Are you self-conscious about your chipped or cracked teeth? Do you have severe staining on one or more teeth?
Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano III, DDS offers porcelain veneers in Washington, D.C. As a cosmetic dental solution, porcelain veneers are used to correct teeth that are crooked, discolored, misshapen, broken, chipped, and cracked. Dr. Catanzano has dental expertise in restorative and cosmetic dentistry and understands how important the appearance of teeth can be.
The treatment options that Dr. Catanzano and his team offer not only offer a natural look but a healthier end result. Learn more about dental veneers and their benefits below. If you would like to explore how porcelain veneers could address your unique concerns schedule a visit to our Washington, DC dentist office.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers in Washington, D.C.
Receiving porcelain veneers benefits patients in many ways. Dental veneers:
- Are resistant to staining
- Require less preparation than other cosmetic or restorative treatments
- Are color-matched to blend seamlessly with natural teeth
- Require no special maintenance
- Offer a long-lasting, natural-looking solution to many cosmetic concerns
Because dental veneers are durable, they are a great permanent cosmetic solution that improves the form and function of the teeth and gums. Call 202-315-2188 today if you have damaged or severely stained teeth. The team at Foxhall Smiles will help you get the dental restoration you want and need.
The Uses of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic option because of their versatility. They can treat just about any cosmetic issue you have with your teeth. Professional teeth whitening is usually the top choice to treat tooth discoloration. But not all discoloration responds to these methods. We can color match porcelain veneers to whatever shade of white you desire. They cover the front and sides of your teeth so that the discolored tooth is hidden from view.
As we age, our teeth age too. They’re a part of our body that we use every day, so it’s natural that they wear down over time. They’re also likely to get cosmetic chips and cracks throughout the years. Porcelain veneers are ideal to take years of age off of your teeth. You can get a younger smile, covering these imperfections. The material used to craft them is durable, so it can withstand the happenings of everyday life.
If you have mildly crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth that don’t require orthodontic intervention, porcelain veneers can treat this as well. A lab makes every veneer custom based on impressions of your teeth. They craft the exact size and shape you need so that it can close gaps in your teeth while still giving you the look of a natural smile.
Treatment with Porcelain Veneers
Prior to treatment, Dr. Catanzano will examine your teeth and gums to see if there are any issues that need to be addressed. In order to create a proper bonding surface for the veneers, Dr. Catanzano will remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth. He will take impressions of your teeth and send the specifications of the materials and color chosen for your veneers to a dental lab.
When the veneers are complete, the surface of your teeth will be cleaned. Each veneer will be bonded onto the affected teeth. Once completed, we will check your bite and make any final adjustments.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Learn the answers to common questions many patients may have about porcelain veneers:
Are porcelain veneers painful?
Generally speaking, no. The process itself should be pain-free. Some patients with sensitive teeth could experience some level of discomfort but not very serious pain. Before the procedure, the dentist will numb the area so that you will not feel discomfort.
Do porcelain veneers get cavities?
No. The porcelain veneers themselves do not get cavities. Your teeth should not rot under the veneer. If your dentist did not properly install the porcelain veneers, then your teeth could get cavities. But this is very rare.
Do you still need retainers after dental veneers?
Yes. Dental veneers will not stop your teeth from moving and shifting out of place. You should continue to wear your retainers and follow their instructions.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are not permanent. They can last up to 10-12 years. The life span will depend on how well you take care of them. However, when you get veneers, you’ll have to have a restoration on those teeth for the rest of your life. Because some tooth structure is removed, a restoration will need to be on it to protect the inner layers of that tooth.
Can porcelain veneers get stained?
No. There are no porcelain veneers that stain. Porcelain veneers are highly stained resistant, unlike our regular teeth. Furthermore, porcelain veneers don’t absorb coffee, wine, and other stain-causing drinks.
Schedule a Porcelain Veneers Consultation
Get the smile of your dreams with porcelain veneers. You can call Foxhall Smiles to schedule a consultation at 202-315-2188. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Catanzano on our website. Our professional dental staff is happy to assist patients with their dental needs.