If you’ve tried teeth whitening treatments but still haven’t achieved the smile you’ve been looking for, it may be time to take your future cosmetic treatment to the next level. If you have multiple imperfections that you’d rather solve with a single treatment, porcelain veneers are the perfect solution. With porcelain veneers, you don’t need to settle for a smile you’re too afraid to show to friends and family.
Porcelain veneers are made of dental ceramic designed to look and reflect light as naturally as possible. Their function is mainly intended for cosmetic purposes, however in some cases they can help make bites more even, similar to dental crowns. Unlike dental crowns, veneers are razor-thin sheaths designed to bond to the visible portions of teeth in order to improve their appearance. They are color-shaded and shaped to fit over natural teeth, allowing them to blend in with your existing smile.
Patients who have struggled with cosmetic imperfections in their smile can likely cover all of them through this single treatment. The process takes two visits to complete, one for the initial examination and minimal removal of enamel, and a second appointment to place and fit the veneers.
If your smile has any of the following imperfections, chances are that veneers are right for you. These include:
Before being eligible for porcelain veneers, the dentists will make sure that your oral health is in good condition, as they would for any cosmetic treatment. If any tooth decay or gum disease is present, you’ll need to have these issues settled before receiving veneers. They’ll also make sure that you’re okay with removing a very small amount of enamel, which allows the veneers to sit flush and look natural after placement.
With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers last between 10 and 15 years on average. However, some patients are able to make them last up to 20 years, but this is less common. Keep in mind that porcelain is naturally stain-resistant and doesn’t have any of the same cracks and crevices as tooth enamel. These attributes combined make the material a great option for long-term use.
There is no special care for veneers outside of the general advice dentists provide already. To make them last as long as possible, always make sure to: