Porcelain veneers are custom-made dental solutions for your teeth. They are made from a very thin, yet incredibly durable, layer of porcelain that fits over your original teeth like shells. Porcelain veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile and correct a variety of dental flaws. As a result, it is no surprise that veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures performed in America each year. Even though porcelain veneers are very common, unless you are a dental professional or have spoken with your dentist about them, chances are you have some questions. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions dental professionals get about porcelain veneers.
What dental flaws can porcelain veneers correct?
Porcelain veneers can provide you with a complete smile makeover. Since they cover your original teeth like shells, they are able to change not only the color, but also the shape and length of your teeth. They are often used to correct discolored teeth, uneven or oddly shaped teeth, teeth that are worn down or cooked, and even gaps between teeth.
Do porcelain veneers stain?
This is one of the most common questions dental professionals hear from people considering veneers. Since many people get porcelain veneers to have a whiter smile, it makes sense to wonder how long that whiteness will last. Porcelain veneers are extremely stain resistant and durable. Since porcelain is a non-porous material, is does not absorb stains easily. As with tooth enamel however, proper care and maintenance is essential with porcelain veneers to protect them and keep your mouth healthy.
How do I care for porcelain veneers?
The great news about porcelain veneers is the daily routine to care for veneers is identical to recommended daily dental care.
Regular brushing: Brushing your teeth twice a day helps to remove plaque from the surface of your teeth, preventing the buildup of tartar. This is true whether you are brushing porcelain veneers or tooth enamel. A non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste is usually recommended for the daily brushing of porcelain veneers.
Regular flossing: There are some places between your teeth that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. In order to ensure food and bacteria are removed effectively from the tight spaces in between teeth, the American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth daily.
Regular dental visits: In addition to allowing your dentist to check your overall oral health, routine dental visits allow for the inspection of your porcelain veneers. During these appointments you dentist is able to polish your porcelain veneers and inspect them for any signs of damage.
Can I get porcelain veneers if I grind my teeth?
Absolutely. Since clenching and grinding teeth can damage porcelain veneers, be certain to let us know if you have either of these habits. We may recommend fitting you for a biteguard to wear at night. This guard can lessen the stress put on your new veneers and prevent potential damage from overnight teeth grinding.
Are porcelain veneers durable?
The porcelain used to make veneers is extremely durable, but it is not unbreakable. It may be helpful to remember that porcelain is a type of glass. Glass is strong, but it can be broken. The same is true of porcelain. Porcelain veneers can easily handle the stresses of a normal diet, so there’s no need to worry before biting into a carrot or an apple.
If I get porcelain veneers, can I still get cavities?
You can still have tooth decay after getting veneers. As a result, it is still important to brush, floss, and have regular dentist appointments.
How long will my porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last from 7 to 20 years with proper care and maintenance. As mentioned earlier, veneers are extremely durable but they can occasionally chip or sustain damage. Damaged veneers can be repaired or even replaced if needed.
Will my porcelain veneers match my original teeth?
The shade of your porcelain veneers can be adjusted slightly by your dentist. Most people choose porcelain veneers to have a whiter, brighter smile. Be sure to talk with your dental professional about your hopes and expectations for your new smile.
Hopefully we have answered most of questions about porcelain veneers. If you have more questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, contact us today. Our expert team of dental professionals will be happy to help you achieve a smile you will love using state-of-the-art dental practices.