Your New Smile is Just Around the Corner
Dentists use dental veneers in restorative and cosmetic dentistry for subtle changes and dramatic smile makeover transformations. Veneers can consist 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 severely stained teeth do not respond to a whitening treatment.
Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley are leading Virginia Beach cosmetic dentists and provide dental veneers to address your cosmetic needs. A cosmetic consultation with one of our dentists can offer the opportunity to explore your goals, treatment options, and expected results. Learn more about this service, our personalized treatment plan process, and more below.
Porcelain Veneers Process in Virginia Beach, VA
Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley use modern 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. In this section, we will cover the step-by-step process for getting porcelain veneers at our dental office.
Step 1: Comprehensive Evaluation
A thorough evaluation is the first step in getting porcelain veneers. The exam will include an analysis of your 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 for many years.
Step 2: 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.
This plan will also include a timeframe, the expected cost of porcelain veneers treatment, and other recommendations. Our team will not begin treatment until you approve the proposed plan.
Step 3: Design & Fabrication
Our dentist will take a digital impression of your teeth using a high-speed laser scanner. Then we will send the digital images to our dental lab. The doctor and an expert ceramist will plan and develop the case and create your custom veneers. This requires precise measurements and careful attention to detail in order to ensure a natural-looking result.
Step 4: 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 have you try on the dental veneers to ensure that they fit properly and match the color of the rest of your teeth. We may make minor adjustments if necessary. Then, we will permanently cement the veneers to the prepared teeth and send you on your way.
Porcelain Veneer Aftercare
Taking care of your dental veneers is essential for keeping them looking their best. Porcelain veneers may require some special care. We will review the instructions with you and show you how to floss and brush your new dental veneers. Routine dental cleanings and examinations are essential to ensure long-term health and proper fit. Because of their highly stain-resistant properties, porcelain veneers will look bright for years to come.
After having the procedure, it is important to brush and floss regularly as well as use teeth whitening products. Your teeth stain over time but veneers do not, so consider getting teeth whitening to keep your teeth from looking darker than your veneers. Using at-home whitening products or professional teeth whitening at the dentist can help maintain the brightness of your smile over time.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Resin Veneers
Porcelain and resin veneers are both popular dental treatments that can improve the look of your smile. A porcelain veneer is a shell of a translucent thin layer of porcelain. This tooth-like material is highly stain-resistant and has the same light-reflecting properties as your real teeth. To prepare for a porcelain veneer, the dentist will need to shave off a small area of your tooth enamel so the veneer bonds to the surface of your teeth.
The resin veneer is similar to a porcelain veneer in that it covers the entire surface of your teeth. However, the resin veneers are usually thinner and more temporary than their porcelain counterparts. Resin veneers are biocompatible resin that your dentist applies directly to the tooth and sculpts into place. These dental veneers require little to no tooth preparation and are custom-made for a natural and comfortable fit.
Our dentists can use both types of veneers to address issues such as stains, gaps, chips, and even to correct a lisp. Your dentist will help you decide which type of dental veneer is right for you.
Dental veneers can:
- Close spaces or gaps between your teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked teeth
- Repair chipped and broken teeth
- Cover stained and discolored teeth
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
Are you looking for 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.