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Porcelain Veneers: A Quick, Easy Route to a Natural Smile

A dental veneer is a thin layer of synthetic material bonded to the tooth’s surface to improve the appearance of your smile. A veneer placed over your teeth to change their shape and  appearance has been called “instant orthodontics,”  because you can quickly straighten, whiten and improve your smile.

Dr. James Burden has extensive training and experience in cosmetic dentistry and the placement of porcelain veneers. His objective is to create a healthy, natural-looking smile that enhances your appearance and self-esteem. And as your self-esteem grows, your confidence gets a boost, too. At our Williamsburg, VA, practice, we can provide both traditional and minimal prep veneers.

Minimal-Prep Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Burden believes in minimally invasive dentistry. He prefers to keep as much of your original tooth structure as possible when placing veneers.

Using ultra-thin, highly translucent Lumineers® that require little or no tooth reduction, in two short visits, your smile will look like new!  Veneers by Lumineers are so durable, they resist wear for over 20 years.

Your Lumineers procedure is a completely pain-free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth. Because they are ultra-thin, once the procedure is completed, there is no post placement discomfort or sensitivity.

Dental Conditions Porcelain Veneers Can Repair

A patient's smile before and after porcelain veneersVeneers are an excellent way to improve the appearance of your teeth. Veneers can be used to fix the following conditions:

  • Misshapen teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Mildly crooked teeth
  • Dark, yellow or stained teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth

To make room for a veneer, your dentist must remove a small amount of enamel from the front of the tooth. 

Porcelain Veneers Process

Producing a perfect smile is truly an art, and our doctors will use their advanced training, skills and experience to successfully design the shape, color, size and alignment of your porcelain veneers. After you’ve decided to move ahead with your porcelain veneers, a series of events will take place, all in the comfort of our office. Blending precision dentistry, perfect planning and an artist’s eye for detail, we will take meticulous measurements and photographs to create the smile you want in just two visits.

Your 1st Veneer Visit

After your initial consultation, Dr. Burden will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth, and send the mold (sometimes called ‘wax-ups’ or ‘study models’), to a dental lab along with photos and other records. Unlike traditional veneers, there is typically no need for extensive drilling or shots. Occasionally, however, Dr. Burden may do a temporary so you can see the final product as it will look once your procedure is complete.

Your 2nd Veneer Visit

On your next visit, Dr. Burden will place your porcelain veneers as planned. Before he bonds them in place, he will ensure a good fit and then bond them, one by one. As he progresses, he will check your bite to make certain each newly bonded tooth fits correctly and doesn’t interfere with your bite in any way.

Dr. Burden typically will recommend porcelain veneers in many cases, because of the veneer’s superior durability, stain resistant properties, and overall appearance.

Unless you’re scheduled for further, non-veneer related dental work, after the second visit, you’re ready for your first of many compliments on your new smile!

One-Visit Veneers

An option is to have your veneers created and placed in one visit using Dr. Burden’s advanced CEREC® technology. He can design and mill the veneers in his own office lab, and adjust them until they are the shade and shape you like.

Alternative to Porcelain Veneers

We believe that dental bonding plays an important role in today’s world of high-tech dentistry. However, Dr. Burden prefers to use bonding only in smaller areas or to build up a small tooth or repair a chipped tooth.

Dr. Burden typically will recommend porcelain veneers in many cases, because of the veneer’s superior durability, stain resistant properties, and overall appearance. However, dental bonding can be used as an affordable option if porcelain veneers are beyond a patient’s budget.

Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation

You probably have lots of questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures. That’s why we’re pleased to offer a Complimentary Consultation with the doctor to find out just what he can do for you.

Your consultation includes:

  • A complete oral exam
  • A cosmetic smile evaluation
  • A discussion of your smile goals
  • Personalized Smile Design with SNAP!® software
  • Explaining the 2-step veneer process
  • Discussing your cosmetic options in detail
  • Answering any questions you might have

Additional diagnostics if needed (such as X-rays), will be at the normal rate.

Enhance Your Smile

A set of porcelain veneers from James A. Burden DDS & Associates can transform your smile. For more information about veneers or our other cosmetic services, call (757) 229-1224 or contact us online today.

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There are amazing people in that office! My family has been going to this dental office for years and I can't think of a better place to go for dental care. Friendly, caring, and compassionate.

-Cheryl W.
Williamsburg, VA