If you have teeth that have only suffered minor damage, or if you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile, you might consider dental veneers. However, if you have severely weak or broken teeth, it is important to visit your dentist to determine which restoration is best for you.
If you have minor damage to teeth including stains or discolorations, dental veneers provide wonderful benefits. Veneers, also known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin shells designed to cap the fronts of teeth to provide an aesthetically pleasing look and add an extra layer of protection. However, they only cover up the fronts of teeth, so the rest of the tooth will still be vulnerable to tooth decay. You will need to continue to brush and floss your teeth to maintain your veneers, along with your smile. Veneers can be stained and damaged, and the cement can wear away. If you experience problems with your veneers, contact your dentist right away. With proper care, a veneer can last ten years.
For more information concerning dental veneers or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Lee and the rest of our team, please contact us at our office in Fairfax, Virginia, by calling 703-352-9600. Dr. Paul Lee looks forward to helping you to enjoy your smile again.