• Dental Veneers Henrico

  • The word veneer is defined as a thin layer of material bonded to another type of material.  In dentistry, the term refers to the process of bonding a something to the tooth. It is a cosmetic dentistry service that corrects minor imperfections of the tooth’s surface.  Discolored teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, and misshaped teeth can be corrected through the use of dental veneers Henrico. Made of porcelain or plastic, veneers hide the imperfection and improve the overall image of your smile.

    Porcelain Veneers

    Porcelain veneers are often crafted using an impression of the mouth and then affixed to the front of your teeth. Henrico Dental works to preserve the existing tooth’s surface as much as possible before bonding the thin veneer to the tooth.  Occasionally, if a tooth has significant imperfections, some of the enamel will be removed before bonding a thicker layer of porcelain onto the tooth.  Regardless, the results are amazing and cosmetically enhance our patients’ smiles.

    Composite Veneers

    Plastic, or composite, dental veneers Henrico are applied directly to the surface of the tooth rather than like porcelain veneers which are created before bonding them to the tooth.  Composite veneers are essentially painted on to the tooth and then cured. This solution is typically a lesser cost for patients, though they may need to be replaced more often.

    Porcelain and Composite Veneers Comparison

  • Porcelain

    Lasts 10-15 years (with proper care)

    Steadfast color


    Cost more, initially

    Multiple visits to achieve custom shade

    Natural, aesthetic appearance

  • Composite

    Lasts 4-8 years

    Prone to staining

    Can chip or fracture

    Less costly, initially

    Single visit

    Less natural appearance

  • Care of Dental Veneers Henrico and Bonding

    • Avoid eating hard foods with the front of your teeth such as biting into apples, carrots, hard caramels or candy, etc.
    • Never open containers or bags with your teeth.
    • Don’t chew on pen caps, pencils, or bite your nails.
    • Follow your Glen Allen dentist post procedure care,
    • Brush and floss daily.
    • Visit your dentist for regular dental exams and cleanings to ensure the material isn’t compromised.