Dental flaws such as gaps, stains, and chips can have a major impact on your smile.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide imperfections.
Serving the greater Harrisonburg, VA, area, the team at Smiles for Life can improve the appearance of your smile with porcelain veneers.
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Find Out If You're a Candidate
The only way to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you is to schedule a consultation at our dental practice. During your appointment, our dentists will check the health of your teeth and gums to determine if you are in good dental health and have sufficient tooth enamel. We will also discuss all of your potential treatment options so you can choose the one that best meets your unique needs and budget.
We serve patients from throughout the greater Harrisonburg, VA, area, from the convenience of our Staunton and Bridgewater offices. Contact our dentists online to ask a question or request a consultation. You can also reach us by phone: (540) 828-2312
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Financing Is Available
Did you know that you can break up the total cost of veneers into affordable monthly payments? We accept financing through Compassionate Finance™, CareCredit®, iCare, and LendingClub® so you can find a plan that works for you.
Some cosmetic concerns can be treated with minimal adjustments to the natural teeth...
Minimum-prep veneers are much thinner than traditional types, so they can be placed with little or no reshaping of the treated tooth. Despite their thin size, they are still highly durable. Like traditional veneers, minimum-prep veneers will be created at our trusted partner lab in order to achieve the most natural-looking results possible. However, minimum-prep veneers cannot address all of the same concerns as traditional types. Patients from the greater Harrisonburg area can schedule a personal consultation so we can review the unique benefits of each type and determine which option is right for you.
Enamel StrengthWe need to remove a small layer of surface enamel before we can place a dental veneer. Therefore, your tooth needs to have enough healthy structure, or else the shells will lack the proper support. If you have thin tooth enamel, we may recommend an alternative procedure like dental crowns that conceal flaws and provide structural support.
If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), you may not be the best candidate for veneers. Patients with bruxism can wear down the porcelain shells, damaging the results and weakening their teeth. You can still get veneers if your condition is mild. Wearing a mouthguard at night can also help prevent excessive wear.
Dental veneers permanently alter your natural tooth structure, so treatment is a life-long commitment. While the results can last for a decade or more, the shells will eventually need replacement. If you are not looking for a long-term commitment, you may be better suited for an alternative cosmetic treatment like dental bonding.
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How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Dental veneers are highly durable, and they can last for 15 years or more with proper care.
Maintaining Your Veneers
Brush and Floss
Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Gel toothpastes are typically a good choice for porcelain veneers. Floss daily. Good oral health will keep the veneers looking pristine, and prevent dental health issues and tooth discoloration.
Avoid Bad Dental Habits
Habits like biting on your fingernails, using your teeth as tools, and excessive clenching and grinding can damage your veneers or cause them to become detached.
See the Dentist Regularly
Visit the dentist every six months, as recommended by the American Dental Association, to have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined. During the appointment, we can also check the condition of the veneers.
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Alternative Cosmetic Procedures
Dental bonding is an affordable treatment designed to conceal minor aesthetic imperfections. In this procedure, we apply a tooth-colored composite resin directly to the surface of the enamel. The bonding is then carefully sculpted to match the shape and size of the natural tooth. While bonding treatment doesn't last as long as porcelain veneers, it can be a good option if you are looking to ease into cosmetic enhancement to see how you like the results.
While dental veneers can mask minor misalignment, orthodontic treatment is better for comprehensive corrections. Our Harrisonburg area practice offers Invisalign® clear aligners that discreetly reposition crooked teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays are removable, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods and enjoy life unaffected by treatment. Once you complete Invisalign treatment, the results are permanent, setting you up with a straighter, healthier smile for life.