first.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Veneers are a popular way to improve the look of your teeth. But many people have questions about whether or not porcelain veneers are best for them. Continue reading to inform yourself, and help you decide if porcelain veneers are right for your dental needs.
Is the procedure for getting veneers painful?
No, the process is not painful, but can be a little uncomfortable as with any dental procedure. Sometimes dentists use some anesthetic to numb the mouth when putting in veneers, but it is not always necessary. You will not feel pain during the procedure. Most patients who have less than 4 veneers put in report no pain during the treatment process.
Will dental veneers fall off on their own?
Veneers are not prone to falling off without reason. If they do not fit right, they might fall off or slide around in your mouth. Over time as veneers begin to age, they may slip off your tooth. If this happens, save your veneers if possible and schedule a visit to reattach or replace them.
Can you use mouthwash with veneers?
Most dentists recommend that patients with veneers avoid using mouthwash. Over time the alcohol in mouthwash can eat away at the surface of the veneers, causing their lifespan to shorten. You can use mouthwash sparingly, but avoid using it every day while wearing dental veneers.
Can your teeth rot under veneers?
Teeth under veneers are susceptible to rotting, although this is a rare occurrence. A cavity can form under the veneer if your dentist places them incorrectly. Also, if the dentist doesn’t remove plaque from your tooth first.
Plaque eats away at teeth, creating tiny holes in them that cause tooth decay. Patients with veneers should practice a consistent oral care routine and schedule regular dental cleanings.
Will I need to replace my porcelain veneers?
No, you will not have to replace your veneers. The only reason you might replace them is if they chip or break. When this occurs, many patients choose to replace them.
If damage and decay take hold of your underlying teeth, your dentist will likely replace them. However, this will be a whole new treatment process and added cost.
Schedule a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers
Our porcelain veneers provide our patients with the smile that they have always desired. Visit our team of cosmetic dentists near you at Dechter and Moy Dentistry to explore your cosmetic procedure options. Our experience and commitment to enhancing smiles make us the ideal partners in your cosmetic dentistry journey. To schedule an appointment, call (301) 508-9755 or request an appointment online.