Porcelain veneers can transform your smile. Veneers are porcelain shells that fit over the front of teeth. They can address one or more teeth in the smile line or the teeth that show when you smile. Dental veneers can address deep tooth stains, small gaps between teeth, uneven teeth, and slightly crooked teeth. Dr. Walter Mazzella provides custom-made porcelain veneers for his Ellicott City, MD, patients to help them improve the aesthetics of their smiles. His dental office is in Woodstock, MD, conveniently located near Ellicott City.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
We will customize your veneers to ensure they look and feel as natural as possible. To prepare your teeth, we will remove a small amount of tooth enamel from the teeth being treated. This will create a proper bonding surface for the porcelain veneers. We will color-match your dental veneers to create a seamless look, whether you’re receiving a single veneer or veneers to cover all teeth in your smile line.
Then, we take digital impressions of your teeth and send them to a local lab, where technicians ensure that the veneers will fit seamlessly. We may also apply temporary veneers to protect the prepared teeth while the veneers are crafted in a dental lab. At your next visit to our office, we will remove any temporary veneers, clean your teeth, and then bond the permanent veneers. We will check your bite and make final adjustments to ensure the veneers feel comfortable.
Natural-Looking Porcelain Materials
Dental veneers made of porcelain differ from other veneers because they are durable and natural-looking materials. Porcelain is a material that easily reflects light, just like natural teeth. We also ensure that porcelain veneers are color-matched to the natural tooth enamel. If patients have single veneers, we will match the veneer to their adjacent teeth. Patients with multiple consecutive veneers will receive a consistent look with veneers with the same shade. Porcelain is also more durable and longer-lasting than other veneer materials and less prone to cracking or breaking.
Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers
Many patients interested in dental veneers have questions about their treatment:
Can I whiten dental veneers?
Dental veneers can address deep tooth stains and discoloration that do not respond to teeth whitening treatment. Veneers themselves will not react to whitening treatment. We recommend replacement veneers if you have old or discolored dental veneers.
Do veneers damage natural teeth?
We remove a portion of the natural enamel to prepare teeth for veneers. Some patients may think we will file their teeth down to nubs, but we will only etch a portion of the enamel to ensure the veneers properly conform to the teeth. Patients who want to cover their teeth permanently benefit from veneers because this preparation is irreversible.
Should I receive composite or porcelain veneers?
Composite and porcelain veneers are some of the most common types of veneers. While composite resin veneers require less tooth preparation, they often do not last as long as porcelain veneers. Composite resin may also not look as natural as porcelain. Porcelain veneers are best for patients who want more extensive, longer-lasting coverage. Veneers made of porcelain materials reflect light like natural teeth.
How many dental veneers do I need?
The number of veneers you need will depend on the extent of your needs. Some patients may only need a single dental veneer if they have only one damaged tooth. Four to eight or more veneers are common to cover multiple teeth in the smile line. For patients who want a complete smile makeover, we may recommend veneers on the top and bottom teeth in the smile line.
Book a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers in Ellicott City, MD
Do you want to completely makeover your smile? Ask us about porcelain veneers. Call Dr. Mazzella today (410) 559-9951. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Mazzella online. If you have any questions about veneers or your candidacy for treatment, please ask us, and we will be happy to assist you.