If you have smaller-than-average or unusually shaped teeth, veneers can restore balance and symmetry to your smile. At Momentum Dental Care, family dentist Tamesha Morris, DDS, and the team use porcelain veneers to help individuals achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Woodbridge or Bristow, Virginia, call the office or click the online booking tool.
Veneers are tooth-colored shells of porcelain bonded to your natural teeth. They cover visible imperfections that won’t respond to other treatments like teeth whitening.
Veneers can repair a single tooth or they can improve the appearance of your entire smile. The number of veneers that will most benefit you depends on your oral health history and goals.
At Momentum Dental Care, the team uses veneers to correct various issues, including:
You might also benefit from veneers if you have visible gaps or spaces in your smile.
Getting veneers at Momentum Dental Care typically takes two appointments spaced about a week apart.
At your first appointment, the team conducts an oral exam and asks about your goals. Then, they take a series of X-rays to determine the condition and position of your teeth. If you have gum disease or alignment issues, the team might recommend laser gum treatment or orthodontics before moving forward.
If your teeth and gums are healthy, they administer a local anesthetic and prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. To do this, the team removes a thin layer of enamel from each tooth, about one millimeter thick.
Afterward, they use the iTero® intraoral scanner to take digital impressions. The team then sends your impressions to a dental laboratory. The dental laboratory uses your impressions to create the porcelain veneers.
About a week later, you return to Momentum Dental Care. The team lines up the veneers with your permanent teeth and bonds them in place. Then, they provide you with care instructions.
Veneers often last between 10-15 years, but you can extend their lifespan with proper care. The team at Momentum Dental Care recommends brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the office twice a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To prevent damage to your veneers, avoid bad habits like nail-biting, chewing on pen caps, or opening objects with your teeth. If you play sports or lead a physically active lifestyle, consider wearing a mouthguard.
If you’re interested in learning more about veneers, make an appointment at Momentum Dental Care. Call the nearest office or click the online booking tool.