Dental veneers are utilized in restorative and cosmetic dentistry for subtle changes and dramatic smile makeover transformations. Veneers are made of porcelain or resin composite materials to cover the front of the tooth and provide excellent esthetic results. Porcelain veneers are also a great alternative to teeth whitening when the teeth are severely stained. Drs. Sinclair and Reichley are leading Virginia Beach cosmetic dentists and place dental veneers as part of a personalized treatment plan to address your needs. A cosmetic consultation with one of our dentists can offer the opportunity to explore your goals, treatment options, and expected results.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Resin Veneers
A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of tooth-like material. Porcelain veneers are highly stain-resistant and have the same light-reflecting properties as natural teeth. Resin veneers are a biocompatible resin material applied directly to the tooth and sculpted into place.
These dental veneers require little to no tooth preparation and are custom-made for a natural and comfortable fit. Your dentist will help you decide which type of dental veneer is right for you.
Dental veneers can:
- Close spaces between teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
Porcelain Veneers in Virginia Beach, VA
Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley use advanced technology to create dental veneers that will blend seamlessly with your smile. Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley work with a lab and ceramist in veneer cases to design and fabricate high-end porcelain veneers customized to the patient’s unique needs. The goal is to create precision fit restorations virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Comprehensive Evaluation: A thorough cosmetic dentistry evaluation is the first step in creating porcelain veneers. The examination will include a physical examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other support structures of the mouth. In addition, we carefully look for signs of stress, decay, or instability, often the underlying cause of cosmetic dental concerns.
Fixing the root of the problem rather than simply covering the teeth with dental veneers will ensure that the restoration is long-lasting and comfortable.
Treatment Planning: With a clear picture of your condition, Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will prepare a personalized treatment plan. You can think of the treatment plan as similar to a set of blueprints for an architect. They may use 2-D and 3-D models to demonstrate and test the proposed treatment using porcelain veneers.
Design & Fabrication: The dentist will take a digital impression of the teeth using a high-speed laser scanner. We send the digital images to a lab. The doctor and an expert ceramist plan and develop the case and create your custom veneers.
Final Restoration: Because so much planning goes into the treatment process, the last step is quite simple and predictable. Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will try the dental veneers for fit and color. Then, we make minor adjustments and permanently cement the veneers to the teeth.
After Care: Porcelain veneers do require some special care. We will review the instructions with you and show you how to floss and brush the dental veneers. Routine dental cleanings and examinations are essential to ensure long-term health and proper fit. Porcelain veneers are highly stain-resistant and will look bright for years to come.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Do porcelain veneers cause tooth damage?
No, your new porcelain veneers should not cause any tooth damage. The material is durable and will protect your teeth from stains and damage. In addition, properly placed veneers do not cause cavities. If you have tooth pain on a tooth that has a veneer, schedule a dental exam as soon as possible.
Can you whiten old dental veneers?
Unfortunately, we cannot whiten dental veneers because of their material. We can, however, replace them with new veneers. Modern veneers are highly stain-resistant, so you will not need to whiten them.
Can I get more than one dental veneer in a single visit?
Yes. You can get multiple porcelain veneers in a single visit. Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will evaluate your issues and create a treatment plan to address your oral needs. Treatment planning is an integral part of the process.
What can you not do with porcelain veneers?
Patients with veneers should stay away from chewy or sticky foods for a week or two after the procedure. Patients should also avoid chewing ice, eating raw fruit and vegetables, and drinking potent colored drinks such as soda, wine, coffee, tea, etc.
How often do veneers need replacing?
You may need to replace your veneers after about 15 years of wear. Depending on your oral care routine and diet, they may last longer. Some patients choose to replace their old veneers when newer types created with advanced technology are available. Only a dentist can remove and replace a porcelain veneer.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Porcelain Veneer Consultation
If you are interested in getting porcelain veneers near Norfolk, Chesapeake, or Virginia Beach, request an appointment online, or call us at 757-656-6368 today. We will discuss your cosmetic goals and budget concerns to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.