Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular and aesthetically pleasing restorations used in cosmetic dentistry to create a dazzling smile. Veneers offer a quick and painless solution to a wide range of cosmetic issues.
Dr. Michael Chung and his team at Softouch Dental Care have transformed hundreds of smiles using porcelain veneers. To learn more about these long-lasting dental restorations, call 703-319-6990 to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve patients from Oakton, Vienna, McLean, and nearby areas of Northern Virginia.
This page provides information about porcelain veneers, including:
- What are Porcelain Veneers?
- Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Problems Solved by Veneers
- Porcelain Veneer Candidates
- The Porcelain Veneer Process
- Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Veneers vs. Braces
- Choosing a Porcelain Veneers Dentist
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of dental porcelain which are securely bonded to the front surface of your natural teeth. They are sometimes called dental veneers, or dental porcelain laminates.
These restorations are custom made in a lab, ensuring that they will blend in seamlessly with your smile. The color, size, and shape are all tailored to your unique needs. Modern porcelain veneers look very natural, as they reflect light in the same way that tooth enamel does.
“My teeth were generally healthy but I had veneers that I really disliked. Dr. Chung re-did my veneers and I love them! They are perfect. “- Michael
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can completely transform your smile in just a few office visits. They offer many benefits, which is why they are one of the most consistently popular cosmetic dentistry treatments in the United States year after year.
The benefits of veneers include that they:
- Offer beautiful and natural results
- Are staining resistant
- Are durable and long-lasting
- Can correct multiple concerns at once
- Can improve your confidence in your smile
- Are completely customizable
- Can be completed in two office visits
Another benefit of porcelain veneers is their ability to help whiten your smile. When replacing an entire smile line, all of your veneers will be matched to a bright, natural color. The slightly translucent quality of each veneer allows light to pass through and reflect off your natural teeth. The non-porous surface of porcelain veneers helps protect against discoloration, maintaining the beauty of your smile for many years to come.
Veneers can also provide functional benefits. In many cases, cracked or weakened teeth will no longer need to be replaced after porcelain veneers are applied, since the veneer can act as a splint once a tooth has been stabilized. Despite how thin the porcelain is, once veneers are bonded to your teeth, they become very durable. With proper care, veneers can even help protect your teeth against decay.
Dental Problems Solved by Veneers
Due to their versatility, porcelain veneers can conceal a wide range of common aesthetic problems. These restorations are individually crafted to address your unique dental needs and cosmetic concerns. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers can give you a smile that you will love to show off!
Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of a variety of cosmetic issues, including:
- Small gaps between teeth
- Chips and surface cracks
- Stubborn discoloration that does not respond to tooth whitening
- Minor crookedness or misalignment
- Mismatched tooth sizes
- Uneven tooth shapes
Whatever combination of such problems your smile has, porcelain veneers can solve them in two visits. However, patients with severe bite conditions or alignment problems may benefit from another treatment, such as Invisalign. Dr. Chung will discuss your options in detail during your consultation.
Porcelain Veneer Candidates
Throughout the years, your teeth really take a pounding with all the forces you exert day after day. If you suffer from pitted, slightly crooked, cracked, banded, or dingy-colored teeth that are immune to whitening, you may consider porcelain veneers.
While veneers may not be the right choice for everyone, they can be an excellent option for people who are good candidates.
Great candidates for porcelain veneers:
- Have healthy teeth
- Are not suffering from gum disease
- Practice good oral hygiene
- Want to improve the appearance of their smile
- Have realistic expectations for the treatment
If the health of your teeth and gums is less than ideal, you may still be a candidate for veneers. However, Dr. Chung will need to treat any oral health issues before proceeding with the veneers process.
If you are interested in veneers, Dr. Chung will first examine your teeth closely, looking at their particular coloring, size, shape, and alignment. He will explain how veneers work and make sure that you know what to expect.
The Porcelain Veneer Process
After your initial evaluation with Dr. Chung, the application of your porcelain veneers will only take two visits.
The First Visit
Dr. Chung will lightly buff the surfaces of the teeth that are receiving the veneers, removing enamel to perhaps the thickness of eggshell to make space for the veneers. Many people need no anesthetic for this, as so little enamel is removed, but you can certainly have anesthetic if you prefer.
