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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers in Abington, VA


Porcelain veneers can give you the straighter, whiter, natural-looking smile you’ve always wanted with no braces or surgeries required.

Porcelain veneers, also called shells, are made of a thin, tooth-colored material that fits like a glove over your own teeth to enhance or improve their size, length, shape or color. Porcelain veneers, which last an average of eight to 10 years, resist stains and always look real because they can reflect light just the way natural teeth do.

Picture of a veneer shell being placed on a toothDr. Thomas uses porcelain veneers to fix a variety of cosmetic issues, including:

  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Flawed color and contour
  • Birth defects 
  • Crooked or jagged teeth
  • Stubborn stains – veneers are a good camouflage for stains caused by antibiotics consumed during childhood

When you get porcelain veneers, expect to visit Dr. Thomas on three separate occasions.

DAY ONE

  • Dr. Thomas will give you a complete oral examination to make sure porcelain veneers are the right move. 
  • You and Dr. Thomas will sit down and go over the procedural steps and discuss how the prospective outcomes meet with your expectations and goals.

DAY TWO

  • About a half of a millimeter of enamel is removed from your teeth’s surface in order to accommodate the veneers, which is roughly the same thickness as the porcelain used. 
  • Next, Dr. Thomas makes an impression of your teeth and sends it to the manufacturer so it can create your customized porcelain veneers, which takes about three weeks. 

DAY THREE

  • When the veneers arrive, Dr. Thomas will shape and trip them into a perfect fit and make any necessary color adjustments. 
  • Next, he will clean and polish your teeth and apply some gentle etching to the surfaces so that the veneers bond nice and tight. 
  • The final step can take several hours and involves using a special cement to place the veneers over each tooth, along with a light beam that activates the bonding chemicals. 

Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers call for the same upkeep as normal teeth – regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups will keep them looking good. However, porcelain veneers can be more prone to damage or staining if you indulge in certain foods like raw carrots or grind your teeth. In that case, speak to Dr. Thomas about getting a sleep guard to protect them.

Will Porcelain Veneers Work for You?

Most people are good candidates for porcelain veneers. However, if you smoke, have severe tooth damage, gum disease, decay and missing teeth or require orthodontic care, you may need to treat those issues first.

It’s also important to note that once the tooth enamel is removed from your teeth, it’s gone for good. So if your existing teeth still look and function OK, Dr. Thomas may suggest another smile-enhancing strategy.