The best part about choosing Valley Dental Health for your general dentistry needs is that there is no reason to find a new specialist if you need restorative or cosmetic dentistry services. Our team is led by dentists Ashley Izadi, DDS, and Roham Rafat, DDS, MS. Each has specialized training in all areas of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry.
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments offered in our dental office is dental veneers. We offer several types, including porcelain veneers in Cockeysville, MD. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat will evaluate your condition, explain all your options and help you make the best choice for your cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Are Dental Veneers Right for You?
Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat use veneers to correct a wide range of dental concerns and cosmetic dentistry problems. We can use a single veneer to correct minor issues or several tooth veneers for a dramatic smile makeover. Some of the common reasons for using dental veneers include:
- Repair broken or chipped teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Achieve a straighter, more symmetrical smile
- Cover deeply stained or discolored teeth
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, today’s patients have a wide variety of treatment options that can address just about any cosmetic or dental health concern.
We apply dental veneers directly to the surface of the teeth, requiring varying degrees of tooth preparation for each type of veneer. At Valley Dental Health, Dr. Rafat and Dr. Izadi place all types of dental veneers, making a recommendation based on the dental health and cosmetic goals of the patient.
Types of Dental Veneers at Valley Dental Health
A cosmetic dentist has many choices when choosing a material for dental veneers. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat may choose from the following:
Composite Resin Veneers
Also known as cosmetic bonding, composite resin veneers are a type of “direct restoration” veneer. This type of veneer is often temporary and corrects a minor imperfection in a tooth.
The cosmetic dentist will apply a tooth-colored, biocompatible material directly to the tooth and sculpt it into shape. Composite resin veneers require very little tooth preparation. Though they are not permanent, they can be very long-lasting with proper care and maintenance.
Lumineers™ are a specific brand of dental veneers that are very thin and translucent yet very durable. They are designed to be minimally invasive because they require little to no preparation of the tooth. In some cases, the tooth can remain fully intact and the patient will not need any anesthetic for treatment. Dentists can remove Lumineers to make room for more permanent restorations.
This type of dental veneer can correct many types of dental problems like stains, discoloration, chipping, and gaps between teeth. They allow for a more natural appearance since the natural tooth color can show through. Lumineers are very resistant to stains and will not discolor over time. However they are not for everyone. Our dentist can help you decide if they are right for you.
Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent shells made out of medical grade ceramic that is designed to look like natural teeth. They are a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment because they can improve the color, shape, size, and length of a tooth. They are ideal for patients looking for a natural looking, long lasting smile.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory and permanently bonded to the front of the teeth. They are considered a permanent dental restoration since we will remove a small amount of the tooth surface to apply them.
They are stain resistant and can withstand daily wear and tear well. You will take care of them just like your natural teeth. With proper care and maintenance, your teeth veneers can last up to 15 years. The downside is they are an expensive cosmetic dentistry option and may require some maintenance over time.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Porcelain veneers are a great option to makeover your smile. Learn more about them by reading through these questions and answers.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on the material used, the number of porcelain veneers placed, and the specific condition of the patient. Before treatment, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the porcelain veneer cost. We offer convenient payment options, including interest-free financing through CareCredit Healthcare financing for qualified patients.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Our cosmetic dentists design porcelain veneers so that they are long-lasting. Ensuring a long-lasting result requires significant planning on the part of cosmetic dentists to address any underlying problems with the balance and stability of the bite.
You can make sure that your porcelain veneers last for many years by adopting a healthy lifestyle, including practicing daily oral hygiene routines and visiting the dentist on a regular schedule for professional cleaning and examination.
Is it painful to get porcelain veneers?
Patients often worry about the pain associated with porcelain veneers. In order to prepare the teeth for porcelain veneers, our dentists must remove a small amount of tooth enamel. We take steps to ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with porcelain veneers is comfortable and relaxed.
It is common for patients to experience some mild sensitivity immediately following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 to 3 days of treatment.
Can dental veneers fix chipped teeth?
Yes. Porcelain veneers are a good treatment option to permanently treat a chipped tooth. This dental restoration will cover up the chip in the tooth and make it look completely natural. Unlike dental bonding, dental veneers are permanent and can last a lifetime. However, every case is different. It is best to consult with your dentist first.
Do dental veneers ruin your teeth?
No. Porcelain veneers are a type of shield for your teeth. They are durable enough to protect teeth from decay and cavities. They can help serve as a defense against tooth stains as well. They do require that a small amount of enamel to be removed from the tooth’s surface to ensure a proper fit. However, is it minimal and should not damage your teeth Overall, they are a safe way to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.
What is the recovery like after the dental veneers treatment?
After the dentist places the dental veneers and you leave your appointment, you should be fine. Most people do not need any downtime and go straight back to their daily activities.
However, you may notice that your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures at first. You may also be a little sore. However, these side effects should be minimal. If you need to, you can take some over the counter pain mediation for comfort.
Valley Dental Health can use porcelain veneers in Hunt Valley, MD to transform the appearance of your teeth. If you are interested in learning more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment, schedule a consultation with one of our expert dentists. You can reach our office at 410.803.5587 or schedule a dental appointment online on our website.