Our skilled cosmetic dentist may recommend dental veneers to improve your teeth and smile. This cosmetic treatment can give you a beautiful, picture-perfect smile in as little as two visits to Inova Dental Clinic, ensuring that you have a long-lasting and natural-looking smile for years to come. Call 703-433-1400 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jafari and learn if dental veneers in Sterling, Virginia, are right for you!

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers, also known as dental laminates, are thin, custom-made shells crafted to improve the appearance of teeth. These cosmetic dental devices have gained popularity due to their remarkable ability to address a range of dental imperfections effectively. Our cosmetic dentist may recommend veneers if you have imperfections such as:

  • Gaps and spaces between the teeth
  • Severe tooth discoloration
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Broken, chipped, fractured, or worn teeth

The Veneers Process

The procedure for dental veneers typically involves a multi-step process. First, our cosmetic dentist will carefully evaluate the patient’s teeth, considering their shape, size and color. Then, a small layer of enamel is removed from the tooth’s surface to ensure a proper fit for the veneer. Next, an impression is taken, and the custom veneer is meticulously fabricated in a dental laboratory.

Once the veneer is ready, our cosmetic dentist will ensure it matches the patient’s natural teeth before bonding it to the tooth’s surface with a dental adhesive. The result is a transformed smile with improved symmetry, alignment, and shade.

Dental veneers offer a host of benefits, such as their stain-resistant properties and natural appearance, providing patients with newfound confidence to flash their radiant smiles. Proper care and maintenance, including regular dental check-ups, can extend the lifespan of these veneers, making them a long-lasting investment in achieving an impeccable smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Veneers

How long do dental veneers last?

The longevity of dental veneers depends on the material they are made from and how well they are cared for. Porcelain veneers are more durable and can last between 10 to 15 years or even longer with proper care, while composite resin veneers usually last between 5 to 7 years. To maximize the lifespan of your veneers, maintain good oral hygiene practices, avoid using your teeth to open or cut things, and wear a guard if you clench or grind your teeth at night.

Are there any special care instructions for veneers?

Veneers do not require any special care beyond good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. It is important to remember that while veneers are stain-resistant, the tooth structure around them can still become discolored, so maintaining overall oral hygiene is crucial. Avoiding or minimizing contact with stain-causing foods and beverages (like coffee, tea, and red wine) and tobacco can help keep your veneers looking their best.

How much do veneers cost and are they covered by insurance?

The cost of veneers varies depending on how many you receive, the materials used, and the complexity of the individual case. Porcelain veneers are generally more expensive than composite resin veneers. Many dental insurance plans do not cover veneers since they are considered cosmetic, but financing options may be available through your dental office. It is important to discuss all costs and payment options with our cosmetic dentist during your consultation.

Are veneers reversible?

The process of getting veneers typically involves removing a small layer of enamel from your front tooth or teeth. While this alteration is permanent, the decision to place veneers is reversible, but it may involve replacing them with a different restoration option.

Can veneers be repaired if they chip or crack?

While veneers are durable, they can still be damaged in certain circumstances, such as biting into hard objects or experiencing trauma to the mouth. Depending on the extent of the damage, our cosmetic dentist may be able to repair minor chips or cracks. In cases of significant damage, replacing the veneer may be necessary.

How often should I replace my veneers?

With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for ten to fifteen years or even longer. However, over time, normal wear and tear may require replacement. Our cosmetic dentist will monitor the condition of your veneers during regular check-ups and recommend replacement when necessary.

We invite you to call our team today to learn more about dental veneers and schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist.