If your New Year's goals this year include improving the appearance of your smile or strengthening your overall dental health, it might be time for you to look into veneers. Dental veneers cover the front surface of your teeth for potentially transformative results. In addition to aesthetic improvements, veneers can also offer other dental health benefits. Here are five reasons why Padmaja Yalamandchili, DDS, PC recommends veneers for patients at her Northern Virginia practice.
1. Evening out your smile
Dental veneers cover the front of your teeth with a custom shell made out of porcelain or resin. They change your teeth's color, size, and shape. With a full set of veneers, you can flash a face full of even, similarly colored and shaped teeth every time you smile.
2. Reshaping your bite
Veneers can take the place of braces as a tool to re-sculpt and adjust your bite. When we put your veneers into place, we often reduce your existing teeth before permanently bonding on the shells. We can use the veneer process to correct irregularities in your teeth placement and alignment. Better alignment will improve your dental hygiene, as well as positively impact your smile's appearance.
3. Addressing dental problems
Veneers can help with tooth structure problems, functioning similarly to a crown, although not every patient who needs a crown will be able to use veneers as a treatment. We can use a veneer to cover and protect a damaged or cracked tooth. For repair work, you might only need a single veneer, or a set of veneers covering just a few of your teeth, rather than a full set.
4. Strengthening your teeth
Veneers don't just affect your teeth's appearance. Your natural enamel also benefits from the reinforcement of the added porcelain or resin shells. Because of the permanent and irreversible way we bond your veneers to your existing teeth, you end up with a strengthened bite after getting a full set installed.
5. Boosting your confidence
With the aesthetic and structural support your smile will receive from your veneers, your confidence can start to soar. Once you've completed the process of getting your veneers installed, you can move forward in your personal and professional life armed with the megawatt movie-star grin you've always dreamed of. And, the good news is, you won't need another set for at least 7–15 years.
Dr. Yalamanchili typically uses three appointments to complete the veneer process. First, she discusses your case at an initial consultation. Next, she prepares your teeth and takes the molds for your veneers. Finally, your veneers are permanently affixed to the tooth or teeth that need fixing. The length of your appointments depends on your health history, how many teeth you want covered, and other factors.
To find out if veneers could be the solution for you, contact Dr. Yalamanchili's Fairfax, Virginia practice today. You can schedule your initial consultation by calling us at 703-213-5313 or by using the online booking tool.