As we get older our teeth can begin to show wear and tear — even for those most dedicated to brushing and flossing, the people that see their dentist every 6 months as recommended. These signs include minor cracks, gaps, chips, discoloration, and misalignments that may not be physically harmful to us but can make us feel self-conscious about our smiles.  We may feel shy about smiling which is a big part of making a good first impression. When you meet someone new, you want to be able to smile your best. Porcelain dental veneers can address all these, revitalizing your smile’s appearance with one simple procedure instead of multiple.

Refresh Your Existing Smile With Dental Veneers

Chesapeake, VA dentist Dr. John C. Cranham can use porcelain dental veneers to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Veneers can alter the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth for a more uniform smile. A porcelain veneer is a very thin shell that covers the front and sides of a tooth that has cosmetic issues.

Porcelain is very similar in appearance to natural tooth enamel so your new veneers will seamlessly blend into your smile while restoring its natural beauty. When placed by a skilled professional like Dr. Cranham, veneers should feel completely natural in your mouth and you won’t even notice them when you are talking or eating. Dental veneers are highly stain resistant and can reduce yellowing of your smile although they should still be brushed, flossed and regularly inspected by a dentist.  Although veneers are very strong and durable,they can still be broken or cracked if you use too much force or bite or chew something not intended for chewing.

Dental veneers can also be used to provide a straighter appearance to misaligned teeth, giving you a quicker, simpler and less expensive solution for this issue than orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers are custom-created for each patient’s mouth and placed over your existing teeth, so Dr. Cranham can design your veneers with any cosmetic issues your smile may have in mind.


  • Comprehensive Evaluation: A comprehensive dental exam and evaluation is the first step in the creation of your custom porcelain veneers. This will include a physical examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other support structures of the mouth by Dr. Cranham. In the course of the exam, he will determine if your natural teeth and bite will provide a stable foundation for your veneers.
  • Treatment Planning: Dr. Cranham will create a personalized treatment plan especially for you. At this time he will discuss your desired results and your choice in materials to help you have your best smile.
  • Design & Fabrication: Dr. Cranham will prepare your teeth and take molds that will be used to create your veneers.
  • Final Restoration: At the final visit, Dr. Cranham will place the porcelain veneers on your teeth, checking for proper fit and coloration. Any minor adjustments can be made at this time before they are permanently fastened to your teeth.

Although porcelain veneers require some specialized care, Dr. Cranham will instruct you on how to maintain them so you can enjoy your results for the longest time possible. Although routine dental cleanings and examinations are essential to ensuring the long-term health and stability of your veneers, with conscientious care, they can last you many years.

Dental Veneers In Chesapeake, VA

To learn more about whether porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cranham and his team. Call 757.656.4109 or schedule a consultation online today.

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