Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of your teeth. They typically look like shells and are as strong as natural tooth enamel. Veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth and are considered the optimal material for changing tooth shape, color, or size. The ideal candidates for porcelain veneers have teeth that are:
- Discolored and stained
- Worn down
- Broken or chipped
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
Porcelain veneers aren’t optimal for people with tooth decay or active gum disease. People with a history of grinding or clenching teeth are discouraged from porcelain veneers too because that pressure can cause cracking or chipping.
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last for many years. Routine maintenance is crucial because veneers to avoid underlying tooth decay. Regular check-ups, brushing with a soft toothbrush, and daily flossing can help protect and extend the life of your veneers. Make sure your dental hygienist knows you have veneers so she or he can apply the proper polish technique during your routine cleaning.
There is common concern that veneers can look fake. Porcelain veneers are crafted to look like your natural teeth. If you are concerned with looking “too perfect,” veneers can be crafted with intentional imperfections like slight rotation, subtle discoloration, and grooves that can imitate natural flaws.
Below are a handful of facts about porcelain veneers to aid in your decision-making:
- Porcelain veneers are considered irreversible.
- You may experience sensitivity to hot and cold after having your veneers placed, but it should disappear after a few days.
- After your veneers are placed, you should avoid anything that will stress them. For example, cracking pistachios or chewing on candy apples is not ideal. Your veneers will be very strong, but they are not invincible.
If you have any questions about porcelain veneers and if they are a good fit for you, call Pine Tree Dental Care today!