Is your smile marred by stains, cracks, or chips? Do you hide your smile behind your hand because you’re embarrassed by misshaped teeth or odd spacing? You don’t have to live with a smile you don’t love. Cosmetic dentistry today offers many options for enhancing the look of your teeth. Clinical advancements have made treatments, such as porcelain veneers, quicker and more comfortable than ever before. In addition, modern dental materials offer lifelike quality. Only you and Dr. Lippard will know that you’ve made a change. Your friends and family will simply notice your beautiful teeth and your confident smile.
In the past, teeth with blemishes had to be covered with a crown. Not anymore. Porcelain veneers have been used for a number of years to correct a range of imperfections, and are a permanent way to alter the look of your smile. Whether you need to change deeply stained or discolored teeth, correct worn edges, close spaces, cover chips or cracks, or any combination of these aesthetic dental problems, porcelain veneers are a great choice. Made of wafer-thin layers of porcelain, veneers fit snugly over your natural tooth and are strong and stain resistant.
Your first visit to our Charlottesville boutique dentistry practice will be for a thorough exam and consultation. If you have a particular smile that you love, we encourage you to bring photos with you. Dr. Lippard can discuss the attributes you admire and how these may be incorporated into your porcelain veneers. With many sizes, shapes, and shades of white to consider, our team will help guide you with regard to the style that will suit you best. The doctor will also take your facial features, hair color, and eye color into consideration when designing your veneers.
Once you and Dr. Lippard have made the decision to move forward with porcelain veneers, design, preparation, and fitting usually take two appointments. At your first appointment, Dr. Lippard will buff a small amount of enamel from your teeth and then take a set of impressions. This allows your final set of porcelain veneers to fit well and lie perfectly in line with your teeth. We’ll provide a set of temporary veneers for you to wear until your custom restorations arrive. Your second visit will involve the bonding of your handcrafted veneers.