Edward H. Chappelle Jr., DDS

General Dentists located in Bowie, MD

Do you ever wish you’d been born with a different smile? If chipped, discolored, unusually shaped, or gapped teeth are keeping you from feeling confident about your smile, call Edward H. Chappelle Jr., DDS, or request your consultation online. Dr. Chappelle is an expert in dental veneers and can use them to transform your teeth. Don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment at his Bowie, Maryland, office to get started.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are extremely thin shells that Dr. Chappelle can affix to the front of your teeth to dramatically change their appearance. Because these veneers can be custom-made for your mouth, your options are endless. You can use veneers to fix a number of cosmetic issues, including:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Unusual tooth shape

The thin shell of the veneer will be bonded to the front of your tooth. Because the veneer is tooth-colored and shaped to look like a natural tooth, it becomes the new “tooth” that people see. As a result, veneers can cover over any number of cosmetic dentistry problems.

What is the procedure like to get veneers?

Getting veneers is usually a three-step process.

Step 1: Consultation

To start, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chappelle. During this meeting, you can explain your smile goals to him and, together, you can explore your veneer options. Dr. Chappelle will also use this time to perform a brief mouth exam so he can ensure that veneers are a good choice for you.

Step 2: Creating your veneers

You want your veneers to mimic natural teeth. They need to lay flat against the gum line and line up with the surfaces of your surrounding teeth. To ensure a flush fit, Dr. Chappelle will remove a very small amount of enamel from the front surface of your tooth. After this space is made for the veneer, he’ll take extremely precise measurements.

Once he has the exact measurements of your tooth, Dr. Chappelle will custom create a veneer that will fit in your mouth — and help you achieve your smile goals — perfectly.

Step 3: Application

Before the veneer is affixed, Dr. Chappelle will test it in place to ensure the fit and color are correct. Once the veneer is perfected, he will use dental cement to permanently affix it to the tooth.

How long do veneers last?

Traditional porcelain veneers can last as long as 15 years. No-prep veneers minimize step two of the process above and generally last up to seven years. Dr. Chappelle can explore the options with you, helping you choose the right one for your mouth, your lifestyle, and your finances.

Would you like more information about veneers? Call Edward H. Chappelle Jr., DDS, or book your consultation online today.