Conceal Minor Imperfections With Porcelain Veneers

Dr. William Davey Crockett provides porcelain veneers at his Richmond, VA, practice to conceal chips, deep stains, and other imperfections. Veneers are commonly called an instant smile makeover or instant orthodontics, because they address many cosmetic flaws with a single procedure. They can also easily be combined with other procedures, such as gum contouring. Instead of undergoing many restorative and cosmetic procedures, porcelain veneers may be all you need to completely rejuvenate your smile.

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Porcelain veneers are customized to look completely natural.

About Porcelain Veneers

Made of custom-shaded dental porcelain, veneers are solid restorations that fit over the front surface of teeth that show when you smile. In addition to hiding chips and stains, veneers can close wide or uneven spaces between teeth. They conceal slight misalignments and can change the shape of front teeth as well. Each veneer is designed and placed individually, with great care and attention to detail. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Crockett will help you decide whether porcelain veneers are the best treatment to deliver the results you want.

The Procedure

After your initial exam and consultation, if you and Dr. Crockett determine that porcelain veneers are the option for you, expect two more visits to Davey Crockett Dentistry to complete the procedure. Your first clinical appointment will entail preparing your teeth for the restorations. Dr. Crockett will remove a small amount of enamel from the front surface of teeth so the veneers lay flush with surrounding teeth. He will then take an impression of your dentition and select the best shade for your porcelain veneers. Before you leave this appointment, the doctor will secure temporary restorations to your teeth.

Because porcelain veneers fit securely over the existing tooth structure, they will function and feel like part of your natural dentition.

Over the next few weeks, while you become accustomed to wearing the temporaries, your veneers will be made in a dental laboratory. We work with some of the most talented dental ceramists, so you can be assured that your veneers will look natural and beautiful. By layering semi-translucent, custom-tinted material and sculpting it to meet Dr. Crockett’s specifications, the ceramist will create each of your veneers by hand.

At your second and final appointment, your new veneers will be ready for placement. Dr. Crockett will remove your temporaries, clean the surface of your front teeth, then permanently affix the permanent veneers. He will assess your occlusion – how your upper and lower teeth fit together – and make adjustments to the veneers if necessary. After a final polish, your restorations will be ready to help your smile look beautiful for 20 years or longer.

Care and Maintenance

Because porcelain veneers fit securely over the existing tooth structure, they will function and feel like part of your natural dentition. No special care is necessary. Continue to brush and floss your teeth normally, and visit Dr. Crockett for six-month checkups and cleanings. Should you experience any abnormalities or toothaches between preventive visits, schedule an appointment immediately.

Your porcelain veneers will resist stains, so they will remain the same color forever. However, your natural teeth will continue to discolor when exposed to dark beverages and foods, or tobacco. Keep your natural enamel as white as your veneers by undergoing professional teeth whitening, as needed. We offer both in-office and home whitening that can provide excellent results.

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Crooked, chipped, oddly spaced, or stained front teeth could hamper your image and your confidence. Custom porcelain veneers can create a more uniform, esthetic appearance of confidence, health, and beauty. The restorations can produce stunning effects on their own or be combined with other procedures for a customized smile makeover. To learn more about porcelain veneers, schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Crockett today.