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 can address many cosmetic flaws with a single procedure. They can also easily be combined with other procedures, such as gum contouring.
Porcelain veneers are customized to look completely natural.
About Porcelain Veneers
Made of custom-shaded dental porcelain, veneers fit over the front surfaces 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 misalignment 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.
When to Choose an Alternative
There are certain oral health issues that may interfere with your candidacy for porcelain veneers. During your initial consultation, Dr. Crockett will perform a full evaluation of your smile and determine whether you meet the requirements for the procedure.
Issues that can affect your candidacy for veneers include:
- Poor oral health: It is important to have healthy teeth and gums before receiving veneers. If you have oral health concerns, such as gum disease, we can address them prior to your treatment.
- Insufficient tooth enamel: Dr. Crockett will need to remove a thin layer of enamel to ensure that your veneers fit properly. If you do not have sufficient enamel to support veneers, he may recommend an alternative cosmetic treatment.
- Clenching or grinding: While the dental porcelain used for veneers is strong, it cannot withstand the pressure of chronic grinding or clenching. Other habits, such as chewing your nails, can also harm your veneers.
If you are interested in veneers, you should be committed to a consistent oral hygiene routine. Without proper care, your teeth can develop health issues below the veneers, which can compromise your results.
You can discuss all of your concerns with Dr. Crockett during your exam. Based on the results of his evaluation, he may recommend alternative treatments, such as dental bonding, teeth whitening, or Invisalign®.
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 surfaces of the teeth you wish to treat so that the veneers lay flush with surrounding teeth. He will then take an impression of your teeth and select the best shade for your porcelain veneers. Before you leave this appointment, the doctor will secure temporary veneers to your teeth.
Over the next few weeks, while you wear the temporaries, your veneers will be made in a dental laboratory.
Davey Crockett Dentistry is one of the few practices that offers feldspathic veneers, which are created layer by layer for supremely natural-looking results. Feldspathic veneers also require less alteration of the tooth. We work with some of the most talented dental ceramists in the field to offer this special variety of veneer. The ceramist will create each of your veneers by hand, layering semi-translucent, custom-tinted material and sculpting it to meet Dr. Crockett’s specifications.
At your second and final appointment, your new veneers will be ready for placement. Dr. Crockett will remove your temporaries, clean the surfaces of your teeth, then permanently attach the veneers. He will assess your occlusion (the way in which 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.
Caring for veneers is no different than caring for your natural teeth.
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 teeth as white as your veneers by undergoing professional teeth whitening as needed. We offer both in-office and at-home whitening that can provide excellent results.
The Advantages of Veneers
Our veneers offer a wide range of benefits, including:
- Natural-looking results: Dr. Crockett will precisely match the color of your veneers to your surrounding teeth for a beautiful effect.
- Simple placement: Veneers only require two visits to our office.
- Virtually instant effects: Once your veneers are in place, you can experience an instantly upgraded smile without the hassle of orthodontic work or other more involved treatments.
- No recovery: You can return immediately to your normal activities, with no uncomfortable recovery period.
- Customizable to your smile: Our veneers are handcrafted by our skilled ceramist to match your unique smile.
- Enhanced confidence: Upgrading your smile can improve your self-esteem so you can experience greater confidence in your personal and professional life.
Another advantage of veneers is that they can be combined with a range of other cosmetic treatments. Dr. Crockett can even include them in a comprehensive smile makeover to address multiple concerns in one treatment plan.
Whether you want to brighten your smile with veneers and teeth whitening or create a more symmetrical effect by adding gum contouring, we can find the right combination of treatments to meet your goals.
Affordable Cosmetic Treatment
Since porcelain veneers are a purely cosmetic procedure, most dental insurance plans do not cover them. However, at Davey Crockett Dentistry, we are committed to helping you afford the treatments you desire. We accept all major credit cards at our practice.
Custom porcelain veneers can create a more uniform, esthetic appearance of confidence, health, and beauty.
In addition, you can choose from in-office financing or third-party financing through CareCredit®. Our team can discuss your payment options with you before beginning treatment and work with you to find a solution that fits your needs.
Contact Us Today
Crooked, chipped, oddly spaced, or stained front teeth can easily affect your appearance and your confidence. Custom porcelain veneers can create a more uniform, appearance of confidence, health, and beauty. The restorations can produce stunning effects on their own, or they can be combined with other procedures for a customized smile makeover. To learn more about porcelain veneers by Dr. Crockett, request a consultation online or call (804) 282-2990 today.