Porcelain VeneersAn Overview
Porcelain veneers can offer you an instant smile makeover with durable, lasting results. For many patients, dental veneers can also improve long term dental health when addressing teeth that are damaged or misshapen.
For patients who’s teeth do not whiten with teeth whitening, porcelain veneers may be their only option to get whiter, brighter teeth.
Bel Air, MD cosmetic dentist Dr. Melissa Elliott has the advanced training and experience necessary to offer patients beautiful results with porcelain veneers. Your new smile will blend with your natural appearance and feel comfortable as a result of their skillful artistry and the use of high quality materials.
Dental veneers are applied to the front of the tooth to improve aesthetics and strength. Dr. Elliott may use porcelain veneers or composite bonding for dental veneer procedures in her Bel Air MD dentist office. Porcelain veneers are permanent restorations, made of ultra-thin porcelain designed to look and feel like natural teeth.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Custom made for you in a dental lab, porcelain veneers are ultra thin, shell-like coverings for your teeth that will look and feel like a natural tooth. The medical grade material offers advanced treatment to meet your cosmetic needs and durable results that will resist stains.
Dental veneers have the capability to hide almost any cosmetic concerns you may have with your teeth. Considered a permanent dental restoration, porcelain veneers can be used to address:
- aging teeth that have worn down
- broken or chipped teeth
- stained, discolored or yellowed teeth
- stained, unsightly or washed-out fillings
- misshapen or crooked teeth that do not need orthodontic treatment
- gaps between teeth
- worn down teeth due to teeth grinding
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Porcelain Veneers What to Expect
The porcelain veneer process involves several steps from treatment planning to final placement. Bel Air MD cosmetic dentist Dr. Elliott will meet with you to evaluate your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals during your consultation to be sure that the final result meets your needs and supports your long term oral health.
A personalized treatment plan is created that will meet your needs and maintain your oral health.
The first step is to prepare the teeth receiving the veneers by removing a minimal amount of tooth surface structure. Even though porcelain veneers are paper thin, this will to allow for optimal, comfortable placement of the veneers.
Dental impressions will then be taken to be used in fabricating your porcelain veneers. Your teeth veneers will be made in a dental lab and will be ready to be placed in about 2-3 weeks.
Once your custom-made and color matched veneers are ready, we will permanently secure them and make any necessary adjustments for fit. Dr. Elliott will permanently secure the porcelain veneer to each tooth with a strong adhesive and check for color and comfortable fit.
Regular dental visits for preventive care will provide the opportunity for your dentist to monitor the condition of your veneers, spotting and addressing any damage to maximize the longevity of your new smile. With good oral hygiene and proper routine dental care, your porcelain veneers can last for many years.