Porcelain veneers are considered one of the most innovative solutions in cosmetic dentistry. They are often the go-to treatment when a patient wants to undergo a dramatic transformation or a full smile makeover. Regardless of the smile you were born with, porcelain veneers can give you the Hollywood smile you have always dreamed of.
Veneers are designed to cover the front surfaces of your visible teeth when you smile. They are made of wafer thin shells of porcelain that are customized in color, shape and size. If you are considering veneers or just had them placed, here are five major facts you should know:
#1 Veneers Provide Instant Cosmetic Correction
Veneers are among the most versatile applications to improve your smile. They correct cracked, chipped, crooked, stained, and gapped front teeth. With just two simple office visits, your smile can gain immediate transformation. In fact, because they can hide crooked front teeth, they are often called “instant orthodontics”.
#2 Veneers Need To Be Cleaned Like Natural Teeth
Veneers can harbor plaque and tartar buildup just like your natural teeth. Therefore, it is still important that you brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis. Keeping up with your routine dental visits are also required. Remember that only a professional cleaning from your dentist can remove hardened plaque from your teeth before it causes decay and gum disease.
#3 Veneers Are Not Stronger Than Natural Teeth
While veneers are extremely durable, they are still vulnerable to damage like your natural teeth. Therefore, you should never use your veneers as tools for opening bottles or biting down on other non-food items. It is rare to crack or chip your veneers, but it can happen if you use them as if they are stronger than your natural teeth. If you have a teeth grinding habit, make sure you dentist is aware!
#4 Veneers Do Not Stain Like Natural Teeth
The stain-resistant capability of veneers is a highlighted advantage. With veneers, you can enjoy the dark colored foods that you love, including wine, coffee, blueberries and others. Your natural tooth surface and even dental bonding is prone to show discoloration over time after consuming these choices. However, veneers should retain their brilliant white for years to come!
#5 Veneers Are Irreversible
The placement of veneers requires that a tiny portion of your tooth be shaved off. This is what allows the veneer to strongly bond to the front of your tooth. However, this also means that getting porcelain veneers is irreversible.
Want to learn more about veneers or determine if they are right for you? Call Southern Oaks Family Dental Care today.
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