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The versatility, aesthetics, and strength of porcelain dental veneers

Porcelain veneers have been called “instant orthodontics” – for good reason. When in the talented hands of Dr. Alonzo Bell at The Bell Dental Group in Alexandria, Virginia, these thin layers of porcelain cover up gaps and uneven spacing between teeth. They are appropriate for patients with minor misalignment. If you require the actual treatment for repositioning of crowded, crooked, and otherwise misaligned teeth and jaws, Invisalign® may be in your future. This orthodontic treatment is a discreet (and removable!) way to correct misaligned teeth and bite problems without fixed silver “metal mouth” braces. 

The power of veneers goes beyond creating the appearance of straighter teeth and a more balanced smile. Following an evaluation of your teeth, gums, and mouth and after speaking with you, Dr. Bell may recommend this highly popular cosmetic dental procedure to: 

  • Disguise irregularities on the surface of the teeth; for example, chips and small cracks
  • Resize worn-down teeth, or those teeth that are otherwise disproportionately sized and detract from the beautiful uniformity of the smile 
  • Reshape overly pointy, oddly rounded teeth or those with other shape-related inconsistencies and anomalies 
  • Very yellow or stained teeth 
  • Stubborn “intrinsic” (internal) tooth discoloration that is not appropriately responsive to professional teeth whitening treatment

When the veneers are properly planned and designed by dentists like Dr. Bell, you have peace of mind. Your veneers will look like natural tooth enamel. They won’t jut out too much. They won’t look overly bright, “plastic,” or “fake.” They will fit over your natural tooth structure seamlessly. And every other aspect of the procedure will be customized to your unique characteristics, features, preferences, and goals. Patients love how they can dramatically improve their facial appearance in just two appointments. The first visit is to “prepare” the tooth and veneer, and the second is to place the permanent veneer once it has been made by one of our exceptional lab partners. 

Patients also appreciate how well the porcelain imitates the strength and aesthetics of natural tooth enamel. When cared for correctly and consistently, porcelain resists stains well, and no further treatment is needed for veneered teeth for many years or even decades. 

Call The Bell Dental Group at (703) 783-4557 to schedule your consultation. We look forward to working with you and to keeping your veneers in tip-top shape for life.



Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.

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