Porcelain veneers can offer patients the ability to enhance their smile with subtle or dramatic results. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy offer porcelain veneers in Silver Spring MD. A permanent restoration, they are made of an ultra-thin ceramic material that adheres to the tooth surface.
Veneers reflect natural light in the same way your natural teeth do, so they are virtually indiscernible from real teeth. These qualities provide a result that is hard to distinguish from your natural teeth. Dental veneers will complement your smile, all while improving both aesthetics and health.
Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy are experienced cosmetic dentists who provide personalized cosmetic dentistry in Silver Spring MD. Patients often say that our dentists exceed their expectations with veneers. This versatile treatment has been a popular service for many years. Porcelain veneers can be used to address a range of issues with lasting results:
- Discolored teeth: Veneers can be placed over teeth to change the color and shade of your smile permanently. They are a great solution for patients with tooth stains that are considered 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: Placed over teeth that are chipped or damaged, porcelain veneers will both stabilize the health of your teeth, and give you back a flawless smile.
- Misshapen teeth: Teeth that are mildly rotated or oddly shaped can be made to fit more naturally into your smile with dental veneers.
Porcelain Veneers in Silver Spring, MD
The process for placing porcelain veneers will require 2-3 visits with us to complete. After a consultation to discuss your goals and determine that porcelain veneers are the right solution for you we will schedule a visit for preparing the teeth and taking impressions.
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 tooth’s enamel. Once the teeth are prepared, dental impressions will be taken for use in the dental lab that will fabricate your custom restorations. Temporary veneers are typically placed to protect the teeth until your custom veneers are complete.
At the next and final visit, we will permanently attach your new porcelain veneers. First, your dentist will gently place the veneers and work with you to make sure they are comfortable, meet your expectations and will fit securely on the teeth. Any final adjustments will be made before they are cemented into place and polished.
Maintaining your porcelain veneers needs a good daily oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits. We will show you how to brush and floss before you leave so you can keep your smile stable and healthy for as long as possible.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Is the procedure for getting veneers painful?
Most of the time, when putting in veneers patients use some anesthetic to numb the mouth so there should not be any pain associated with the procedure. Most patients who have less than 4 veneers put in report little to no pain during the operation. Once anesthetic is worn off patients may begin to feel some tender pains post procedure.
Do teeth veneers fall off?
Veneers are put in by attaching to your natural teeth. If they are put in incorrectly they may fall off or slide in your mouth. Overtime as veneers begin to age they may slip off your tooth. If this happens save your veneers and bring them with you to your dentist.
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.
Can your teeth rot under veneers?
Teeth under veneers are susceptible to rotting. Plaque is commonly found under veneers. 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.
Do porcelain veneers need to be replaced?
Overtime veneers may become loose or stained. When this occurs many patients choose to replace them. Patients may also replace their veneers if underlying teeth are damaged or decaying.