Cosmetic Dentistry

Invisalign: A Complete Guide

Invisalign uses a proven system of clear, plastic aligners that are virtually invisible to gradually move crooked or otherwise misaligned teeth into the proper position. Since its addition to the field of cosmetic dentistry, it has becmoe a popular alternative to conventional braces for many patients. 

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size or length.

What Type of Problems Do Porcelain Veneers Correct?

  • Teeth that are discolored -- either because of root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped
  • Teeth with gaps between them 

Porcelain veneers are stronger and more durable than composite resin veneers and last 10 to 15 years, while composite resin veneers last between five and seven years. Porcelain veneers also resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. As you might assume, porcelain veneers cost significantly more than composite veneers. 

Talk to your dentist at Springfield Complete Dentistry about whether porcelain veneers are right for you. Call us at 703-354-8811.

Smile Makeovers

A smile makeover is a process of improving the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as:

  • Dental veneers
  • Composite bonding
  • Implants
  • Teeth whitening

Some of the components taken into consideration include your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations.

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Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom made to fit over teeth, providing a natural, attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth. They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth's original enamel during a series of in-office procedures:

  1. The dentist will clean the tooth and determine the correct shade for the veneer. 

  2. An impression will be made for the laboratory and a temporary veneer will be placed on the tooth 

  3. After the laboratory has delivered the veneer to your dentist, the temporary veneer is removed and the tooth is cleaned. The veneer is then etched (coated with a protective layer), rinsed thoroughly with water and air dried. The adhesive is placed on the preparation, and then the cement, and the veneer is placed for exact fit and contour.

  4. The veneer is then light cured for 60 seconds on all surfaces of it to attach it to the tooth structure.

  5. Your dentist will remove any excess material and polish the margins of the veneer.

Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces. But they're an irreversible treatment, so having them placed is a big decision. Call Springfield Complete Dentistry at 703-354-8811 for a consultation with our dentist to see if veneers are right for you.