If you dream of achieving a more balanced, symmetrical smile, consider treatment with veneers. At West End Dental in Downtown Washington, DC, Lauren Izadi, DDS, Edward Kim, MS, DDS, and the team use veneers made from advanced ceramics to help you achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
Veneers are custom-molded shells of ceramic attached to the front of your permanent teeth. It’s possible to get only one or two, but most people opt for six or eight. Veneers improve the appearance of the teeth at the front of your mouth. They make your smile appear symmetric and address stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening treatment.
The team at West End Dental uses veneers to address a variety of common issues, including:
You might also benefit from veneers if you have teeth that are smaller-than-average.
Getting veneers typically takes two separate appointments.
At your initial consultation, your West End Dental provider conducts a comprehensive oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and asks about your goals for treatment. Afterward, they take digital X-rays and develop a customized smile design to ensure you achieve the desired outcome.
Next, your provider prepares your teeth to receive veneers. The team administers a local anesthetic and removes a thin layer of enamel from each tooth, just one millimeter thick. Then high-quality molds of your teeth are taken and sent to a laboratory that manufactures your veneers.
A week or two later you return to West End Dental. At your second appointment, your provider administers a local anesthetic again and carefully bonds your veneers to your teeth. Treatment typically takes 60-90 minutes and you can return to normal activity like biting and chewing right away.
Veneers usually last an average of 12-15 years, but you can extend their lifespan by practicing good oral hygiene, visiting West End Dental every six months for preventive care, and wearing a mouth guard if necessary.
Avoid bad habits like nail-biting or chewing on ice. These practices can chip, crack, or otherwise damage your veneers before they’re worn out.
To learn more about the benefits of ceramic veneers, schedule an appointment at West End Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.