Porcelain Veneers have a ton of myths revolving around them.
Porcelain veneers can be used to fix dental issues or improve aesthetics, transforming a smile and helping a person become more confident. If you’ve been hesitant about the idea of porcelain veneers, get the facts that you need so that you can make an educated decision about your dental health.
- Porcelain veneers don’t look natural. Once upon a time many dental solutions didn’t look very natural. Those days are long gone. Dentists work closely with patients to ensure that veneers match their natural teeth. No one will ever be able to tell the difference between the veneers and your natural teeth.
- A dentist must cut down entire teeth to place porcelain veneers. There is a certain degree of reshaping required for veneer placement. However, an experienced dentist can create a veneer that is just 0.3 mm thick, which is the same thickness as a contact lens.
- Placing porcelain veneers is extremely painful and makes teeth more sensitive. During the veneer placement procedure, a dentist applies a local anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort. While temporary veneers can heighten sensitivity, there is no extra sensitivity with permanent veneers. If you have sensitive teeth due to thin enamel, veneers may actually help the issue.
- Porcelain veneers make a smile look too white. A dentist customizes each set of veneers for the individual patient. This means that you have full control over the amount of whiteness for your veneers. Some people like brilliantly white veneers while other people prefer lighter, fresher veneers.
- Porcelain veneers are too expensive. When veneers address dental problems (i.e. chips, breaks, misalignment), usually insurance will cover a portion of the procedure. Many dentists offer a range of finance options so that their patients are able to afford the monthly payments.
Veneers are seen as a permanent treatment because your dentist needs to change the structure of your natural teeth to place them correctly. In this way, the outer layer of your enamel may be removed to make room.
Dental veneers are an excellent way to hide discolored, crooked or damaged teeth, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons that come with the territory before getting them. Make an appointment with us to find out if dental veneers are a fitting solution for you.
Now, if you decide to get the veneers and the process is complete, there are more things you need to know that need to be applied on your day to day routine. Maintaining of your veneers is relatively simple.
Porcelain veneers are a terrific solution to address a broad range of the cosmetic dentistry problems that many patients face. However, not every dental patient is a candidate for porcelain veneers. Below are some of the criteria that cosmetic dentists look for in a porcelain veneer patient.
Healthy Teeth. If you have severe decay issues, gingivitis, cracked teeth, or gum disease, you are not a good candidate for veneers. Dentists cannot place veneers on unhealthy teeth. However, if you treat and correct any serious dental issues, veneers are then an option for you.
No Clenching or Grinding. Patients who severely clench or grind their teeth are not good candidates for veneers. Veneers are not as strong as natural teeth so that they can be chipped or broken more easily by the kind of pressure exerted by bruxism. Some patients who only grind at night may be able to have veneers if they’re diligent about using a night guard which protects the teeth.
Good Tooth Enamel. Porcelain veneers adhere to the enamel on the surface of your tooth. If the enamel on your teeth is mostly gone – or if you have lost a significant amount of the tooth structure – veneers have nothing to bond with and are probably not the best option for you.
A Desire for a Beautiful Smile. Veneers don’t involve multiple dentist visits or procedures which take place over months. They also let you avoid braces while whitening your teeth at the same time.