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. One of our most popular ways of correcting imperfect teeth is with veneers. With this incredibly versatile treatment, Dr. Hal M. Lippard can address multiple cosmetic concerns in one fell swoop. To learn more about veneers in Charlottesville and how they can benefit you, call us today!
In the past, teeth with blemishes had to be covered with a crown. Not anymore. Veneers have been used for decades to correct a wide range of dental 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, veneers are a great choice. Made of wafer-thin shells of porcelain, veneers fit snugly over your natural tooth and are quite durable. Each veneer is custom-made to blend in with your surrounding teeth. 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.
Most people who have some kind of aesthetic imperfection in their smile would make great candidates for veneers. Keep in mind, though, that they only cover up the front surface of a tooth. If your tooth has any structural or health issue, like a cavity, that will have to be treated first. Dr. Lippard can let you know whether you’ll need any treatment prior to having veneers placed.
Your first visit to our office 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 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, skin tone, hair color, and eye color into consideration when designing your veneers.
Once you and your cosmetic dentist in Charlottesville have made the decision to move forward with veneers, the design, preparation, and fitting usually take two appointments. At your first visit, 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 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.
Some of the main reasons why veneers are so popular are: