Are you unhappy with your natural smile? Maybe you have been considering cosmetic dentistry for a smile makeover? If you have been debating on dental implants versus veneers then continue reading to learn about the porcelain veneer option.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a thin, toothlike material that is attached to the surface of your natural teeth to improve the overall appearance. They are not intended to strengthen existing teeth but are used as a cover for teeth whitening or a straight smile. Porcelain is the easiest material to color-match with the rest of your natural teeth.
Do Veneers Need to Be Replaced?
Although veneers can be made from composite materials, porcelain is known as the strongest and longest-lasting material. They typically last a minimum of ten years but have been known to last up to twenty years!
Advantages and Disadvantages
As with any dental procedure, there will be pros and cons. Below we look at the most commonly discussed of each category.
- Longer-Term Solution to Teeth Whitening
- Stain Resistant
- Easily Color Matches Natural Teeth
- Most Patients Do Not Experience Discomfort
- Longevity of 10 to 20 Years
- Material Does Not Irritate Gums
- Cost More than Composite Materials
- Most Patients Can Not Afford Porcelain
- Can Not Be Repaired, Only Replaced
- Some Patients Experience Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
Patient Success Photos: Before and After
Below are photos of patients’ smile lines before and after porcelain veneers:
Maintenance of Porcelain Veneers
The best way to increase the longevity of the veneer is to properly take care of them. The easiest way to do this is with excellent oral hygiene. Not only will it make the veneer last much longer but it will also prevent cavities and gum disease.
Another way to maintain the veneer is to avoid chewing hard foods like ice. This is to prevent cracking or chipping of the veneer. Any food that is hard or sticky (think caramel) should be avoided.
It is best to form the habit of chewing with the back teeth versus the front teeth to lessen the chance of damaging the veneer and if you grind your teeth at night, dentists recommend using a nightguard for added protection.
Porcelain Crowns at East Valley Dental Professionals
At East Valley Dental Professionals, we are dedicated to working with families and developing long-term relationships with our patients.
If you are uncertain of a procedure that was recommended for you, we offer free second opinions with no strings attached. Contact our team of professionals at (480) 838 – 3033 to schedule an appointment today!