Myths Surrounding Porcelain Veneers | Dr. Alex Midtown NYC Cosmetic Dentist

Myths Surrounding Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a quick and easy way to get a great smile. Porcelain veneers are thin covers that are placed on top of teeth to cover up stains, cracks and other surface problems that affect one’s smile. Porcelain veneers are popular because they are strong and do not stain easily. However, there are many myths around porcelain veneers and we will explain why these myths are simply untrue.

Porcelain Veneers Look Fake

While this may have been true decades ago, porcelain veneer technology has come a long way. Today, porcelain veneers can be matched to the exact hue of your teeth so they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. They can also be adjusted to have various hues of white which gives you the exact smile you want.

They Are Only for Cosmetic Reasons

Even though porcelain veneers are primarily used for cosmetic reasons, they can also help in correcting slight alignment problems as well as closing gaps between teeth. People who have damaged or misshaped teeth find porcelain veneers a quick and easy solution for correcting such problems. This has benefits that go beyond the cosmetic. For example, closing gaps between teeth can help keep teeth healthy by closing off gaps where bacteria accumulate and lead to tooth decay.

Porcelain Veneers May Weaken Teeth

This myth arises from the fact that cosmetic dentists will normally take off a thin layer off your tooth in order to fit in a porcelain veneer. However, this bit is too thin to affect the structural integrity of your tooth. Sometimes porcelain veneers can even help strengthen weak teeth. If your teeth are too weak to have a veneer placed on top of them, your dentist will give you various other options for you to consider.

Veneers Break Easily

Modern porcelain veneers are strong and are capable of withstanding most of the stress that teeth handle on a day to day basis. One can chew food and do most of the other thing that people do with their natural teeth. However, biting on hard objects (such as using your teeth as tools to open cans and other such things) can damage porcelain veneers. These sorts of activities are however not recommended for natural teeth anyway so one should do their best to avoid them.

Porcelain Veneer Treatment is Painful

This is not true. When dentists are fitting the veneers, they use a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort that may be felt, especially when the tooth is being prepared for the veneer. Patients who have had porcelain veneers may experience some sensitivity for a brief period after the procedure but this quickly goes away. In other words, getting porcelain veneers is just like any other minor dental procedure.

Are you looking for a dental expert in New York city to fit porcelain veneers? Dr. Alex Rubinov has years of experience helping patients get the smile they desire through porcelain veneers. Contact his practice at (718) 253-0800 for an appointment.

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