Dr. Chung will take an impression of the teeth using malleable impression putty. He will send this, along with supporting information, to our dental laboratory, and they will use it as a model for your veneers.
The lab will take one to two weeks to craft your customized porcelain veneers, and in that waiting period, you might be wearing temporary veneers. This would be decided ahead of time based on your tooth sensitivity, your preference, and Dr. Chung’s professional judgment.
The Second Visit
Your brand-new, custom-made porcelain veneers have arrived at our office! Dr. Chung will temporarily place them on your teeth, buffing down more enamel if needed and shaping the veneers to fit properly.
This is very precise work that shows the artistry of dentists as well as their technical skills. When everything looks good to you and Dr. Chung, then veneers will be bonded permanently using a curing light. Now you have a bright new smile!
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
Many people tend to assume that porcelain veneers require extra care. However, taking care of your veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. An added benefit is that veneers resist the buildup of plaque, though poor oral hygiene will cause plaque and tartar to accumulate.
Make sure that you brush twice a day and floss once a day as you normally would. Remember to visit our office for routine dental cleanings to protect your oral health and help extend the life of your veneers.
Avoid habits that can damage natural teeth, such as:
- Chewing on ice
- Grinding and clenching your teeth
- Using your teeth to open things
Porcelain veneers can last for decades, but their longevity depends on how well you care for them. Porcelain is stain-resistant and durable, and we are confident that you will enjoy the benefits of your veneers for many years to come.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Braces
When it comes to achieving a straighter smile, you have several choices. For years, metal braces were the only option for correcting malocclusion. Metal braces are a conservative and effective method for correcting bite irregularities, but they can be obvious and awkward for adults.
With advancements in adult orthodontics, invisible braces such as Invisalign have gained popularity. With this option, your teeth can be straightened in a much less obtrusive manner. However, this orthodontic treatment still requires you to commit to follow-up visits and a lengthy straightening process.
Instead of resorting to orthodontics, porcelain veneers allow you to quickly and effectively achieve a straighter-looking smile. Because of this, veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.”
Instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers offers several advantages over braces. Some of the advantages of veneers include:
- A faster solution to your dental issues
- Do not require teeth to be straightened, which can minimize discomfort
- Will not require a retainer after treatment
- Can correct cosmetic problems along with improving your bite
Keep in mind that while porcelain veneers may give you the appearance of a straighter smile, they do not actually change the position of your teeth.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Chung will evaluate the quality of your smile. Based on your needs, he will suggest the procedure he thinks will provide you with the best results. With years of experience and a high rate of customer satisfaction, Dr. Chung is able to help all of our patients find the procedure most suited to their needs and provide results that will restore strength, function, and beauty to your smile.
Choosing a Porcelain Veneers Dentist
When selecting a porcelain veneers dentist, you need to find a cosmetic dentistry practice that makes you feel comfortable, informed, and relaxed.
Dr. Chung and his staff are dedicated to personalized treatment that caters to your individual needs. Our friendly and courteous staff limits scheduled appointments to two or three patients a day. We believe in providing five-star treatment with all the modern comforts and technology available.
Our client testimonials speak to the character of our office and the satisfaction of our patients. We pride ourselves on our strong reputation and do our best to exceed your expectations. Modern comforts provided in our office, such as being able to watch a movie during your procedure, are designed to create a soothing atmosphere.
We understand your desire for an attractive smile. Healthy teeth and gums can enhance your lifestyle by dramatically improving your self-esteem. Porcelain veneers are often a great choice to enhance your smile.
You will have professionalism and personalized treatment on your side when you choose to work with us. We are honored that our patients have made us a premier choice for cosmetic dentistry.
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation Today
Please contact Softouch Dental Care to arrange your personal consultation with our cosmetic dentist in Oakton, VA by calling 703-319-6990. Your consultation is a time to meet Dr. Chung and his team and to look at our very comfortable offices. Our experienced dental team will happily answer all of your questions.
We see only two or three patients each day, devoting time and personalized attention to each patient, and we look forward to working with you. Our cosmetic dentist serves McLean, Oakton, Vienna, and nearby areas of Northern Virginia.