Porcelain Veneers: The Best Choice For Your Smile

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are slim pieces of tooth-coloured porcelain that are custom made by CEREC (CAD/CAM) or professional dental laboratory and are placed on top of a patient’s natural teeth to improve their appearance, whether that is through colour, size, shape, positioning, etc.

Why Are Porcelain Veneers Used?

Dentists recommend porcelain veneers in many cases when the patient would like to change something about the appearance of their teeth.

Some conditions that may make a patient want to get porcelain veneers include:

  • Stained or discoloured teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Small gaps between the teeth that do not necessarily warrant orthodontic treatment
  • Dissatisfaction with the way the teeth look

How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?

When our Empress Walk Dental dentists put porcelain veneers on a patient’s teeth, they first strip around a millimeter or so of the natural tooth enamel off in order to create room inside the mouth for the veneers. The bonding process that connects the porcelain veneers to the patient’s natural teeth is critically important to the proper functioning of the veneers in the future.

The veneers are adhered to the patient’s natural teeth using a special light-sensitive resin, which is then cured by a light which hardens the adhesive, securing the bond. In the aftermath of treatment, patients may notice that they are more sensitive to heat and cold on their teeth, but this symptom should subside on its own within a handful of days.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a convenient, attractive way to improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth. There are a plethora of benefits associated with porcelain veneers, including:

  • Veneers are all but indistinguishable from natural teeth — they can be used in all of the same ways as natural teeth and only a dentist can tell the difference between the two without scrutinizing the teeth
  • Unlike natural teeth, veneers resist stains that can come with the enjoyment of beverages such as coffee or tea
  • Very little damage is done to the patient’s natural teeth — they stay mostly the same aside from the millimeter or so of tooth enamel that gets removed
  • Porcelain veneers stay a bright white, meaning that the patient does not need to undergo bleaching/whitening treatments

What Are the Drawbacks of Porcelain Veneers?

The decision to get porcelain veneers should be treated very seriously. Because part of the tooth’s natural enamel is removed when veneers are installed, veneers become a permanent part of the patient’s mouth. Even if the patient were to become dissatisfied or unhappy with their veneers, their only option would be to have new veneers created for them. Since the natural state of their tooth has been compromised, the patient cannot ever go back to their “original” smile.

What Is the Best Way to Care for Porcelain Veneers?

Patients should care for porcelain veneers the same way that they care for their own natural teeth: with diligent healthy oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice per day and flossing. Because porcelain is a somewhat brittle material, patients should avoid destructive behaviors such as chewing on ice, biting their fingers, opening beer bottles, and grinding or clenching their teeth.

As long as the patient maintains a good oral hygiene routine and makes sure to visit the dentist regularly for followup appointments, there is no reason why their veneers should not last for many years.

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