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About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers Q&A

Tooth imperfections, such as discoloration, chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth, can diminish the appearance of your smile. At Albemarle Dental Associates in Charlottesville, Virginia, the highly trained team offers porcelain veneers to improve the shape, color, size, and overall appearance of your teeth and smile. Call the Albemarle Dental Associates office to schedule an appointment or request one online today.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are tooth-colored shells your dentist bonds directly to the front surface of your teeth to make them more aesthetically pleasing. After getting bonded to your teeth, ultra-thin veneers are virtually undetectable and resistant to tea, coffee, and cigarette stains. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of veneers?

The many benefits associated with porcelain veneers at Albemarle Dental Associates include teeth that are:

  • Whiter
  • Even-shaped
  • Brighter
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Strong
  • Perfect

Veneers are strong and last a long time when cared for properly. They restore teeth that are discolored, chipped, cracked, or misshapen.

Are porcelain veneers right for me?

To find out if you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers, your Albemarle Dental Associates provider reviews your oral health history and symptoms. They may take dental X-rays before examining your teeth and gums. Your dentist discusses your desired results and lets you know what to expect during porcelain veneer placement.

What happens when getting porcelain veneers?

The process of getting porcelain veneers involves multiple steps. During the first appointment, your dentist creates a mold of your teeth or digitally scans your mouth so that a dental lab can make the new veneers.

When your veneers are ready, you can return to the Albemarle Dental Associates office. Your dentist makes sure they fit over your natural teeth perfectly. They clean your teeth and remove a small portion of tooth enamel, which makes it easier to bond veneers to your teeth.

Dr. Hodges uses dental cement to secure the veneers firmly in place. They use a special light to harden the cement and complete the process.

What should I expect after getting veneers?

After you receive porcelain veneers, keep your teeth clean by brushing after meals and flossing daily. Avoid chewing on ice, pens, popcorn kernels, and other hard objects, and don’t open packages with your teeth. 

Call the Albemarle Dental Associates office if your veneers get damaged, and see the dental team every six months for routine cleanings and exams.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and find out if they’re right for you, call the Albemarle Dental Associates office or schedule an appointment online today.