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By Mapledale Family Dentistry, PC
November 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Porcelain VeneerRestoring your smile is an exciting, sometimes life-changing process, and with dental veneers, your teeth can experience a total upgrade in only a few procedures! Find out more about dental veneers and what they can do for you by reading below, and contact Mapledale Family Dentistry in Woodbridge, VA, if you are interested in veneers.

What is a dental veneer? 
A dental veneer is a very thin shell of porcelain which fits over a tooth to transform its appearance. Porcelain’s natural look and light-reflecting abilities allow veneers to blend in seamlessly with your smile to change the length, width, shape, and color of your teeth. The application process also only takes a few appointments to complete, and it involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the teeth before taking an impression of the mouth which will then be used to create the veneers' design. A dental laboratory then takes about two weeks to create the new veneers, meaning you will have a dental appointment before and after this time.

Are dental veneers permanent? 
Dental veneers can last upwards of 15 years before requiring replacement. However, like natural teeth, porcelain restorations are not indestructible. Veneers can crack and chip just like your real teeth, meaning that you may run into a situation where one or more veneers needs to be replaced or repaired. Following good oral hygiene habits, avoiding hard foods, wearing teeth protection while playing sports, and, if necessary, treating bruxism (teeth grinding) can all help avoid running into issues with your veneers.

Interested? Give us a call!
If you think you that you could benefit from dental veneers, contact Mapledale Family Dentistry in Woodbridge, VA, to ensure that it is the best cosmetic dental solution for your smile. After all, the best way to determine if veneers are a good option is to consult with your dentist at an examination and cleaning.

For more information on dental veneers, call our Woodbridge office at (703) 580-9900 to schedule a consultation!

By Mapledale Family Dentistry, PC
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.