Veneers in brambleton

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are one of the best ways to treat cosmetic issues with your smile in Brambleton, VA. A veneer is a very thin, tooth-shaped “shell” of porcelain. Each veneer is designed to fit over a tooth, cover up the front chewing surface, and restore your smile’s appearance.

With a full set of veneers, you can completely transform your front teeth. Veneers are very long-lasting and versatile. They also look and feel completely natural, which makes them a very popular cosmetic treatment. Contact Bobbio Family Dental now for a cosmetic consultation, and find out if veneers are right for you.

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Did you know…

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Veneers were first used to enhance the appearance of actor’s teeth in Hollywood in the 1920's.

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How It Works: The Veneers Placement Process

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Cosmetic Consultation

To begin the veneer placement process, you’ll need to see Dr. Jennifer Bobbio for a cosmetic consultation. Veneers are not right for everyone, so she will need to examine your mouth to make sure it’s healthy. She can also discuss other cosmetic dentistry treatments. With our help, you’ll always get the treatment that’s right for your needs and your budget.

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Tooth Prep And Veneer Fitting

If you’re approved for veneers, you’ll schedule a follow-up appointment. At this appointment, your Brambleton family dentist will clean your mouth and numb your teeth. Then, she will remove a thin layer of enamel from each tooth that’s getting a veneer. Next, she will take images and impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to a dental lab, where your veneers will be made.

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Building Your Veneers

Dr. Bobbio will place a set of temporary veneers to protect your teeth, then send you home. Then, our partner dental lab will build your veneers based on the information gathered during your veneer fitting. This will usually take 2-3 weeks.

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Final Veneers Placement

Once your permanent veneers are done, you’ll come back to Bobbio Family Dental. Dr. Bobbio will remove your temporary veneers. Then, she’ll check the fit of your permanent veneers, and make any necessary minor adjustments. Next, she will attach your veneers to your teeth with dental cement and give them a final polish. Finally, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new smile.

What Cosmetic Issues Can Veneers Treat?

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Tooth Stains and Discoloration

Veneers are highly effective at treating tooth stains and discoloration. If you have very severe tooth stains, they may be a better choice than teeth whitening. Very deep stains may not be removable with whitening alone. With a set of veneers, you can cover up tooth discoloration and get the smile you deserve.

Worn Teeth

If your teeth are worn down due to teeth grinding or simply due to wear and tear, veneers can add size and reshape your teeth to improve their appearance. After you get veneers, you may want to discuss getting a night guard with Dr. Bobbio, particularly if you grind your teeth. Just like natural teeth, veneers can become worn down or even break due to teeth grinding. A night guard can help you protect your new smile.

Chipped Or Irregularly Shaped Teeth

Veneers are often used to treat minor damage to teeth such as chipped teeth, or to reshape irregularly shaped, pointy, and uneven teeth. With a set of veneers, your teeth will all look consistent in size, shape, and appearance.

Misalignment And Gapping

If you have a gap in your front teeth or other slight tooth misalignments, veneers can be used to fill these gaps and enhance your smile. However, veneers are not a good option if you have significant alignment issues. You may need orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are veneers permanent?

Veneers are not considered a permanent dental solution; however, they can last for many years with proper care. On average, veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. The lifespan of veneers depends on various factors such as oral hygiene practices, dietary habits, and the quality of the veneers themselves.

While veneers are designed to be durable and resistant to staining, they can still be susceptible to damage over time. It's important to note that veneers may need to be replaced or repaired if they become chipped, cracked, or worn down, as their placement often requires the removal of a small amount of enamel. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential to ensure the longevity of your veneers.

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How do I care for my veneers?

Caring for your veneers is relatively simple and requires the same level of oral hygiene as your natural teeth. Here are some tips to help you maintain the appearance and functionality of your veneers: 

1. Brush and floss regularly: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to gently clean your teeth and veneers twice a day. Flossing daily will help remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and veneers.

2. Avoid excessive force: While veneers are durable, they can still be damaged by excessive force. Avoid biting into hard objects like ice, pens, or fingernails, as this can chip or crack your veneers.

3. Wear a mouthguard: If you participate in sports or activities that may put your teeth at risk of injury, wearing a mouthguard can help protect your veneers and natural teeth.

4. Avoid staining agents: Veneers are resistant to staining, but they are not completely immune. To prevent discoloration, limit your consumption of foods and beverages that are known to stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco products.

5. Regular dental visits: Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to ensure the health and longevity of your veneers. Your dentist will assess the condition of your veneers and provide any necessary maintenance or repairs.

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Does dental insurance cover veneers?

Dental insurance coverage for veneers can vary depending on your specific insurance plan. In general, dental insurance plans typically do not cover cosmetic procedures, including veneers, as they are considered elective treatments.

However, some dental insurance plans may provide partial coverage for veneers if they are deemed medically necessary. For example, if you have severe tooth discoloration or damage that affects your oral health, your insurance may cover a portion of the cost.

It's important to consult with your dental insurance provider to understand your coverage and any potential out-of-pocket expenses. Additionally, many dental practices offer financing options or payment plans to help make veneers more affordable for patients.