A Cosmetic Dentist offers many different services to their patients. Most of these services focus restoring or improving the appearance of a patient’s teeth. Porcelain veneers are a popular restoration service that your cosmetic dentist provides.
We get a lot of questions about porcelain veneers here at the Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Bethesda, Maryland. Like most procedures, getting porcelain veneers has both benefits and disadvantages. We’re here to help you decide if this is a good option for you.
Most patients come to our offices with the same goal. They want to have a beautiful and memorable smile. Unfortunately, malformed, cracked, and discolored teeth hold them back from the smile that they desire. Porcelain veneers help by compensating for teeth defects to improve your natural smile.
Porcelain veneers are very thin shells that are placed on the front surface of your teeth. Veneers can be custom made to change the color, shape, length, or size of your teeth. They’re bonded into place by your cosmetic dentist. Many celebrities choose veneers when they’re trying to create their signature smile. The changes can be as subtle or dramatic as you wish.
The most notable benefit of porcelain veneers is the cosmetic difference. The porcelain has a very realistic look. It copies the look of natural tooth enamel, making it a great material for this purpose. Each set of veneers are specially designed for each specific patient. This allows you to select a color that you feel comfortable with. Not only can you brighten up your smile with veneers, but you have the added benefit of it staying bright. Porcelain resists stains very well. You will now be able to drink coffee, red wine, and other staining beverages without worrying about the effect on your teeth.
Not only can you select the color of the veneers, but you can also suggest a specific shape. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to give you an idea of which shapes and colors will benefit your smile and overall appearance. Porcelain veneers can correct and improve upon many cosmetic defects. Stained and discolored teeth are no longer a problem. Gaps between teeth can be greatly reduced. Disproportionate teeth are reshaped to improve your smile. There are a number of cosmetic benefits that will make your smile everything you’ve dreamed of.
Veneers provide immediate results that can last a long time. This makes them a popular alternative to braces and other treatment options that can require months or years. Applying porcelain veneers is quick and painless. The process is normally complete in one or two visits. When properly cared for, your veneers can last decades. Most porcelain veneers typically last about 20 years. They are easy to care for during that time. You should continue to brush and floss the same way you care for your natural teeth. You’ll also want to continue with routine checkups with your cosmetic dentist.
It is important to remember that even though porcelain veneers look very real, they are still artificial. The veneers themselves can be quite fragile. It’s very possible to break the wafer thin coating with excessive force on your teeth. This includes tooth grinding, eating hard foods, and other activities such as tearing open packages with your teeth. In the event that a veneer does break or loosen you’ll need to reach out to your cosmetic dentist for repair.
It’s also important to note that the process of getting porcelain veneers can be damaging. Your cosmetic dentist must remove enamel from the front of your teeth, making the process irreversible. This can result in your teeth becoming highly sensitive to hot and cold, even after your new veneers are in place. Once the veneers are bonded to your teeth they aren’t easily replaced. You also won’t have the option of simply removing the veneers.
The amount of enamel removed by your cosmetic dentist is minimal. However, the process can cause trauma to your teeth. It’s important to discuss with your cosmetic dentist the removal process and how much enamel will be removed before beginning the procedure. You should also be aware that not everyone is a good candidate to get porcelain veneers. Broken or weakened teeth must be repaired or replaced before applying veneers. If your teeth are decayed or weakened or if you are a known teeth grinder you may not be a good candidate.
Porcelain veneers are also quite expensive. This alone can cause many people to select different treatment options. This is especially true in situations where several teeth are going to have veneers applied. It’s a good idea to discuss veneers with your insurance company and your dentist prior to committing to the procedure.
As you can see, there are many pros and cons for getting porcelain veneers. The best thing you can do is speak to your cosmetic dentist. They will be able to discuss the options available to you and help you make an informed decision.