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 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.
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
Lasts 10-15 years (with proper care)
Cost more, initially
Multiple visits to achieve custom shade
Natural, aesthetic appearance
Lasts 4-8 years
Prone to staining
Can chip or fracture
Less costly, initially
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.
In need of immediate care?
We provide emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call us at our office (804) 527-1008