Porcelain veneers can make an incredible difference in almost any smile – repairing chips, cracks and gaps, lengthening teeth that are too small, perfecting an irregular or jagged tooth line and covering the most discolored or stained teeth. Porcelain Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that is used to straighten, reshape or brighten teeth.
Woodbridge VA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Joseph Cavallo places porcelain veneers to treat both cosmetic and dental health issues.
Porcelain veneers not only provide the smile you have always wanted but can also offer dental health benefits, balancing your bite if you have short, small, worn down, or crooked teeth. They are a great restorative treatment for teeth that have cracked or chipped when dental bonding is not appropriate, enabling Dr. Cavallo to restore a healthy bite and prevent the same problems from occurring again in the future.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CROWN & A VENEER?
While crowns and veneers are a very similar type of restoration, there are a few key differences. One of the main differences between crowns and veneers is that a dental crown covers the entire tooth, while a dental veneer only covers the front and sides of a tooth.
Veneers are commonly used to:
- Fix gaps between teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked or misshaped teeth
- Change the shape or length of teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR PORCELAIN VENEERS
Porcelain veneers are only an aesthetic treatment for your teeth. They simply cover cosmetic flaws and present a perfect smile. If the flaws with your teeth are simply that, things like a chip or pitted teeth, then porcelain veneers can be a great way to easily get a great smile.
But if you have issues such as decay or gum disease, these problems must be addressed and resolved before veneers can be placed on your teeth.
I had discoloration and decay from weak enamel. Had been a patient of Dr.Cavallo’s for 17 years and really liked his previous work. I trusted that he would do a great job with my smile. I am amazed the difference in my smile. I am extremely happy with my new smile. I get lots of compliments.
I had an accident when I was young and as an adult, I had a 6 tooth bridge that replaced my upper most visible teeth. Unfortunately one of the anchor teeth became decayed. It was at that point that I decided to get dental implants. I love my dental implants. They are beautiful and I can eat anything I want without being afraid of breaking them. Dr. Cavallo is a perfectionist and makes sure that everything is done correctly. I’m very happy with all the services that I received from his practice.
I needed to find a new dentist after a previous bad dental experience. A relative recommended Dr. Cavallo. I had a toothache and he took care of my problem painlessly. I knew then he would be my dentist of choice to handle the extensive dental work I required. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results of my dental care, and would recommend Dr. Cavallo to anyone requiring dental work. My mouth hasn’t felt or looked so good for many years.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Porcelain veneers generally take 2 – 3 visits to complete. After a comprehensive evaluation and consultation, Dr. Cavallo will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from each tooth. An impression will be taken and you will be fitted with temporary veneers while your final restorations are being created.
In approximately 2–3 weeks, your new porcelain veneers will be ready to be permanently attached to your teeth. After the dentist checks the fit and color and both you and the dentist are satisfied, a special bonding cement will be used to secure the porcelain veneers to your teeth.
No, there aren’t any restrictions. As mentioned above, the application of veneers only affects the outer surfaces of the teeth.
This is a pain-free, recovery-free procedure. When he removes some of the enamel to make room for your veneers, Dr. Cavallo will provide some local anesthetic to remove any possible sensation you feel. After the first appointment, some patients notice a slight temporary increase in sensitivity to hot and cold because Dr. Cavallo has removed some of the tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. This passes when the permanent veneers are placed. There isn’t a recovery period, and you can use your teeth with the veneers immediately.
A set of porcelain veneers can last anywhere from seven to 20 years. This sounds like a wide range, but it is due to the health of the underlying teeth and gums. If a veneer does come off for some reason, in most cases it can be reattached.
You do need to know that porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment. Because the placement requires shaving the enamel off the fronts of the teeth, those teeth will forevermore need to be covered with veneers. So, once your veneers have reached their lifespan, you’ll need to have another set placed.
Porcelain veneers don’t require any special cleaning or maintenance at home, just regular brushing and flossing. Dr. Cavallo only uses porcelain for the veneers he places because they not only look just like natural tooth enamel, but they are highly resistant to staining. This ensures they will look great for the long haul.
There aren’t any limitations on what you can or cannot eat. But you may want to avoid things such as candy apples or chewing on bones, as veneers can sometimes detach. If a veneer does detach, however, it can be reapplied.
Patients often worry about pain associated with porcelain veneers. We take steps to ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with porcelain veneers is comfortable and relaxed. It is common for patients to experience some mild sensitivity immediately following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 – 3 days of treatment.
These are very low-risk procedures. There are no incisions, so there isn’t any possibility of infection. There isn’t any recovery time. Porcelain veneers only impact the outer surfaces of the teeth being covered by Dr. Cavallo. To make room for the veneer to sit on the tooth and occupy the same space, he removes a small amount of the tooth enamel, from 0.3 to 0.5 mm. This doesn’t make the tooth more prone to decay or nerve damage or anything else. Porcelain veneers are a great tool for giving you a beautifully complete smile, or for covering a single tooth or two with interior staining or other cosmetic defects.
No. These are deemed to be elective procedures, so they are not covered by dental insurance. We offer Care Credit should you want to finance your porcelain veneer procedure.
The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on the material used, number of porcelain veneers placed and specific condition of the patient. Before treatment, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the porcelain veneer cost. We offer convenient payment options including interest free financing through Care Credit for qualified patients.
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