Northern Virginia cosmetic dentist Dr. Wayne Myles can recreate your smile’s appearance with durable, natural-looking porcelain veneers, custom-made to complement your unique appearance. Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that we offer in our Reston, Virginia, dental office.
We use dental veneers to treat tooth chips, gaps, permanent stains, misalignments, and malformations. The durable porcelain that our lab uses to create handmade porcelain veneers reflects light like natural tooth enamel. It also completely resists stains.
Recreating Your Smile Appearance with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are durable, but they can break. Veneer material is slightly less durable than your natural teeth, so it is important to exercise caution when eating with veneers. On average, porcelain veneers last ten years, but with proper care and diet, they can last up to 30 years. Good oral care, a healthy diet, and regular dental visits will help extend the life of your veneers.
Patients with veneers may choose to avoid hard foods, popcorn, sticky candies, and deeply colored drinks like coffee and wine. These foods are likely to cause excessive pressure on the veneers and can cause premature breaks and staining. We recommend that patients drink coffee in moderation with veneers. Coffee is a deeply-colored drink that can stain veneers and your teeth over time. Patients who choose to drink coffee with veneers typically drink through a straw.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Plan on two or three dental visits after your initial porcelain veneers consultation at our Reston facility. Because we highly customize the placement of dental veneers, the initial consultation is especially important. Dr. Myles will examine your oral health to make sure that you are a good candidate for veneers. If so, he will discuss your aesthetic goals with you, such as your preference for shape, length, width, and color.
At one visit, Dr. Myles will prepare your teeth, take a dental impression to send to our laboratory, then place temporary veneers that look amazing. Because a veneer adds a bit of thickness to the tooth, preparation involves removing approximately one-half millimeter of tooth enamel from the surface. This will ensure optimal fit and a strong bond between the tooth and the porcelain. He will then place temporary veneers to protect the underlying dentin while a dental ceramicist crafts the permanent veneers.
By wearing temporaries, you can become accustomed to what your new smile will look and feel like. If we need to make adjustments, Dr. Myles can translate the information to the lab before your restorations are complete. A dental ceramist will handcraft your custom porcelain veneers to the shape and shade Dr. Myles specifies. Placement of your porcelain veneers requires one visit to our Reston dental office. Dr. Myles will remove your temporaries, permanently adhere the new veneers in place, and make adjustments if required.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are ideal because they can take care of a wide variety of cosmetic concerns. They cover both the front and sides of your teeth, hiding any imperfections. We usually treat discolored teeth with professional teeth whitening. However, not all staining responds to this treatment. Staining caused be medication or trauma can’t be treated with traditional solutions. We color-match a porcelain veneer to whatever shade of white you desire.
As we grow older, age takes its toll on our teeth, as with the rest of our bodies. Teeth wear down and are likely to deal with cosmetic chips and cracks. They discolor as well, as the enamel layer wears away and exposes more of the off-white dentin layer that’s underneath. Porcelain veneers can reverse the impacts of aging and give you back a beautiful smile that you’re proud to show off.
Each veneer is made custom for your smile. We want to ensure that it blends perfectly and looks natural compared to the rest of your teeth. The size, shape, and shade are all decided by you and your natural teeth. Veneers can close tooth gaps while still looking subtle and normal. We’ll make the veneers so that they close that gap but still look natural in your smile.
At his Reston, Virginia dental office, Dr. Wayne Myles and his team will work with you to develop a plan that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. If you want to enhance the beauty of your smile, a smile makeover or porcelain veneers can transform your teeth from ordinary to extraordinary. Let our Northern Virginia cosmetic dentist redesign the contour of your smile, so it accentuates the natural beauty of your face.
Understanding the Cost of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can create beautiful transformations for your smile and self-confidence. However, many patients have a concern about the price tag. Rest assured that the Smiles by Myles team will be happy to help you navigate your budget and determine the best financial option available.
Every person’s circumstances are different. Someone may only want to cover a single tooth with a custom-made veneer. While another patient has an interest in an entire arch of new veneers. During your initial consultation with Dr. Myles, he can review these circumstances in greater detail and formulate the perfect treatment plan for your unique goals.
Once we place your veneers, you will enjoy many porcelain veneer benefits. Porcelain veneers are durable, beautiful, and lasting restorations that will deliver the smile you’ve always wanted! If you are living in Vienna, Oakton, Reston, or Northern Virginia and want to learn more about how they can transform your smile, contact our cosmetic dental office.