A guide to dramatic, hassle-free smile transformations with porcelain veneers in Chevy Chase, MD
In the capable hands of Drs Erick Hosaka and Valerie Cassis, chips, gaps, deep discoloration, worn-down teeth, and otherwise irregularly shaped choppers can be transformed, naturally, with durable and tooth-like dental porcelain. Due to our exceptional skill at Hosaka Dental in Chevy Chase, MD, we can restore worn bonding or veneers designed unsatisfactorily at other dentist’s offices to healthy function and a lifelike appearance. So, porcelain veneers at our office are indistinguishable in form and function from natural and healthy teeth.
Veneer basics for one-of-a-kind smiles
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of this dental ceramic, which is prized for properties that mimic natural tooth enamel. Dental porcelain is also stain-resistant and very strong. The veneers are placed on the front surfaces of each tooth to be treated. Once the veneers are secured to the front of each natural tooth, they cover up imperfections ranging from extra spaces between teeth to slight cracks.
To make room for the veneers on the teeth (so they don’t stick out too much), a small amount of enamel is removed from the natural tooth. Modern veneers are so thin that very little enamel is lifted from the tooth. The more natural tooth structure that we can save, the better the outcomes from dental procedures. Additionally, minimal alteration of the tooth supports a more comfortable treatment experience. So, most patients do not need to have a numbing anesthetic to manage discomfort or tooth sensitivity.
Veneered teeth can be cared for like natural teeth with brushing, flossing, and visits to our office for professional cleanings and exams.
All treatments, veneers, and otherwise, start with a dental exam. We will need to resolve underlying oral conditions before moving forward with treatment. It’s important to discuss problems that can damage veneers from the get-go; for instance, patients who grind their teeth should have oral appliances or night guards customized to their mouths to protect the veneers from damage.
If we determine that veneers are an excellent option for your smile, we will “prepare” both the natural tooth and the veneer. That involves slightly abrading and conditioning the tooth. Then, impressions are taken that guide the fabrication of your veneer. Provisional or temporary veneers may be placed to protect the prepared tooth while the permanent veneer is being made in a lab. After the veneer is completed, we will remove the provisional and check that the permanent looks and fits well before fixing it securely to the natural tooth.
Depending on your needs, we may determine that you are a candidate for veneers alternatives – ranging from dental bonding to porcelain inlays, onlays, and crowns. Contact us today at (301) 686-5255 to schedule an appointment. Let us makeover your smile!