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Veneers – Aspen Hill, MD

The One-Stop-Shop for Dental Cosmetic Imperfections

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Whether you suffer from damaged, discolored, or misshapen teeth, porcelain veneers in Aspen Hill can help you achieve a beautiful smile that you can feel proud to let show. They’re unique, custom-crafted restorations that are extremely versatile when it comes to concealing dental imperfections, making them a popular choice among patients who want noticeable and remarkable results. For questions or to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Aspen Hill to learn more, contact our office today.

Why Choose Dental Center of Aspen Hill For Porcelain Veneers?

  • Stain-Resistant Dental Porcelain
  • Versatile Cosmetic Treatment
  • Customized to Fit Your Unique Needs

What are Porcelain Veneers?

up-close shot of porcelain veneers in Aspen Hill being placed on teeth

Veneers are custom-crafted shells that are made to fit over the surface of your teeth to conceal several flaws. They’re made for each of your unique teeth and crafted from durable dental porcelain to withstand daily use. Once cemented over your natural teeth, they act to alter the shape, size, and color of them, providing a harmonious-looking grin that’s aligned and damage-free. With daily maintenance and routine care, they can last for over a decade.

Solve a Variety of Cosmetic Problems

a cosmetic dentist explaining the porcelain veneers process to a patient

Porcelain veneers are able to make your smile camera-ready by fixing several different imperfections, including:

  • Chipped and cracked teeth
  • Severe dental discoloration
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that look shorter
  • Minor misalignment issues

The Porcelain Veneers Process

a smiling person after porcelain veneer placement

The porcelain veneers procedure typically takes place over the course of two to three appointments. Once you’ve decided that this cosmetic treatment is the right fit for you, we’ll begin by preparing your teeth for the veneers. This involves us removing a small layer of your enamel to compensate for the thickness of the veneers, allowing them to lay flush with your natural teeth. Afterward, we’ll capture digital impressions of the teeth you’d like repaired and send them to our dental laboratory to craft your veneers. Before you leave, we’ll place temporary ones over your prepared teeth.

As soon as your permanent veneers arrive at our office, we’ll call you in to finish the process. After making sure that they fit perfectly and match the color of your natural enamel, we’ll remove your temporary restorations and cement the permanent ones on your prepared teeth. Once we’re done, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful and uniform smile.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

When it comes to dental work, you tend to get what you pay for. Veneers are no exception to this rule. The cost of veneers in Aspen Hill is often higher than that of other cosmetic dental treatments, but you have to keep in mind the investment you’re making in your smile. Confidence in your pearly whites can open doors for you in your social life as well as your professional life. That said, it’s important to choose the right cosmetic service for your unique smile. Read on to learn more about the price of veneers.

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Cost vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: Are Veneers Right for Me?

There is a multitude of ways that your cosmetic dentist in Aspen Hill can improve your smile, each of which comes with a different cost. They’re all designed to provide varying results based on the specific smile flaws you’re interested in correcting. Some of these services include:

  • Braces – Braces are incredibly effective at straightening crooked teeth and fixing bite problems, but they can be expensive, costing between $5,000 and $6,000 on average. Treatment also takes at least a year, and it cannot alter the color or shape of your teeth.
  • Teeth whitening – One of the most affordable cosmetic dental services, teeth whitening can dramatically brighten your smile after just one appointment. However, it won’t fix problems with tooth shape or position.
  • Dental bondingBonding is typically the least expensive cosmetic treatment, and it can correct chips, stains, or gaps in a single appointment. That said, bonding generally only works for minor aesthetic flaws, and the procedure will have to be redone every few years.
  • Veneers – While veneers in Aspen Hill are not exactly cheap, this treatment is the easiest and most comprehensive way to give your smile a complete overhaul. By covering up the entire front-facing surfaces of your teeth, they’re able to conceal numerous dental imperfections at the same time. The procedure also only takes two appointments over the course of a few weeks. Lastly, veneers should last for at least 10 or 15 years – possibly even 20 if you take good care of your oral health – making them a wise investment!

How to Make Veneers Affordable

In most cases, veneers are not covered by dental insurance, but there are some ways to comfortably fit the cost of your treatment into your budget. For one, we can help you break up your cost into affordable monthly payments via CareCredit. Most of the plans offered by this third-party financing company come with very low (if any) interest rates.

