A quick way to make over your smile and hide chipped, crooked, decayed, or stained teeth is with porcelain veneers at Smiles of Chevy Chase. Dental veneers are thin shells made out of porcelain or other materials that can be bonded to the front of your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. Offering customized and minimal-prep veneers, experienced dentist Dr. Despina Markogiannakis can help improve the color, size, shape, and length of your teeth. Schedule an appointment at our Chevy Chase, MD dental office to learn more about porcelain veneers and decide if they are right for your needs.
Veneers can be used to quickly cover chips and stains on your enamel, improve misaligned or worn down teeth, and fix teeth that are abnormally shaped or spaced. At Smiles of Chevy Chase, your veneers will be custom made to fit comfortably over your teeth for an attractive and natural look. During your consultation, Dr. Marko will listen to your goals and expectations so she can appropriately customize your treatment and maximize the procedure's payoff. Dr. Marko will also see if you are a good candidate for veneers by assessing your overall oral health. You should not show signs of gum disease or habitually clench your jaw and grind your teeth, a condition called bruxism, in order to qualify for this procedure.
What To Expect
Once you have developed your unique treatment plan with Dr. Markogiannakis, she will take impressions of your teeth. Your veneers may be made in our office while you wait, or the impressions can be sent to a dental laboratory where your custom veneers will be crafted out of high-quality porcelain material. When your veneers are ready, Dr. Marko will carefully remove a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth to fit them properly. This both creates space for the veneers and improves the bond for a more natural result that lasts a long time. Once your veneers are bonded, Dr. Marko may make minor adjustments so your veneers fit comfortably.
Since getting cosmetic veneers typically does not require anesthesia, you should be able to resume your daily activities after your appointment. You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold food for a few days, but this should subside naturally. Your veneers should be cleaned, like your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing. While porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains compared to your natural enamel, you should still avoid staining foods and drinks to keep your smile bright. To avoid damaging your veneers, you should not chew on hard objects, such as ice or your fingernails. Continue to schedule dental exams and cleanings at Smiles of Chevy Chase so we can monitor the condition of your veneers, natural teeth, and overall oral health. Dr. Marko will let you know if your veneers need to be repaired or replaced.
Veneers are a cosmetic procedure so they are typically not covered by dental insurance. Smiles of Chevy Chase does accept many payment methods, including medical financing, to help make your treatment easier to afford. During your consultation, Dr. Marko will customize your treatment plan to fit your goals and budget. She will go over an estimate for your treatment and explain your payment options.
Enjoy the confidence of a beautiful smile with custom porcelain veneers offered at Smiles of Chevy Chase. With an array of treatment options to fit your goals, Dr. Markogiannakis and her skilled team will help you quickly improve the appearance of your smile with veneers. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Markogiannakis at her Chevy Chase, MD dental practice.