Dental veneers are customized, translucent wafer-thin shells worn over teeth to provide a quick and effective way to brighten your smile. If you have damage to your teeth, whether they are crooked, chipped, cracked or discolored, let the magic of dental veneers transform your smile!
How can veneers help? An excellent alternative to dental crowns, veneers are routinely used to whiten the appearance of your teeth and lengthen a tooth that may have been worn down from grinding and clenching. They can be used to fill minor gaps in between teeth–even teeth lost to gum disease–and can mask discolored fillings if used on the front teeth.
What are veneers? Veneers are ultra-thin shells customized to resemble your own natural teeth–due to their ability to mimic the way natural teeth reflect light–and are fitted over your existing teeth. Unlike braces, veneers can improve your smile in just a few visits, instead of taking years to correct. Veneers also serve to protect the health of the existing tooth underneath if properly cared for by daily brushing and flossing.
What are veneers made from? Veneers can be created from porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are often used for extensive tooth corrections, while composite resin veneers are used as a less invasive way to correct tooth problems. Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant and natural-looking than composite veneers, but composite veneers are thinner, which means less of your tooth surface needs to be removed. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the existing tooth and with proper care and maintenance can last over ten years.
If a more beautiful smile is on your list of changes you would like to make in the coming New Year, you may be pleased with dental veneers! Call our team at Dr. Alan J. White’s office at 540-886-1979 and let us help you restore your smile!