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Veneers

Dental flaws such as gaps, stains, and chips can have a major impact on your smile.

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What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells typically made of porcelain or composite resin that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They are a popular cosmetic dental option for individuals looking to improve the appearance of their smile. Veneers are specifically used to address dental imperfections such as chipped, stained, discolored, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth.

Porcelain veneers are crafted from high-quality dental porcelain, which closely resembles the natural appearance of tooth enamel. This material offers a translucent quality that reflects light similarly to natural teeth, creating a remarkably lifelike and aesthetic result. Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains and can withstand normal biting and chewing forces. They are typically more durable and longer-lasting compared to their composite resin counterparts.

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Composite Veneers also known as direct veneers, are made of tooth-colored composite resin material. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers are directly applied to the teeth by the dentist in a single visit. The resin material is sculpted and shaped to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome. Although composite veneers may not be as stain-resistant or long-lasting as porcelain veneers, they can still provide a significant improvement in the appearance of the teeth.

The Veneer Procedure

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Obtaining veneers typically involves multiple visits to the dentist. The process begins with an initial consultation where the dentist evaluates the patient’s oral health and discusses their goals and expectations. The dentist will take X-rays, photographs, and impressions of the teeth to create a customized treatment plan.

To prepare the teeth for veneers, a small amount of enamel is usually removed from the front surface. This ensures a proper fit and allows the veneers to bond securely to the teeth. In some cases, minimal or no enamel removal is required, depending on the specific circumstances and the type of veneers being used.

Once the teeth are prepared, the dentist will take impressions, which serve as a blueprint for the dental laboratory to create the custom veneers. Temporary veneers may be placed to protect the teeth while the permanent veneers are being fabricated.

During the final appointment, the dentist will carefully bond the veneers to the teeth using a specialized adhesive. Any necessary adjustments will be made to achieve optimal fit, comfort, and aesthetics. The veneers are then polished, giving them a natural luster and completing the smile transformation.

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Why Choose Us for Treatment?

At Smiles For Life, with offices in Staunton and Bridgewater, we take extra steps during treatment planning to ensure the lasting satisfaction of our patients.

Wax-Up Models

Before your final veneers are fabricated, we will create a temporary set (known as a wax-up). You will wear these temporary veneers for a week before returning to our practice. Based on your feedback, we will make any necessary adjustments and send the final model to our partner lab.

Skilled Ceramists

We have worked with the same U.S. dental laboratory for more than a decade because of the high-quality work they consistently provide. The ceramists custom-craft each veneer and use hand-finishing techniques so the veneers look as natural as possible.

Your Overall Appearance

In addition to sending impressions of your teeth, we will also provide the lab with a photo of your entire face. The ceramist will take into account your skin tone, eye color, hair color, and other factors in order to create attractive veneers that look like natural teeth.

High Quality Materials

Our veneers are made of dental-grade porcelain, which is available in a range of different shades. This material mimics the translucency, appearance, and sheen of natural enamel for an incredibly lifelike result. In addition, porcelain is highly durable.

More Treatment Options

In addition to traditional porcelain veneers, we also offer minimal-prep veneers, which require less enamel removal. We also offer teeth whitening, gum contouring, and other cosmetic dentistry treatments to provide you with a complete smile makeover.

Are Patients Who Choose Veneers Happy with Their Results?

Chris had dental veneers placed to improve the shape and size of his teeth. He was happy with the results of his cosmetic dentistry treatment and left us a positive review.
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Veneers that'll Make You Smile in Staunton

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Mask Imperfections with Veneers

Once in place, veneers can dramatically enhance the beauty of your natural teeth. This cosmetic dentistry treatment can address:

Surface Flaws

Porcelain veneers can address tooth stains, cracks, chips, and many other cosmetic dental flaws.
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Misshapen Teeth

This treatment can improve the appearance of worn, proportionately small, or irregularly formed teeth.
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Gaps

Dental veneers can address small gaps between the teeth, along with other minor misalignment issues.
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What is Minimum-Prep Veneers?

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Obtaining veneers typically involves multiple visits to the dentist. The process begins with an initial consultation where the dentist evaluates the patient’s oral health and discusses their goals and expectations. The dentist will take X-rays, photographs, and impressions of the teeth to create a customized treatment plan.

To prepare the teeth for veneers, a small amount of enamel is usually removed from the front surface. This ensures a proper fit and allows the veneers to bond securely to the teeth. In some cases, minimal or no enamel removal is required, depending on the specific circumstances and the type of veneers being used.

Once the teeth are prepared, the dentist will take impressions, which serve as a blueprint for the dental laboratory to create the custom veneers. Temporary veneers may be placed to protect the teeth while the permanent veneers are being fabricated.

