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Porcelain Veneers, Fact or Fiction?

January 6, 2022
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Considering veneers but afraid they’ll ruin your teeth? That’s one of the biggest myths about veneers. There are many common myths and misconceptions about veneers, but these falsehoods shouldn’t hold you back from getting a beautiful smile. 

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin layers of high-quality ceramic that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They can be used to correct minor cosmetic flaws or improve the appearance of your smile.

Veneers are popular because they’re easy and quick to apply, and they last for years. You can have them applied in just one visit to our office. And since veneers don’t require any drilling or extractions, they won’t affect the longevity of your natural tooth structure.

How Do I Know If Veneers Are Right for Me?

If you want to get a perfect smile without sacrificing the health of your teeth, then veneers may be right for you. But first, let’s clear up some myths. 

Myth 1: You Can Only Get Veneers on Front Teeth

Veneers aren’t just for the front teeth. Most patients have more than one set of veneers. We use veneers to enhance the look of all your teeth — front, back and even molars. So if you think you might benefit from veneers, schedule an appointment with us today!

Myth 2: Veneers Won’t Last Long

Indeed, veneers will eventually chip or crack over time, but with proper care, they can last you many years. The best way to keep your veneers looking great is by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day. Also, avoid chewing hard foods like nuts and popcorn, which can cause damage to your veneers.

Myth 3: My Dentist Can’t Apply Veneers

While it’s true that not every dentist is trained to install veneers, we do offer this procedure as part of our regular practice. Plus, we have several dentists specializing in cosmetic dentistry, so you’ll always have access to a qualified professional when you need help caring for your veneers.

Myth 4: Veneers Aren’t Safe

This is not true. Veneers are very safe and have several benefits for enhancing your smile:

  1. They can make your bite stronger, so you should talk to your dentist before having veneers installed.
  2. Veneers can also protect your teeth from decay and cavities.
  3. Veneers can hide small chips and cracks that could otherwise become unsightly.

Myth 5: Veneers Will Make Your Smile Look Fake

Not necessarily. While veneers add beauty to your smile, they don’t alter the shape of your teeth and can seamlessly blend with your existing smile. Plus, veneers are made of durable porcelain, making them much harder than enamel. This means they won’t wear down easily.

Myth 6: Veneers Ruin Your Teeth

You shouldn’t worry about damaging your existing tooth enamel while getting veneers. While some enamel has to be removed to make room for the veneer, our team takes extra precautions during each step of the process to ensure that your natural teeth remain healthy.

Myth 7: It Takes Months to Get Veneers Installed

The truth is that it only takes two weeks to apply veneers. That’s why we recommend scheduling your initial consultation within two weeks of receiving your dental insurance information.

The Process of Porcelain Veneers

Once you decide to go ahead with veneers, there are three steps involved in the process.

Step 1: Preparation

Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them off to a lab where technicians create models of your mouth. These models are used to design and build your custom-made veneers.

Step 2: Application

After your veneers are ready, they’ll be carefully placed onto your teeth using special tools. Once applied, your veneers will appear seamless and natural.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

After your veneers are on, your dentist may suggest some finishing touches to give your new smile its final appearance. For example, we may recommend polishing your teeth to remove any imperfections and brighten up your smile.

Can Veneers Be Combined with Other Treatments? 

Yes! We often combine veneers with other treatments such as crowns, implants and bonding. When combined with these procedures, veneers can dramatically improve your smile.

What Are Some Common Problems Veneers Help Solve?

Veneers can solve problems like:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Teeth that are too big or too small
  • Overgrown gums
  • Underbite or overbite
  • Uneven gaps between teeth

Why Choose Us?

We know how important it is to find a dentist who listens to your needs and wants. We can help give you a beautiful smile you deserve. Call us now to schedule a consultation to learn more about dental veneers.