Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? Are there so many problems that you wish you could get a completely new smile? Have you tried basic procedures like teeth whitening, dental bonding, and braces, but have been unhappy with the results? If any of these describes your situation, then you might benefit from porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are the most versatile procedure in cosmetic dentistry, and one of the most powerful. These thin veneers of advanced ceramic can so dramatically transform your smile that it’s almost like getting a new set of teeth. Your teeth can be brighter, straighter, longer, and free from chips and cracks, all in one relatively quick procedure.
Would you like to learn what porcelain veneers can do for your smile? Please call 703-323-8200 today for an appointment with Fairfax, VA-area cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban.
What Porcelain Veneers Can Do
As we said, porcelain veneers are probably the most flexible procedure in cosmetic dentistry. They can correct a wide range of common cosmetic complaints, including:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Small teeth
- Unattractively shaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Rotated teeth
In fact, almost the only cosmetic complaint porcelain veneers can't correct is missing teeth. If you are unhappy with your teeth for virtually any reason, there's a good chance that veneers can help.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Not only are porcelain veneers capable of correcting many different cosmetic complaints, they are often the best way to improve the appearance of your smile. That's because porcelain veneers can:
- Correct multiple complaints at once
- Achieve results in less than a month
- Whiten teeth that don't respond to teeth whitening
- Look like natural teeth
- Match your natural teeth
- Last for decades
Many people fear that porcelain veneers are fragile and will chip. That may have been the case in the past, but modern veneers are made of advanced materials that are very durable.
The First Appointment
You will need to schedule an hour or two for your initial appointment, and you may want to take photos or magazine clippings to show Dr. Marzban the kind of smile you prefer. After a thorough examination to assess your oral health and existing teeth, Dr. Marzban will discuss with you the kind of smile you envision. Be prepared to discuss the color and shape of your ideal smile at this appointment.
Dr. Marzban will take notes on the shade of your teeth, your facial features, and measurements of your face. She’ll consider your skin tone and facial symmetry when designing your veneers. If you have questions about your veneers or the procedure, Dr. Marzban should be happy to give comprehensive answers. You may want to ask to see her portfolio or inquire about digital imaging, which is software that manipulates a photo to predict what you will look like after your smile makeover.
Often during the first appointment, Dr. Marzban will gently buff your teeth to remove 1 to 2mm of enamel in preparation for your new veneers. Tooth reduction will allow the veneers to lie flat, in line with surrounding teeth. Reshaping of teeth may also be required to create the look you want.
Behind the Scenes
After your first appointment, Dr. Marzban will order your veneers from a dental lab. A talented ceramist will handcraft the porcelain veneers from durable materials that look and function like natural teeth. The information Dr. Marzban provides the lab will ensure that you receive veneers that will create a smile that complements your appearance. The lab will ship your veneers to Dr. Marzban’s office.
Local anesthetic may be administered to ensure your complete comfort during veneer placement. Dr. Marzban will remove the temporary veneers and check the fit of your permanent veneers. You can look at the shape, color, and fit before they are attached. If adjustments need to be made, you should tell Dr. Marzban at this time. Veneers cannot be altered once in place.
If all is well, Dr. Marzban will permanently bond the new veneers to the front surface of your teeth. First, she will apply a mild acidic solution to clean the surface of your teeth, then she will bond the veneers in place. A small light will cure the bonding material. Dr. Marzban will make sure that the veneers allow adequate flossing space.
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What problems can porcelain veneers correct?
Porcelain veneers are an ideal way to correct a wide range of cosmetic issues with your smile. Burke, Virginia cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban commonly uses porcelain veneers to address issues such as teeth that are:
- Cracked or chipped
- Gapped or unevenly spaced
- Crooked or rotated
- Misshapen or irregularly sized
- Severely discolored
Porcelain veneers can correct all these problems at the same time, so you can get a beautiful smile in just a couple visits.
Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
If you have good oral health, then you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Good oral health includes strong teeth free of decay, healthy gums, and a balanced bite. Porcelain veneers can be lost if your underlying tooth becomes decayed or is lost to gum disease. They can also be damaged by an imbalanced bite.
Do I have to get a full set of porcelain veneers?
You can decide how many veneers are right for you. Because we can match porcelain veneers precisely to the appearance of your other teeth, you can decide if you want to cover just one problem tooth or remake your entire smile.
Will people know that I have veneers?
Only if you want them to. Because porcelain veneers can look very natural, we can design a subtle smile makeover that will correct your complaints but will look like your natural smile. Even people who see you every day may not be able to guess that you've gotten veneers. On the other hand, we can design a dramatic smile makeover that will definitely be noticed, although people you meet won't be able to tell that your smile hasn't always been this beautiful.
How are porcelain veneers placed?
Dr. Marzban places porcelain veneers over the front of your existing teeth. To do this, she will need to remove a small amount of your natural tooth enamel. This allows your veneers to fit perfectly over your natural teeth, providing a seamless and beautiful smile.
How long does it take to get porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are placed over two office visits spaced one to two weeks apart. During your first appointment, your teeth will be prepared and a mold will be made of your teeth. This mold will be sent to our dental lab partners where your porcelain veneers will be customized to meet your exact specifications. Once your custom veneers have been created, you will return to our office for final placement.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
The lifetime of your porcelain veneers depends on how well you care for them as well as the care you take of your teeth in general. If your teeth under the veneers are damaged, the veneer can fail. Modern veneers aren't made of the same material as kitchen plates or porcelain dolls--they're made of advanced ceramics that look beautiful and are incredibly strong. Because porcelain is stain resistant, your veneers can maintain their beautiful, straight, and brilliantly white appearance for several years. In fact, clinical studies show that about 96% of veneers are in place after 11 years. Veneers can be replaced one at a time as needed to help extend your results for a lifetime.
How should I care for my porcelain veneers?
Caring for your porcelain veneers is no different than caring for your natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and minimize. You should also be sure to visit Dr. Marzban every six months for professional cleanings to ensure your veneers and entire mouth stay healthy and strong for years to come.
If you live in or around Burke, Fairfax, or Fairfax Station, Virginia and have questions about what porcelain veneers can do for your smile, please call 703-323-8200 or contact Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule an initial consultation today.