When it comes to a total smile makeover, porcelain veneers are the leading choice in cosmetic dentistry. Dental veneers rank high because they can solve an expansive range of aesthetic dental concerns in just two painless office visits. Since an attractive smile often fosters improved self-confidence and overall wellbeing, the return on your veneers investment can be quite significant.
While porcelain veneers are often used by celebrities to achieve a Hollywood-ready smile, they are available to you too. However, just like any other cosmetic treatment, it is optional and being fully informed is important before you make a final decision. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about veneers to help:
What can porcelain veneers address?
Versatility is a strong perk of cosmetic veneers. Veneers are used on the front surface of your visible teeth to hide a wide range of imperfections, including gapped, chipped, stained and even crooked teeth. They can also make teeth look bigger or more symmetrical and balanced within your smile.
Are dental veneers permanent?
Because a very small part of the tooth is etched away, porcelain veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. Don’t worry; only a mere 0.1 to 0.5 mm around the front and sides of your tooth is shaved away, but this step is necessary to cement or bond the thin porcelain shell in place. This ensures that your veneers stay in place and don’t look oversized or unnatural.
Do porcelain veneers need to be replaced?
Porcelain veneers are remarkably durable and rarely need replacement if they are taken care of properly. This includes routine oral care as well as not using your veneers to chomp ice and open packages. If you have a teeth grinding habit, you may need to consider a nightguard to protect your veneers from premature wear and damage.
Can veneers get cavities and stain like real teeth?
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and cavity-resistant. However, that doesn’t mean that these shells of porcelain can’t darken over time if frequently exposed to staining drinks and foods. Also, keep in mind that your veneers have natural teeth underneath, so you’ll still need to brush and floss like normal and visit your dentist for regular exams to prevent decay around your veneers.
Will my veneers look whiter than the rest of my teeth?
The goal of cosmetic dentistry should be a natural-looking enhancement. This can hold true with veneers, as they can be customized to match the exact shade of your existing teeth. If you are considering professional teeth whitening, however, it is best to do that before you get your veneers.
Will porcelain veneers impact my diet?
You won’t be restricted to certain foods like you would if you are wearing braces. Patients should still be able to enjoy their favorite foods while wearing veneers. However, don’t use them as tools or ice crunchers!
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