All You Need To Know About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain VeneersSometimes, when a health-related procedure is common, people may think they know more about it than they really do. Given the popularity of porcelain veneers, this assumption issue can prove to be problematic.

Here’s a brief overview of some of the most important things to know about porcelain veneers, especially if you’re considering this appearance-enhancing procedure.

Porcelain Veneers: The Basics

  • What They Are – Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front side of teeth, most often in the “smile zone” in the front of the mouth.
  • What They Do Best – Porcelain veneers can whiten teeth that don’t respond well to bleaching, fix minor cracks or rotation issues in teeth, and can improve the shape of a tooth, which is a major factor in a person’s satisfaction with their smile.
  • What Their Limitations Are – Veneers are typically not the treatment of choice for teeth that have been significantly compromised by decay or large cracks. They also are less effective than braces in cases of severely rotated teeth. Patients with severe gum recession can experience aesthetic and functional challenges with veneers.
  • How To Care For Them – Teeth with porcelain veneers, like all natural teeth, need twice daily brushing, daily flossing and periodic checkups to keep them strong. It’s also important to not use your teeth as tools to open or rip things, and to treat problems with teeth-grinding, which will destroy your veneers.

“Porcelain veneers are a beautiful solution to minor smile challenges,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “Knowing their strengths and limitations can help you decide if they are the right choice for you.”

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