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Porcelain Veneers – Annapolis, MD

Achieve the Beautiful Smile You Deserve

Close up woman smiling after porcelain veneer placement

Do you feel like your smile leaves something to be desired? Maybe a few of your teeth have chips or cracks, or they’re just crooked enough to leave you feeling blue about your grin. That’s where porcelain veneers in Annapolis, MD come in. These ultra-thin restorations are placed over your teeth to conceal flaws and help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve. If you’re interested in having a smile that truly shines, contact us to schedule a consultation to see if porcelain veneers are right for you.

Why Choose Dr. Neil W. Vanik for Porcelain Veneers?

  • Correct Multiple Imperfections at Once
  • Experienced and Caring Dentist
  • Beautiful Smile Can Last for Years to Come

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Animated porcelain veneer placement

Veneers are wafer-thin restorations made of durable dental porcelain. They are bonded to the front-facing surfaces of your teeth to mask all sorts of cosmetic imperfections, from chips to gaps to severe discoloration. No matter what problem you may have with your smile, porcelain veneers can most likely solve it. Once they have been attached to your teeth, you can expect your gorgeous new grin to last for years to come.

Process for Getting Porcelain Veneers

Woman with gap between front teeth prior to porcelain veneer placement

Getting porcelain veneers typically takes two appointments, after the initial consultation to determine whether they are the ideal treatment for you. First, Dr. Vanik will prep your teeth by removing a trace amount of enamel, or the outside layer of your teeth. Don’t worry, only the smallest amount possible will be removed. This is done to ensure that the veneers lay flat against your teeth and don’t bulge out in unsightly ways.

Then, Dr. Vanik will take impressions of your prepped teeth and send those off to the lab, where your new smile will be expertly crafted. Next, he will place temporary veneers to protect your teeth and allow you to get used to the way they will feel in your mouth. You’ll simply wear these for a couple of weeks until your permanent veneers are ready. Return to our dental office then and Dr. Vanik will fix you with your amazing new smile.  

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Couple on the beach smiling after porcelain veneer placement

Porcelain veneers are one of the most natural-looking restorations that modern cosmetic dentistry has to offer. Dr. Vanik can customize their shape, size, and color to make sure they seamlessly blend in with your smile while simultaneously improving it. Not only do they look completely natural, but they’ll also feel like part of your smile as well. Unless you’re looking in the mirror at your beautiful grin, you might even forget you got veneers!

They’re also incredibly durable, even more so than natural tooth enamel. In addition, they’re highly resistant to staining. Even if a love of coffee, tea, wine, or tobacco yellowed your natural teeth, it will take significantly longer for those habits to damaged teeth protected by veneers. If you take proper care of your veneers, they can last more than a decade before they need to be replaced.

How to Maintain Your Porcelain Veneers

Taking care of your veneers is actually not that different from caring for your natural teeth. Make sure to brush every day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, as well as clean between your teeth with floss every day. Additionally, attend your regular checkups with Dr. Vanik every six months to make sure your veneers are in good shape and get a professional cleaning to keep them shining bright.

Even though veneers are highly durable, they’re not indestructible. You should still wear a mouthguard during sports and other physical activities to prevent your veneers from getting chipped or dislodged from your teeth. If you think you grind your teeth at night, ask Dr. Vanik about getting a nightguard to prevent your teeth from making harmful contact while you sleep. Grinding your teeth can subtly wear away at your enamel, as well as the material of your veneers.

Veneer FAQs

If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, porcelain veneers can give you the smile of your dreams; however, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to the procedure. We understand veneers are a big investment, which is why we will explain everything during your initial consultation. To help ease your apprehensions until your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about the treatment.

How many veneers will I need?

A veneer can be applied to a single tooth, but the overall goal is to improve the appearance of all your visible teeth. As a result, we often recommend bonding them to the front 6, 8, or 12 teeth. It creates a more symmetrical smile and a seamless transition between your veneers and enamel. We’ll examine your teeth and discuss the results you want to achieve to determine how many veneers will be necessary for your treatment plan.

Are veneers permanent?

Veneers are not considered permanent because they need to be replaced about every 10 years; however, the procedure isn’t reversible. A small amount of enamel will need to be removed during the bonding process to ensure the veneers sit flush on your teeth. Since your enamel won’t grow back, you can’t reverse the treatment. Your teeth will always need to be covered with veneers or crowns. We’ll ensure you understand the commitment you’ll be making to feel confident veneers are the right choice for you.

Do veneers feel natural?

Modern veneers are thinner than ever. As a result, many patients report they feel completely natural. In time, they don’t even notice them when talking or eating. We use a careful process to promote the ideal fit using an impression of your mouth. The dental lab will craft your veneers to meet your exact specifications to prevent any irritation of your soft tissues. After your permanent veneers are bonded to your teeth, they will be smooth and won’t feel bulky.

Can I whiten veneers?

Most veneers are made of porcelain, which means they are stain-resistant. Unfortunately, your underlying teeth are still susceptible to staining. Daily wear and tear can also cause your veneers to lose their luster. Although whitening treatments can affect your natural teeth, they will not lighten your veneers. If you use a whitening treatment with your veneers in place, it can cause the tone of your smile to become uneven. We recommend patients who are choosing teeth whitening and veneers have their whitening treatment first to ensure the veneers match the color of their teeth.

Can I still drink coffee with veneers?

Porcelain is nonporous, so the dark pigments from food and drinks will rarely slip below the surface. You can drink coffee without staining your veneers; however, your underlying teeth can still become discolored. It’s best to drink coffee and any dark beverages in moderation. If you can’t skip your morning cup of coffee, drink rinse your mouth with water after you’ve finished.