Porcelain Veneers: An Overview
Consider porcelain veneers for a beautiful, lasting smile you will feel proud to share.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that can “erase” visual imperfections. Designed to be a permanent dental restoration porcelain veneers provide long term, natural and comfortable results. Dental veneers are an ultra-thin shell of high-quality porcelain that is colored matched to mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
A thin shell-like structure, the dental veneer fits snugly against the surface of the prepared tooth. A small amount of tooth enamel will be removed to make room for the dental veneer, making them a permanent restoration. Your dentist will permanently bond the veneer(s) to the tooth. Dental veneers are stain and decay resistant and can last for many years with good oral hygiene.
Dental veneers can be used to address a range of cosmetic dental concerns. Dental veneers can treat one tooth, or be utilized in a total smile makeover. Veneers are commonly used to treat:
- Crooked teeth
- Discolored or yellow teeth
- Chipped, cracked or damaged teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps in teeth
With over 23 years of cosmetic dentistry experience, Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh has advanced training using porcelain dental veneers for natural, seamless results. We provide patients with attentive, personalized cosmetic consultations. Patients have time to voice their aesthetic concerns and discuss treatment options so that they may make informed decisions about their oral health.
Porcelain Veneers: What to Expect
Dental veneers will take a few visits to our Rockville, MD dentist office to complete. After a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Sarkarzadeh, the teeth will be prepared to make room for the dental veneer. He will remove an ample amount of tooth enamel from the teeth that will receive veneers. Removing some of the tooth surfaces will ensure a comfortable fit for the porcelain veneers.
The next step will be the design process. Dr. Sarkarzadeh will take impressions of the prepared teeth and create a dental veneer design that enhances your natural smile and addresses your aesthetic goals. He considers shape, size, and color when creating custom dental veneers. The final design is sent to a dental lab for fabrication. Patients will typically be fitted with a temporary dental veneer while they wait for the final restoration.
When the final restoration returns from the dental lab, the patient will come back to our Rockville, MD dentist office for their final fitting and bonding. Dr. Sarkarzadeh will place the veneers and make sure that the patient is satisfied with the shape, size, and color of the dental veneers. Once both patient and dentist are happy with the appearance of the new veneers, Dr. Sarkarzadeh will permanently bond the new dental veneers with a special bonding agent.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Do porcelain veneers have any impact on my diet?
There is no need to change your diet or the types of food you eat with porcelain veneers. However, you could develop cracks or chips if you chew on hard food or ice, but this is still a very rare occurrence because of the strength of modern dental veneers.
How long can I expect my porcelain veneers to last?
You can expect your new porcelain veneers to last for over 10 years with a good oral hygiene routine. This includes daily brushing and flossing, and using mouthwash. Porcelain veneers are extremely strong and chip resistant even though they are as thin as a sheet of paper.
How do I care for my porcelain veneers?
Caring for your new dental veneers is simple. Just follow a typical oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss your teeth every day and visit your dentist twice a year. The best part about dental veneers is they are not susceptible to decay so there is no threat of getting a cavity in your veneers. Porcelain veneers are designed to last for many years. Good oral hygiene and routine dental care will support the long term integrity of your porcelain veneers.