Tooth Veneer Services With Your Midlothian Dentist
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If your teeth are badly stained, shaped or crooked, there’s help! At White & White near Richmond and Bon Air, we can repair them easily with porcelain veneers, precision-crafted thin layers of ceramic material we bond directly to your teeth. In addition to classic 25-year dental veneers, we offer DURAthin Prepless Veneers, a conservative option for people who want to try porcelain veneers without tooth enamel removal or damage to the teeth. This is a great cosmetic dentistry option for people who may want to try out a new smile but not commit to dental veneers for the long term.
Why Dental Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an ideal option for beautifying many cosmetic dental concerns. We use them to permanently change your tooth color, close spaces between your teeth, correct minor crowding (crooked teeth), and lengthen broken or worn teeth. Porcelain veneers also offer color stability for beautiful, natural-looking teeth. With proper care, most dental veneers will last for decades.
The Tooth Veneer Procedure
Typically, a tooth veneer treatment requires a minimum of three appointments:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning
- Teeth preparation
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During your teeth preparation visit in Midlothian, VA, usually lasting one to two hours, we lightly buff your teeth to allow for the added thickness of the tooth veneer. Normally we remove about a half a millimeter of the tooth, necessitating a local anesthetic. During the same visit, we form a mold of your teeth, which we send to the laboratory for fabrication of your dental veneers. If you are getting DURAthin Prepless Veneers, little or no tooth enamel buffing is required.
At the bonding visit (1-2 hours), we first place the dental veneers on the teeth surface with water or glycerin to check how well they fit. While the porcelain veneers rest on your teeth, we adjust their color to assure they match the color of your teeth. To apply a tooth veneer, we first clean the tooth thoroughly to guarantee the veneer will bond to it. Once we place cement between the veneer and tooth, we shine a laser on them to release a catalyst and harden the cement.
A two-week period of adjustment follows. During this time you may notice the change of size and shape of the teeth in your mouth. This is normal and your mouth will soon adjust. After one or two weeks, you will return to our office for a follow-up appointment, to recheck the bonding.
Remember, porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of your natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It is not uncommon for you to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection. Don’t worry, this occurs even in natural teeth and helps your veneers look more natural. We guarantee your satisfaction with your veneers, so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Advantages to Getting Porcelain Veneers
- Dental veneers have a long life expectancy and color stability and are highly resistant to coffee, tea, and cigarette stains
- Porcelain veneers mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root canal procedure
- Porcelain veneers are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth
- Dental veneers easily cover gaps, chips and worn areas
One word of warning: porcelain veneers are very technique-sensitive. If you’ve known someone who was unhappy with a tooth veneer application, it was probably because the dentist didn’t have advanced cosmetic dental training, or perhaps they were put on years ago when methods were more archaic. Porcelain veneers require a dentist who pays attention to detail, utilizes the latest technology, and someone who has the artistic skills to assure the end result meets your highest expectations. Drs. Pranee White & John Han have studied with leading cosmetic dentists in the U.S. and have perfected their skills in placing porcelain veneers. They are the most highly trained cosmetic dentists in the Richmond area. Additionally, we have partnered with one of the nation’s leading cosmetic dental laboratories to custom design your new smile to very exacting specifications.
Ready to get started? Please call us for a cosmetic dental veneers consultation in Midlothian, VA! We look forward to meeting with you if you are in the Richmond area, including Bon Air!