Porcelain Veneers in Germantown, MD
Smiles are an essential, basic form of communication. It should be a joy to flash a big spontaneous grin when you’re happy or excited, but that’s not the case when you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth.
At Century Dental in Germantown, MD, we know it’s crucial in business and in life to feel proud of your beautiful smile. No one wants to hide their teeth around others, and porcelain veneers can help you get back your confident smile.
How Can Porcelain Veneers Improve My Smile?
A dental veneer is a thin shell of ceramic customized to fit on the fronts of teeth that show when you smile. Because they cover a tooth’s surface, we use veneers to conceal cosmetic imperfections, including:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Wide gaps and uneven spacing
- Teeth that appear too small
- Oddly-shaped teeth
- Tooth stains or discoloration
- Mild tooth misalignment
Veneers are versatile, too; we can place veneers on one or two teeth to give your teeth a uniform appearance or place an entire set for a stunning smile makeover.
What’s the Process for Getting Veneers?
The first step before getting your veneers is a preliminary appointment with our cosmetic dentist at our Germantown dental office.
Preliminary Exam & Consultation
Dr. Fernando Archuleta will take x-rays and check the condition of your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy. Next, we’ll discuss your goals and expectations and how many veneers you want us to place.
Planning Your Veneers
To size your veneers properly, we’ll remove a thin layer—about half a millimeter—of enamel from your teeth. This step ensures the veneers sit flush against your gumline and blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth.
Next, we’ll take impressions of the prepared teeth that a trusted dental lab uses to customize your veneers. Dr. Archuleta also uses the impressions to create temporary veneers to protect your teeth until your final restorations are ready.
Together, we’ll choose the right shade of white for your veneers, then send all our specifications to the custom lab that prepares your final veneers to our exact specifications.
Placing Your Veneers on Your Teeth
The final and most exciting step in the process is placing your custom veneers on your teeth! Our cosmetic dentist carefully checks each one on your teeth to ensure proper fit, makes any adjustments, and bonds the veneers securely to your teeth.
Living with Your New Veneers
The ceramic material we use is strong and durable, but the veneers themselves are extremely thin. You have to take extra care to avoid chipping the edges when biting down on hard or crunchy foods.
Excellent oral hygiene is crucial when you have veneers or any other tooth restorations! A cavity can still develop in the underlying tooth, and we would need to remove and replace the veneer to treat it. So there’s your motivation to brush, floss, and keep up with routine exams and teeth cleanings!
If you’re conscientious with your oral health, your veneers can last ten years or longer before they need to be replaced.
Are You Ready for Porcelain Veneers?
At Century Dental, Dr. Fernando Archuleta takes great pride in the beautiful dental veneers he customizes for our patients in Germantown, MD. If there’s something about your smile you’d like to improve, we would love to help you.
Please call us at (301) 972-1600 to schedule an appointment to get started.