What are porcelain veneers?
These thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured porcelain cover the front surface of the teeth. Dental veneers are designed to change the appearance of teeth by changing their colour, size, length or shape to give the patient a more uniform smile.
They can be used in conjunction with other cosmetic dental treatments, such as teeth whitening or bonding, as part of a full-mouth restoration.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Usually, porcelain veneers last for about 15 years, but they can last significantly longer (20 years or more) in some cases, depending on a handful of key factors.
The longevity of veneers is affected by how well cared for they are. Patients who maintain good oral hygiene (by brushing and flossing) at home and who see their dentist on a regular basis for professional dental cleanings and checkups are more likely to have their veneers for longer.
Some of this longevity will also depend on whether any oral health issues the patient may have are corrected. Issues such as clenching, grinding and bite problems, in addition to habits including biting hard objects 9like fingernails or pen lids) can put excessive pressure on the teeth and veneers.
Why do porcelain veneers need to be replaced?
Although porcelain is very durable, with time they will begin to experience wear and tear in the form of chipping, breakage, decay, or debonding. They may also need to be replaced if the patient experiences gum recession, as this can cause the veneer not to fit properly anymore.
Who is a good candidate for veneers?
If you are unhappy with the look of your smile, you may be wondering if dental veneers are the right choice for you.
They’re not the best solution for seriously damaged teeth. Crowns are probably a better option for those situations. But veneers may be a good option if your teeth are:
You’ll also want to find out from your dentist if veneers are covered by insurance. Depending on the situation, veneers may be considered an elective cosmetic treatment. If that’s the case, insurance won’t cover a portion of the cost.
Talk to your dentist about the best options for you, your budget, and the look you want to achieve. You may even want to ask if there’s a way to see a digital image of what your smile might look like with veneers.
How do I know if porcelain veneers are right for me?
Porcelain veneers are durable cosmetic dental restorations that can improve the appearance of your smile. However, they are not the right treatment for every person, or for every dental health problem. In some cases, other restorations like dental crowns and bridges, dental bonding, orthodontics or teeth whitening may be more effective treatment options.