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.
About Dental Veneers
What is the difference between a crown and 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
About the Dental Veneer Procedure
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.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
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.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are designed to last a lifetime. This longevity can be achieved with proper care and maintenance. That includes a proper at home hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning and examination.
Is the porcelain veneer procedure painful?
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.