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Porcelain Veneers Horizon Family Dental Care

Do you have damaged or discolored teeth? Are you looking for a cosmetic dental treatment to enhance your smile?

Try porcelain veneers at our Baltimore dental office and Southern MD dental offices in La Plata, Clinton, and Hanover. Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain ceramic that can cover the front of teeth. A veneer is a are great cosmetic option for patients with stains or injuries on their natural tooth. Our dental team ensures that veneers blend in with the look of the natural smile and do not feel uncomfortable or bulky in the mouth. Working with patients as individuals, our team helps create seamless cosmetic results for patients’ smiles.

Porcelain Veneers in Baltimore, Maryland

Treatment with Porcelain Veneers

We will begin treatment with veneers by preparing the teeth. To ensure that the veneers conform to the teeth, we remove a small portion of the tooth enamel. Preparing the teeth does not damage them or change the tooth structure in any major way. Etching the enamel only makes it easier for veneers to fit properly. Then, we take impressions of the teeth receiving the veneers. A dental lab creates the veneers using these impressions. Once complete, we check the shade and position of the veneers. Finally, we clean the teeth and then use dental bonding material to bond the veneers to the tooth’s surface.

To extend the life of your dental veneers, they require proper care. Immediately following your treatment, stay away from tobacco products and foods and beverages that can stain, including coffee, tea, berries, and tomato based products. We also advise that you eat soft foods several days after you receive your veneers.

Porcelain Veneer FAQs

Read answers to common questions that many patients may have about dental veneers here:

How long do dental veneers last?

Porcelain veneers are permanent cosmetic treatments that last for many years with the right care. The porcelain ceramic is durable and stain-resistant. Continuing to schedule routine appointments as well as brushing and flossing twice a day will increase the lifespan of your dental veneers.

Can you whiten porcelain veneers?

No, we cannot whiten porcelain veneers. Dental veneers are made of a porcelain ceramic material meant to brighten the smile, but they can eventually discolor after many years. If you have old and dull veneers, we can replace them with new ones for you.

Do dental veneers damage the tooth enamel?

No, porcelain veneers do not damage the natural teeth underneath them. We prepare the teeth for veneers by removing a small bit off of the top layer of enamel. However, this does not damage the teeth. Dental veneers are known as a permanent option, but they are also replaceable if damaged. Removing the veneers will also not impact the teeth underneath.

Are porcelain veneers strong?

Veneers made of porcelain are exceptionally strong. However,  because porcelain is a glass, it can break under very intense pressure. It is recommended to refrain from chewing hard nuts, candy apples, popcorn, and ice with veneers. While porcelain veneers are incredibly durable, they are not indestructible.

Can veneers be removed?

Veneers can be removed with some degree of tooth preservation, but there shouldn’t be any justification for doing this. Your veneers shouldn’t need to be taken out anytime soon as long as they were made of high-quality materials and fitted correctly.

Can veneers get cavities?

Porcelain veneers cannot develop cavities on their own. However, the teeth they are attached to are still vulnerable to decay, therefore it is crucial that you continue to practice good oral hygiene after you get veneers. We recommend scheduling cleanings to ensure that you are brushing well and there are no signs of decay.

Request a Dental Consultation

Are you looking for a long-lasting cosmetic option for dental injuries and tooth stains? Ask us about cosmetic dental treatment with porcelain veneers. Schedule a dental appointment with our team online. Let us know if you have any remaining questions about dental veneers or any of your other cosmetic dental options. We will be happy to assist you.