The McCarl Dental Group has provided Millersville, MD families a range of
dental care solutions since 1924, and that includes offering extensive
cosmetic dentistry options to create beautiful smiles. Porcelain veneers are
some of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry services we can offer because
they allow us to correct and conceal numerous aesthetic concerns in just a few
short visits. If you want to learn more,
to schedule a consultation to discuss porcelain veneers in our Millersville
Why Choose McCarl Dental Group for Porcelain Veneers
Range of traditional & minimal prep porcelain veneer options
Most knowledgeable & skilled dentistry team in Millersville
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are cosmetic dental treatments that use thin layers of porcelain to
create a new exterior surface for your smile. Once in place, your porcelain
veneers will blend seamlessly into the smile, but they can dramatically
improve the appearance of chips, cracks, stains, and gaps in teeth.
Additionally, the dental-grade porcelain also provides protection for
underlying tooth structure, reducing risk for decay and damage.
Types of Porcelain Veneers
At McCarl Dental Group, we never offer a one-size-fits-all dentistry
solution. In order to customize your porcelain veneers treatment, we offer a
variety of traditional, minimal-prep, and no-prep veneers. Your custom
porcelain veneer plan may include the following options:
Traditional Porcelain Veneers
About the size of fingernail prior to placement, traditional porcelain
veneers require us to remove a small amount of surface tooth enamel to allow
the veneer to lay flat within the line of your smile. The improved
durability of the traditional veneers means these solutions may be ideal for
those people who want to correct bigger flaws like gaps between teeth.
Thin or Minimal Prep Veneers
In addition to traditional porcelain veneers, we also offer a more
conservative solution. This veneer option may go by many names, including
thin, minimal-prep, or no-prep porcelain veneers. By any name, these
porcelain veneers are thinner than the traditional solution about the size
of a contact lens. In many cases, we can affix these thin veneers with
little to no removal of healthy tooth structure. Because they are so thin,
these porcelain veneers are not an ideal option for advanced cosmetic flaws,
but they work well to improve the appearance of minor imperfections and
Combination of Traditional & Thin Porcelain Veneers
If your situation is a little more complicated or you want to address a
combination of cosmetic concerns, we may recommend combining traditional and
thin porcelain veneers. This ensures you’re able to address individual
cosmetic concerns while preserving the maximum amount of healthy tooth
How Can Porcelain Veneers Improve My Smile?
We can use porcelain veneers to address a number of cosmetic flaws,
Chips, cracks, and breaks in the surfaces of teeth
Dull, yellow, or otherwise discolored dental structure
Gaps and uneven spacing between teeth
Irregular tooth size and shape
"Daniel has never liked his front teeth his whole life. He was in a position to make some changes and he was recommended to me from his sister. He drove from Cabin John in Montgomery County for these traditional veneers. He finally has the smile he wanted!"
- DR. Jay MCCAR
"Phenomenal!" - Daniel, Real Patient
How Do I Care for Porcelain Veneers?
After your porcelain veneers are placed, they will look and feel just like
your healthy smile. You can brush and floss each day like you would your
health smile, but we may make some recommendations to change your oral
hygiene products to avoid unnecessary wear or damage to the veneers.
Specifically, you’ll want to use soft bristled toothbrushes and
minimally abrasive toothpaste. You should also take steps to protect your
smile, including wearing mouthguards when engaging in contact sports or if
you struggle with nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. You should also
avoid biting your fingernails, ice cubes, or other hard non-food objects.
These seemingly innocuous habits can significantly increase risk of damaging
your porcelain veneers – just as they damage natural teeth.
Finally, don’t forget to visit us at least twice a year for
dental exams and professional teeth cleanings. These regular visits ensure
we can help you keep your new smile looking great for years to come.
At McCarl Dental Group at Shipley’s Choice, our team understands you likely have many questions about dental veneers in Millersville, Maryland. How they will look, what they will feel like, and how to extend their lifespan are all concerns patients have before deciding to move forward with treatment. To ease your mind and offer greater clarity, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about veneers below. Here, you will learn more about these unique restorations so that you can better prepare should you choose to transform your smile with this method of cosmetic dental care.
Can you whiten veneers?
No, unlike teeth, the original color you choose for your porcelain veneers cannot be lightened. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant. Over time, coffee, tea, red wine and smoking can stain the surface of veneers. If stains do not come off with a toothbrush or tooth whitening gel, your veneers can be restored to their original color during a teeth cleaning by one of our dental hygienists.
What happens to teeth underneath veneers?
You want to make sure that you do not fall victim to the notion that your natural teeth are safe from decay when wearing veneers. This is simply not true. Although the thin sheath covers the front surface, other sides of the crown remain vulnerable to bad oral bacteria and plaque. If left untreated and cared for, decay can form and result in cavities – a serious oral health problem that will cause you to spend more money and time trying to fix.
When choosing veneers, you are urged to maintain optimal oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly. You don’t want to give bacteria a chance to form and thrive on your teeth. Otherwise, you’ll be left to undergo veneer removal and replacement, which can be costly.
How many veneers will I need?
The number of veneers you will need is determined by the width of your smile and desired changes. During your consultation, a cosmetic dentist will examine your smile with you to determine a suggested number of restorations.
Will dental insurance cover veneer treatment?
Most dental insurance companies will not agree to cover any of your veneer treatment. The reason is that these insurers categorize this type of care as “elective” and “non-essential.” As a result, you’ll be left to decide how best to pay for your treatment. While you may be able to pay the entire amount out of pocket, you might consider flexible financing through a company like CareCredit, which allows you to pay out the cost of your care over several months instead of all upfront.