Veneer Myths Debunked

VeneersPorcelain veneers have provided dental clients with a cost-effective way to correct many minor dental flaws. However, they have also acquired a reputation among some dental patients as a panacea for all dental ills, and that’s just not true. All restorations have their advantages and disadvantages, and no single one, no matter how amazing, can fix all possible oral health issues.

Here are four commonly circulated myths about porcelain veneers, and the facts related to each one.

Myths About Veneers

Myth #1: Veneers can last a lifetime.

The facts: The average lifespan of a set of porcelain veneers is somewhere between 10 and 12 years. This timeframe is highly variable, and dependent on how well you take care of your teeth and gums, as well as a whole host of other factors.

Myth #2: Veneers prevent cavities.

The facts: Although the veneers themselves cannot experience tooth decay, there is a natural tooth behind each veneer, and it is vulnerable to cavities. This is part of the reason maintaining your daily oral health regimen of brushing and flossing is so important, as are regular trips to the dentist.

Myth #3: Veneers are indestructible.

The facts: Porcelain veneers are more fragile and brittle than natural tooth enamel. They are especially vulnerable to strong grinding forces, such as when a patient has bruxism, or to being shattered by hard objects, such as when a patient uses their teeth as tools.

Myth #4: Veneers function exactly like natural teeth.

The facts: While veneers do an exceptionally good job of looking exactly like natural teeth, they have different limitations. As noted above, they are not as strong as natural tooth enamel, and less resistant to cracking or breaking.

“Veneers are terrific smile enhancers, but they cannot fix all problems a patient might have with his or her teeth,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a central Phoenix practice. “Knowing their limitations can help you determine if they could be helpful for you.”

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