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Porcelain Veneers Washington, DC

Dental veneers are thin shells of custom-crafted porcelain placed on the front of tooth enamel. They have many benefits as a cosmetic dentistry treatment. We can address problems like worn, discolored, uneven, and slightly crooked teeth with veneers. Dr. Christopher Banks offers porcelain veneers for patients at Dupont Dental in Washington, DC. He ensures natural-looking veneers that meet your cosmetic goals. 

Veneers are cosmetic treatments that can cover one or all teeth that show when you smile. We recommend veneers for a straighter or brighter smile without orthodontics or teeth whitening treatment. Veneers create a more uniform, beautiful smile.

Dental Veneers in Washington, DC

How Can Porcelain Veneers Benefit You?

Veneers can cover gaps between teeth, stained teeth, black triangles, and misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers in our Washington, DC, office provide many benefits:

A One-Step Smile Makeover

One of the reasons veneers are so popular is that they can treat almost any cosmetic dental problem. If you have discolored teeth, veneers completely cover the discoloration and can be any shade of white that you desire.

If you have chipped or cracked teeth, veneers repair and replace the area that’s been chipped away. Veneers are also good for teeth worn down from years of use, giving you a younger-looking smile.

Unlike other restorations, veneers don’t require intensive preparation for your smile. We remove a small amount of tooth enamel so the veneer lays flush with the rest of your teeth. Treatment options like dental crowns require a large amount of tooth structure removal.

Veneers are a permanent treatment option for your smile. They last longer than other cosmetic options like dental bonding. On average, veneers last 10-15 years if you care for them properly.

You customize your porcelain veneer treatment. They’re made to the size, shape, and shade you desire for your smile while making it look natural. There’s no added bulk or discomfort; they also feel natural in your mouth. You don’t have to spend time and money on multiple treatment options to get the smile of your dreams.

Durable

While veneers aren’t as strong as natural tooth enamel, they’re still durable. Dental porcelain is tough and requires a lot of pressure to chip or crack a veneer.

You can still eat a varied diet and consume the foods you enjoy because they’re built to withstand the wear and tear of everyday functions. Because the material is slightly flexible, it can resist damage, as it has some give. 

Dental porcelain is also highly stain-resistant. Lifestyle habits like drinking coffee and wine discolor teeth, but porcelain veneers can resist discoloration from these things. If you take care of porcelain veneers, they can last a lifetime.

If you lose a veneer, we’ll replace it with another one. Like before, we’ll match the veneer to perfectly blend in with your smile. Veneers also add a layer of strength to your teeth to preserve the natural tooth structure.

Low-Maintenance

With some restorations or treatments, you have to learn new techniques to ensure they stay healthy and functional. With porcelain veneers, you only have to brush and floss as you’d normally do. Visit the dentist regularly to ensure that everything is as it should be.

They look and feel like your natural teeth, so there isn’t much we need to do. If you notice a problem with your veneers, let us know so we can check it out.

Getting Porcelain Veneers in Washington, DC

Before veneer treatment, Dr. Banks will ensure you’re in good oral health. Veneers can shift or loosen if patients experience tooth decay or gum disease. Dr. Banks will take digital images of your smile to send to a dental lab. These images will also show you what veneers can do for your smile. 

Preparation

Dr. Banks will prepare the teeth for veneers by removing a layer of tooth enamel. This preparation ensures that the veneers properly adhere to the teeth. Dr. Banks will also color-match your teeth to your veneers, ensuring they have a uniform shade and blend in with other natural teeth.

Crafting the Veneers

He will send impressions and specifications to a lab, where technicians craft the veneers from porcelain. The lab technicians match the veneers to the shape, size, and shade of your desired teeth. 

Dr. Banks will also provide temporary veneers while the lab creates the permanent veneers. He temporarily cements these veneers to your prepared teeth. 

Final Placement

Once the permanent veneers are complete, Dr. Banks will remove the temporary veneers. He will ensure your veneers are the correct shape and shade before he permanently places them on the teeth. Dr. Banks will polish your veneers for a natural sheen.

How to Care for Veneers

After you receive your veneers, you may notice that it will take time to get accustomed to the feel of the restorations on your teeth. However, there isn’t much downtime with veneers; you can quickly return to everyday life.

We typically recommend that you avoid foods and drinks that can stain, including coffee, berries, and tea. While veneers are stain-resistant, they can still discolor over time. In addition, do not chew on ice, use your teeth as tools, or bite your nails with your veneers. 

You can clean your veneers just like natural teeth. Floss between your veneers and gently brush them with non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.

With the proper care, porcelain veneers can last ten or more years. If you already have old or damaged veneers, we can provide veneer replacements for you.

How Much Are Veneers?

The cost of veneers will depend on the type of veneers and the number of veneers. A full set of veneers consists of eight veneers.

No-prep veneers cost less than veneers that require preparation. However, these veneers will not last as long. Veneer cost often depends on the quality of the material. We will provide an estimate of your treatment cost after we provide a full examination. 

Get Veneers Today

Do you want a brighter and straighter smile? Contact Dupont Dental for veneer treatment today at (202) 946-4720. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Banks online. Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have questions about your dental care. We’re here to help you meet your goals.