Top-Rated Dentists in Washington D.C. and Maryland Offer Quality Dental Veneers
Washington, DC – Dec. 1, 2020. The Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry provides quality dental veneers and welcomes new patients in the District and suburban Maryland. For those who have chipped, crooked, or discolored teeth and want a more conservative solution than crowns, then the Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry’s dental veneer services may be the answer.
What Are Veneers and How Can They Help?
Veneers are incredibly thin shells made from porcelain, ceramic, or resin that bond to the front of a tooth to change its color, size, or shape. Cosmetic dentists use them to fix crooked or stained teeth, repair broken ones, and shorten gaps. New technologies make it easier than ever to create a custom veneer to bond onto the front of teeth, masking their imperfections.
This process is more conservative than using a crown and has become very popular in treating various problems, such as teeth discolored by coffee or smoking. Veneers are also a great option if past dental procedures have caused irregularities or blemishes in one’s teeth. The porcelain laminates provide a more natural look by mimicking the reflection of real teeth.
The dental team at the Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry only uses the highest quality materials in their laminates and bonding so that the veneers they install can function for more than a decade with regular care.
Perfect, Natural-Looking Teeth in Three Easy Steps
The team at the Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry explains that they can help a patient obtain a shiny new smile through veneers in only three appointments.
- Diagnosis and Planning: At the first appointment, the dentist will discuss what the patient wants to achieve with veneers and determine if attaching veneers would be the appropriate service, providing alternatives as needed. After deciding how many teeth to treat at once, the dental team takes X-rays and impressions of the patient’s teeth.
- Preparation: The second appointment takes a few hours to prepare the teeth for veneers. To make room for the veneer, the dentist removes less than half a millimeter of enamel from the tooth's front. Next, team members take additional molds of the patient’s teeth, which they send to the laboratory that constructs the veneers. The labwork takes between two to four weeks. The dentist may install a temporary veneer for an additional cost.
- Bonding: Before attaching the veneer, the dentist makes sure that the shape, size, and color are suitable then makes any necessary final adjustments. Next, the dental team polishes and etches the patient’s teeth to strengthen the bonding, and then they apply dental cement hardened by a special light beam. After removing excess adhesive, the dentist will test the patient’s bite to ensure that the veneer is a perfect fit.
After the installation of dental veneers, a patient only needs one last follow-up appointment to ensure correct placement and continued gum health. Maintaining veneers from then on is as simple as continuing proper preventative care such as daily brushing and flossing.
Anyone seeking dental veneers in the Washington D.C. and Maryland area can call the Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at (202) 363-2500. The Center’s location is 4910 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 204, Washington, DC 20016.