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Factual Facades: 4 Things to Know Before Getting Porcelain Veneers

January 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmason @ 7:49 pm
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If you have aesthetic flaws in your teeth, it can impact how you feel about yourself. Studies have shown that people who have dental problems are more likely to report feeling anxious, self-conscious, and less interested in social engagement. Fortunately, your dentist can mask imperfections with porcelain veneers.

These thin, ceramic shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide minor stains, chips, cracks, or gaps. That said, they can be quite an investment in time and resources so it’s important to be well informed about the process before you get started. Keep reading to learn 4 important facts about porcelain veneers!

Fact #1: They Require Preparation

Many patients are surprised to learn that your dentist must make irreversible changes to your teeth to place veneers. Because the goal is to create a seamless smile, it’s necessary to remove a thin layer of enamel from your tooth. Otherwise, they’ll be a different thickness than the surrounding natural pearly whites and can look bulky or awkward.

This step is pain-free and non-invasive, but because the outer layer of your teeth does not grow back, it’s important to understand in advance that it’s required.

Fact #2: They’re Considered Cosmetic

Porcelain veneers are intended to enhance your appearance and so they’re categorized as a cosmetic procedure. In many cases, your dental insurance won’t help with the cost because they’re not considered an essential part of preventative care. Before proceeding with this treatment, therefore, you should get a realistic estimate from your dentist to have a better idea of what to expect. You wouldn’t want to be unpleasantly surprised when it’s time to pay your invoice.

Fact #3: They’re Not Removeable

One common misperception of porcelain veneers is that they’re intended to be frequently removed and replaced, but that’s not the case. Once they’re bonded to the surface of your teeth, they can last 10 to 30+ years with the right maintenance. That makes them an excellent long-term solution because caring for them is as simple as consistently brushing and flossing your teeth twice every day.

However, if you’re feeling uncertain or are worried you might change your mind, then porcelain veneers may not be the best fit for you.

Fact #4: They Can Break

The ceramic used for porcelain veneers is finished with a glaze so durable that it resists staining, chips, and other damage. Unfortunately, though, that doesn’t mean they can’t be harmed. You will need to watch what you eat and avoid biting hard objects like fingernails or pen caps for as long as you have them- which could be the rest of your natural life.

Now that you know more about the truth behind porcelain veneers, you can make an informed decision with your dentist about whether you’d like to move forward.

About the Practice

At Mason Dental, patients of all ages benefit from a team of dedicated dentists who provide a full range of services under one roof, including porcelain veneers. They take the time to understand your medical history and dental goals to offer individualized treatment plans that meet your needs. They combine artistry with technology to color-match your veneers to your natural teeth for beautiful, long-lasting results. You’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (802) 362-1099.

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74 Longview Drive, Manchester Center, VT 05255 USA
Jonathan E. Mason, DMD Manchester Center, VT Dentist (802) 362-1099