In this video, Dr. Clayton McCarl describes one of many cosmetic dental solutions, porcelain veneers, and helps patients understand when this treatment is appropriate to help achieve the desired smile appearance. If you’ve ever considered porcelain veneers or there’s something about your smile you dislike, our team will be happy to discuss a range cosmetic solutions and help you find the option that best achieves your desired results. Contact our caring cosmetic dentist serving Greenbelt, MD residents to schedule a consultation to explore porcelain veneers and your other cosmetic dentistry options.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin coverings that are custom designed to fit over the front of your teeth. The definition of the word veneer is actually a thin covering. For instance, you may have heard reference to furniture with a walnut veneer. This is just a thin coating of a walnut coloring. Porcelain veneers for teeth cover the natural structures and conceal cosmetic flaws, leaving patients with flawless smiles. The high quality porcelain materials we use are only 3/10ths of a millimeter thick, so we’re able to adhere them to the surfaces of teeth with little to no impact on the natural shape of the smile.
Who Should Consider Veneers?
We may encourage patients to consider veneers in a number of situations including for:
- Patients who dislike the shape or size of their teeth
- Patients who want to brighten their smiles but whose teeth are not responsive to traditional whitening methods
- Patients who want to conceal gaps between teeth
- Patients who wish to repair chips in tooth enamel with the added benefit that veneers also protect the remaining tooth structure
How are Veneers Placed?
A smile makeover with porcelain veneers can often be completed in two appointments. Depending on the structure of your smile, and using high quality, low profile materials, we are sometimes able to cement the veneers without removing any natural tooth structure. The reason we would remove a minimal amount of the tooth surface is to reshape large teeth, crowded bites, or to remove decay or other damage. This means you won’t need to have a temporary veneer placed and removed, we won’t need to numb your mouth or perform sedation, and natural tooth enamel remains intact. We simply capture impressions of the teeth using our digital scanner. These impressions are sent to a lab where your veneer is custom crafted. Once we receive the porcelain veneer from our lab, you’ll return to have your custom veneer cemented to the front of your teeth.
What do I do Next?
Start by calling our team to schedule your consultation. During a consultation, we’ll examine your smile carefully, and we can look at photos of smiles you admire to gain a better understanding of the results you’d like to achieve. Your consultation visit is how we determine whether or not veneers will successfully achieve your desired goals and map out your treatment plan. Our goal is to ensure you’re completely confident in our treatment plan and will feel comfortable throughout the process.