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Porcelain Veneers: Benefits, Process, & Aftercare

Porcelain dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure we offer for those looking to improve their smile (smile makeover). These thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of your teeth, can transform your smile and enhance your overall appearance. Whether you want to fix damaged, stained, chipped, or worn down teeth, porcelain veneers are the best way to do that. Here, we provide information on what they are, the benefits, the process involved, and the maintenance required.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They are a cosmetic dentistry option for improving the appearance of your smile. They can be used to fix a variety of issues such as stains, gaps, chips, and misalignment.

Porcelain veneers provide a natural tooth appearance and are resistant to staining, which means your smile will remain bright for a long time. Veneers can also alter the shape and size of your teeth, creating a more symmetrical and balanced smile.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Aesthetics & Durability

Aesthetics:

  • They improve the appearance of your teeth by correcting issues such as discoloration, gaps, and chips.
  • They provide a natural tooth appearance and are resistant to staining.
  • They also alter the shape and size of your teeth, providing a more symmetrical and balanced smile.

Durability:

  • With proper care, porcelain veneers can last for many years
  • They are also resistant to chipping and breaking, making them a long-lasting solution for improving your smile.

Composite Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers

It Depends…

Composite Veneers and Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain and composite veneers are both popular options for improving the appearance of teeth but, they have different advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, the type of veneers you get depends on your budget, aesthetic preferences, and the specific issues you want to address. Select a tab to explore each.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Before and After Porcelain Veneers

Advantages:
  • Superior Aesthetics: They provide a more natural and lifelike appearance, closely resembling natural teeth.
  • Highly Stain-resistant: Porcelain is much less porous than composite, making it more resistant to stains and discoloration overtime.
  • Durability: Porcelain veneers are exceptionally strong and can last anywhere from 10 – 20 years. And, with proper care and maintenance, they can last even longer.
  • Minimal Maintenance: Once placed, they require little maintenance beyond regular oral hygiene practices.
Disadvantages:
  • Higher Cost: They are more expensive than composite veneers due to their superior aesthetic qualities and durability.
  • Indirect Application: Porcelain veneers involve a more complex process and usually require two visits, as they need to be fabricated in a dental lab before being bonded to the teeth.
  • Irreversible Procedure: Before placing them, a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the surface of the tooth, which is irreversible.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Before and After Composite Veneers

Advantages:
  • Cost-effective: Composite veneers are more affordable than porcelain ones, making them a budget-friendly option for improving your smile.
  • Direct Application: They can be directly applied to the teeth in a single visit, which means the process is faster compared to porcelain ones that require multiple visits.
  • Minimal Enamel Removal: Less enamel needs to be removed from the surface of the tooth before placing them, preserving more of the natural tooth structure.
  • Repairable: If one is damaged or stained, it can repaired or replaced.
  • Versatility: They can address a variety of cosmetic issues, such as chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth.
Disadvantages:
  • Less Durable: They are not as strong as porcelain and may have a shorter lifespan, typically lasting around 5-9 years with proper care.
  • Prone to Staining: While composite materials have improved in stain resistance, they are still more susceptible to staining and discoloration compared to porcelain.
  • Less Natural Appearance: Although they can look quite natural, they may not match the translucency and light-reflecting properties of porcelain, potentially resulting in a slightly less lifelike appearance.

The Process:

The process of getting porcelain veneers typically involves a few visits to our dental office.

  • Consultation: During the initial consultation, we will examine your teeth to determine if porcelain veneers are the right option for you. We may take X-rays or make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
  • Preparation: To prepare for a veneer, we will reshape the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer. After the tooth is prepared, your we will make a model or impression of your tooth.
  • Bonding: Before permanently cementing the veneer to your tooth, we will temporarily place it to examine its fit and color. The veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement used. Once the color is determined, and the veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched to allow for a strong bonding process.

Aftercare:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Also, consider using a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush to avoid scratching the veneers.
  • Regular dental check-ups: Visit our office regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.
  • Avoid hard foods: While porcelain veneers are durable, they are not indestructible. Avoid biting on hard foods or objects to prevent chipping or cracking.
  • Limit staining foods and drinks: Although veneers are resistant to staining, the cement used to bond them is not.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for improving your smile. With their numerous benefits and a straightforward process, they can provide you with the confidence to smile freely. Porcelain veneers can last for 10-20 years. However, it’s essential to take good care of them to maintain their appearance and longevity.

Porcelain Veneers: Before & After Photos

Porcelain veneers can completely transform a smile, as seen in these before and after photos. In the first photo, the patient had discolored and misshapen teeth. After getting porcelain veneers, their teeth are now bright, even, and perfectly aligned. In the second photo, the patient severely stained teeth. With the help of veneers, their smile is now bright and beautiful. These are just a few examples of how porcelain veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth Photos
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Procedure Photos
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth Photos
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Procedure Photos
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth Photos
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Procedure Photos
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth Photos
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Procedure Photos
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Teeth Photos
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Procedure Photos

Get Your Smile Back in Just 3 Steps

1. Request Appointment

Schedule a consultation to receive an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan based on your goals which we can begin at your next visit.

2. Set Your Smile Goals

What about your smile causes you to feel a lack of confidence? Determine what you want to change that could help you improve your confidence.

3. Get Your Smile Back

After your treatments are complete, you will have a smile that is healthier, more functional and beautiful giving you the confidence you deserve.

1. Request Appointment

Schedule a consultation to receive an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan based on your goals which we can begin at your next visit.

2. Set Your Smile Goals

What about your smile causes you to feel a lack of confidence? Determine what you want to change that could help you improve your confidence.

3. Get Your Smile Back

After your treatments are complete, you will have a smile that is healthier, more functional and beautiful giving you the confidence you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Veneers are not painful and they do not hurt your teeth, in fact most patients report no pain or discomfort at all during treatment. Read our reviews or watch our video testimonials to see what our patients think.

Porcelain veneers can last from 10 – 20 years, while composite veneers can last from 5 – 9 year. Both types of dental veneers can last even longer if you address issues like teeth grinding or clenching first. Aside from this, the material and how well you care for them impacts their longevity. By addressing any issues with your bite, the lifespan of your dental veneers increases substantially.  

Yes! But first, we need to evaluate what’s causing you to grind your teeth and address that first. That’s because teeth grinding is one of the main reasons why people damage their veneers. By resolving the issue first, your veneers will last ensuring you don’t spend money fixing them when they break.

Crowns cover your teeth like a cap. A veneer is a thin shell that is applied to the front of your tooth with less damage to the tooth meaning you retain more of your natural tooth structure.

Yes, veneers can break for various reasons including: forceful impact, chewing hard objects, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), inadequate bonding of the veneers, veneers are too thin or improperly fabricated are just a few reasons dental veneers break.

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