Porcelain Veneers Pros and Cons

Ever wonder how celebrities get such perfect smiles? Welcome to the world of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. The results can be astonishing with this cosmetic treatment, although it is not for everyone. It is a permanent change to your teeth and you should understand porcelain veneers pros and cons before deciding to commit to getting them.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of porcelain designed to cover the surface of your teeth. They are bonded to your teeth to change their shape, size, length and/or color.

Why are they made from porcelain?

Porcelain resists stains better than resin, which is another option for veneers. They also have light-reflecting properties of your natural teeth.

What are porcelain veneers used for?

Porcelain veneers can solve problems such as:

  • Worn out teeth. Your teeth lose enamel over time, which can cause them to appear worn down. This can affect your overall appearance.
  • Misaligned teeth. Some people have teeth that are too short, too long or in the wrong place.
  • Severe discoloration. Some people have discoloration from medication or nerve removal. If this affects one or more of your teeth and cannot be remedied with whitening treatments, veneers may be a good option.

What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a great choice for refreshing your smile. They have clear advantages, including:

  • They can make your smile white, bright and nearly perfect.
  • They are durable, tough and can tolerate most types of food. You can still enjoy coffee and wine.
  • You can choose the color. You can choose a color that matches your existing teeth if you are only getting one or two veneers or you can get the whitest option available for a completely bright smile.

What are the disadvantages of porcelain veneers?

Despite the clear cosmetic advantages of porcelain veneers, there are some disadvantages, including:

  • Cost. Porcelain veneers are an expensive option.
  • Permanence. Getting veneers is irreversible. Once they are applied, you will need to continue with them forever. Some enamel has been removed from your tooth, which means it needs the shell of the veneer.
  • They are not invincible. Veneers can fall off or crack and the porcelain doesn’t match the strength of your original teeth. Another option is full porcelain jackets or crowns which have greater resistance to fracture, higher retention and are long-lasting than veneers.
  • Not for everyone. They are not suitable for teeth grinders.

Are you a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers?

You may be a candidate for veneers if you do not have any orthodontic conditions, your teeth and your gums are healthy. Some patients need braces before they can receive veneers in order to put teeth in the right alignment for application.

One of the most important considerations before getting porcelain veneers is to manage your own expectations. Discuss your expectations with your dentist before undergoing treatment. Your dentist will give you a detailed assessment and diagnosis of what you want in order to understand porcelain veneers pros and cons and make sure that veneers are right for you. Schedule a visit at Tru Family Dental today to find out if porcelain veneers are your solution to a beautiful smile.

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