Porcelain Veneers Provider

Dental Center of Tysons Corner

Aesthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry located in McLean, VA

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile dental tools around. They can restore and strengthen damaged teeth while also transforming the appearance of your smile by hiding stained and uneven teeth. The doctors at the Dental Center of Tysons Corner have extensive experience providing porcelain veneers that make you happy to smile. Don’t wait to get beautiful teeth. Call their office in McLean, Virginia, or book an appointment online.

Porcelain Veneers Q & A

Dental Center of Tysons Corner

What are porcelain veneers?

A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of porcelain customized to cover the surface of your teeth. The doctors provide porcelain veneers because they match the color of your teeth and, more importantly, porcelain has a translucent quality that resembles natural enamel.

Porcelain also produces a strong veneer that resists staining. As a result, it can be used for cosmetic and restorative purposes such as:

  • Hiding stained teeth
  • Covering uneven teeth, making them appear straight without braces
  • Concealing gaps between teeth
  • Strengthening eroded enamel
  • Repairing chipped or cracked teeth

How are veneers applied to your teeth?

Before applying a veneer, you’ll need a thorough dental checkup, including digital X-rays, to be sure you don’t have any issues that need correcting. A veneer can’t be bonded to a decayed tooth.

The doctors prepare the teeth that will get veneers by removing a very small amount of enamel. Using 3-D digital imaging, they take an impression of your teeth, choose the color of your veneers, and send the information to the dental lab. You’ll wear a temporary veneer while the lab makes your permanent porcelain veneers.

When your new veneers are ready, The doctors simply remove the temporary veneer and uses dental cement to permanently bond the porcelain veneer to your tooth.

How long will porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers can last a long time because they’re just as strong as your enamel. Like your natural teeth, however, porcelain can chip or crack in trauma or if you bite down on hard items. Over time your gums can recede and your teeth may change their position, which could affect the way the veneer fits.

You can lengthen the lifespan of your veneers if you:

  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Wear a mouthguard if you engage in contact sports
  • Don’t use your mouth as a tool
  • Get treatment for teeth grinding, which can crack a veneer

If your porcelain veneer develops a crack or chip, food and bacteria can get through it and potentially decay the underlying tooth. If you notice any problems, call The Dental Center of Tysons Corner or schedule an appointment online.