During the final appointment, the dentist will carefully bond the veneers to the teeth using a specialized adhesive. Any necessary adjustments will be made to achieve optimal fit, comfort, and aesthetics. The veneers are then polished, giving them a natural luster and completing the smile transformation.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Veneers?

While most of our patients in the Harrisonburg and Staunton areas qualify for veneers, we will first assess your candidacy during a consultation. At this time, we will examine your smile and discuss your goals to ensure veneers are the best treatment option. Some factors we take into consideration include:
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Enamel Strength

We need to remove a small layer of surface enamel before we can place a dental veneer. Therefore, your tooth needs to have enough healthy structure, or else the shells will lack the proper support. If you have thin tooth enamel, we may recommend an alternative procedure like dental crowns that conceal flaws and provide structural support.

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Oral Health

Good oral health is the foundation for any beautiful smile. Before you can undergo cosmetic dentistry treatment we will need to address tooth decay, periodontal disease, or other issues that affect your health.

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Bruxism

If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), you may not be the best candidate for veneers. Patients with bruxism can wear down the porcelain shells, damaging the results and weakening their teeth. You can still get veneers if your condition is mild. Wearing a mouthguard at night can also help prevent excessive wear.

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Goals

Dental veneers permanently alter your natural tooth structure, so treatment is a life-long commitment. While the results can last for a decade or more, the shells will eventually need replacement. If you are not looking for a long-term commitment, you may be better suited for an alternative cosmetic treatment like dental bonding.

The Treatment Process

Traditional porcelain veneers have been used as a trusted cosmetic solution for millions of patients. Patients from the greater Harrisonburg area can expect the following during this treatment process:
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Enamel Removal

During your first visit, we will carefully remove a small amount of enamel from the front of each tooth you wish to treat. This step is performed to create an ideal bonding surface and help the veneers look more natural.
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Impressions

Next, we will take detailed impressions of your reshaped teeth. We may use traditional or digital impressions, or a combination of both.
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Fabrication

These impressions will be sent to an advanced dental laboratory, where master ceramists will fabricate your veneers. This process typically takes about two to four weeks.
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Placement

Once your veneers are ready, you will return to our practice to have them bonded securely in place to each tooth, instantly enhancing the aesthetics of your smile.

Maintaining Your Veneers

Dental veneers are durable and stain-resistant, but patients still need to practice good aftercare to make their veneers last as long as possible.
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Brush and Floss

Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Gel toothpastes are typically a good choice for porcelain veneers. Floss daily. Good oral health will keep the veneers looking pristine, and prevent dental health issues and tooth discoloration.

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Avoid Bad Dental Habits

Habits like biting on your fingernails, using your teeth as tools, and excessive clenching and grinding can damage your veneers or cause them to become detached.

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See the Dentist Regularly

Visit the dentist every six months, as recommended by the American Dental Association, to have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined. During the appointment, we can also check the condition of the veneers.

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Linda Clague
5/5

Alex, . Morgan, and Dr Geo are very personable and professional. I felt very relaxed the entire visit.I especially appreciated Dr. Geo's careful mouth and teeth exam. They explained everything step by step and allowed time for questions.

Mclatt
5/5

On my first visit I meet Becky, we sat down and talked about everything they do there and she allowed me to tell her about my issues with my teeth and she felt that they could help me with my problem. This is the first time I have ever been able to explain, in detail, about my past and present experiences with my dental problems. She made me feel very comfortable in taking about my care and what I would like to have done with my denture issue's. I have set up my next appointment to have x-rays done and feel very good about that! I'm looking forward to my visit and what they have to say about fixing my problem .

Dolly Kite
5/5

My dad had the appt there at the office for a broken tooth. They worked him in and made the experience as pleasant as possible for an 86 year old man. I appreciate the care, understanding and patience for him. Great visit! Great Doctor!!

beverly morris
5/5

I go to smiles for life I can't thank them enough for there kindness and caring I really like Dr Geo there all awesome but he's my favorite ♥️ they are all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable just like one big Happy family

Lynn Reedy
5/5

The best staff !! The most friendly staff of any dentist office I have ever been too. Dr Geo is the best. Super friendly. Recommend this dentist office to any one especially if you have a fear of dentist (as I myself ).

Warren Wise
5/5

Just had my first visit with Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life in Bridgewater. My welcome to the office was warm and inviting. The dental assistant was professional, proficient, and very gentle. Dr.Whiting is very good at explaining problems he saw with my teeth and outline options for addressing those problems.

Jennifer Harper
5/5

Cathy Batton is an amazing hygienist and is so gentle but very thorough. She is very kind, and I am always happy to see her when I go to the dentist! She makes going to the dentist more fun!

Sandy Miller
5/5

I love Cathy!! She does a great job and is always very personable and professional. Give her a raise!! 😊 Everyone at Smiles for Life is great! If you’re looking for a dentist, I would highly recommend them.