Porcelain veneers are a fabulous way to repair dental flaws and achieve an attractive smile. Whether your teeth are stained, oddly shaped or chipped, cracked and gapped, veneers can upgrade your appearance and your self-image, too. Dr. Ron Kondoff uses veneers to enhance smiles in his Virginia Beach, VA office, customizing looks sure to please both patient and observer alike.
Porcelain veneers and you
Teeth grinding, heredity, smoking, accidents and more impact the size, shape, color and alignment of our smiles. And, don't forget what aging can do--wearing enamel and dulling its once bright sheen.
However, if your teeth and gums are mostly healthy, you could qualify for a porcelain veneers in Virginia Beach, tooth-shaped ceramic covers which disguise dental defects permanently and realistically. You and Dr. Kondoff will discuss how you want your smile to improve, and then, he'll inspect, X-ray and photograph your teeth to determine if veneers are the right option for you. If they are, you'll come to the office for an additional two visits for teeth preparation and placement of your new veneers.
Dr. Kondoff removes some enamel--about 1/2 millimeter--from the front of each tooth which will receive a veneer. This reduction allows for proper fit and bite. Also, the dentist takes oral impressions to send to an outside dental lab where a skilled technician individually sculpts each veneer.
The technician uses the photos to help create the proper size and color. Veneers are translucent, and with the addition of the bonding cement, the results will be amazingly natural and will blend with the rest of your smile.
At the last appointment, Dr. Kondoff will take your temporary veneers off and cement on the new ones. He cures the cement with a dental light to ensure the veneers adhere well to your tooth enamel. Plus, he takes care to fit them properly against your gums to avoid irritation.
That's it. You leave the office with an improved smile. Over the next week or so, you'll readily adjust to the new fit, feel and appearance of your teeth.
Caring for veneers
Do you brush twice a day and floss once a day as recommended by the American Dental Association? If you do, then you'll continue with the same good oral hygiene habits as you live with your new veneers.
If you tend to grind or clench your teeth, ask Dr. Kondoff about a custom-made bite guard to wear at night. Avoid abusing your veneers with caramel apples, peanut brittle, ice and other super-hard foods. And, of course, you should see Dr. Kondoff and his friendly team twice a year for a thorough cleaning and check-up. Veneers can last for ten years or more.
What a smile!
Wouldn't you like to hear that compliment? You will when you get stunning porcelain veneers from Dr. Ron Kondoff's office in Virginia Beach, VA. Call today to arrange your cosmetic dentistry consultation: (757) 493-8100.