If you’re looking to save on more than just veneers, you might benefit from signing up for our in-house Membership Club. For a low activation fee and a flat monthly rate, you can receive all of the preventive care that insurance normally covers, plus discounts on services they don’t (like veneers). Plus, you won’t have to worry about deductibles, annual maximums, or waiting periods. Just sign up and start saving!

Veneers FAQs

Learning all about the process of getting veneers, how they work, and the benefits they come with is an important first step in determining if this cosmetic dentistry solution is right for you. With that being said, it is completely natural to still have a few questions on your mind you’d like answered before committing to treatment. Since many of our patients prefer to do their research online, we’ve taken the time to respond to a few of the most frequently asked questions below. Of course, if you would prefer to speak directly with our team, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Who Is a Candidate for Veneers?

If you are struggling to smile confidently due to stained, cracked, chipped, or otherwise imperfect teeth, then veneers may be the smile-transforming treatment you’ve been looking for. Whether you are looking to address one tooth or undergo a complete smile makeover, priority number one is to schedule an initial consultation with our team. During this appointment, we will complete a thorough dental exam to confirm that your oral health is in good condition. If it isn’t, then we will begin your journey to your dream smile with the appropriate restorative care. Either way, we will help you get the smile you’ve always wanted while preserving the health of your teeth and gums.

How Do I Care for My Veneers?

Caring for your veneers is an essential component of prolonging their lifespan. With this in mind, it is of the utmost importance that poor dental habits, like using tobacco products and chewing on ice, are avoided altogether. Another important step in protecting your new and improved smile is implementing a solid oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Next, make sure to visit our team every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning. Cutting back on your sugar intake and sticking to a vitamin-rich diet can also help by keeping your teeth and gums healthy from the inside-out.

Are Veneers Covered by Dental Insurance?

Since veneers aren’t considered medically necessary, they typically aren’t covered by insurance. However, since the fine print on dental plans varies from patient to patient, it is always a good idea to double-check! We are in-network with many of the nation’s leading providers, so we would be more than happy to assist with the process. Otherwise, ask us about our in-house membership plan or third-party financing to make the cost of your treatment more affordable.

What Happens If One of My Veneers Comes Off?

Although rare, it is possible for one of your veneers to come off. If this scenario arises, do not attempt to remedy the situation on your own with an at-home solution, like super glue. Not only can this wreak havoc on your overall and oral health, but it can make it even more difficult to repair your smile. Instead, preserve your veneer in a plastic bag and contact our team right away. From there, we can walk you through the next best steps and schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?

Technically, veneers should let you eat as you please. They’re both durable and stain-resistant. Still, some foods can put the shells at risk.

First, note that temporary veneers are more fragile than permanent ones. They can stain more easily and chip from forceful biting. As such, it’s best to avoid hard and dark-colored foods while wearing them. Examples of the former category include ice, raw fruits and veggies, or hard candies. Meanwhile, instances of the latter group are coffee, tea, and red wine.

Even with permanent veneers, some meals require great caution. Sticky items could pull the shells off your teeth. Alternatively, crunchy foods or dark drinks could ruin veneers’ looks.

How Many Veneers Will I Need?

Veneers’ goal is to have all your visible teeth match. That being the case, you’ll receive the number needed to reach that standard.

Of course, this final tally can vary from patient to patient. Many people need 6-8 veneers to create a pretty, symmetrical smile. Others, though, may require 10-12 of them. There are even cases where you get a single veneer to cover a cracked tooth.

To confirm your veneer numbers, talk to your local dentist. They’ll make an informed suggestion based on your oral needs.

Can Veneers Be Used for Bite Corrections?

Veneers can treat specific bite problems. That said, remember that they don’t change the position of your teeth or jaw. As a result, their effectiveness will depend on your problem’s severity.

For example, imagine that you have a mild open bite. Veneer treatment could make your teeth look longer and wider. By doing so, it’d ensure your smile appears to line up correctly.

All that said, there are restrictions on using veneers for a bite issue. A dentist only suggests this option if veneers don’t cause major oral health problems. Also, you shouldn’t have the shells placed before or during an orthodontic procedure.

Do Veneers Change Your Face?

As a matter of fact, yes – veneers do change your face. Fortunately, the change in question is a good one!

You see, aging causes your mouth to lose elasticity and muscle tone. These losses can then make your cheeks start to sag. However, veneers offer extra support for the mouth’s musculature. They’d thus help accentuate your cheekbones. To that extent, they’d provide the perks of a facelift without surgery.

For details on how veneers would change your face, talk to your dentist. They’ll explain how the shells might impact your looks.