Veneers are thin shell-like laminates that are designed to cover the front side of teeth. By doing so, porcelain veneers help conceal defects such as stained teeth and generally improve the smile of the person wearing them. Veneers are made out of a variety of materials and among the most common is porcelain. Porcelain veneers typically come with the same color of teeth so they are not very noticeable. They are also hard to stain and durable. For these reasons, porcelain veneers are among the most popular veneers in use. We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers.
How Strong are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are typically very strong and durable. This means that they will not be harmed everyday use but that is only within normal parameters. Any activity that could damage teeth (such as biting on hard objects such as nuts and bones) can damage porcelain veneers as well. Since these are not things that are recommended even without veneers, it is probably a good idea not to do them when you have porcelain veneers.
Is the Process Painful?
Having porcelain veneers placed on your teeth is not painful at all and is, in fact, a relatively straight forward process. People with teeth sensitivity might require local anesthesia because part of the process of placing porcelain veneers involves a tiny reduction of enamel. There might also be some increased sensitivity after the veneer is placed due to this enamel reduction but this sensitivity does not typically last very long.
Do Veneers Place One at Risk of Cavities?
No, they don’t. When putting on the veneers, doctors will trim off some of the enamel but it is typically such a small amount that it does not increase the risk of cavities at all. If you maintain a healthy oral care regime and ensure regular dental exams, the chances of getting cavities are very small. When you brush your teeth, ensure that you use a non-abrasive toothpaste that will not damage the veneers.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers will typically stay in place for about 20 years. Unless broken through improper use (biting hard objects etc.), it is not normal for porcelain veneers to break or fall off. The most common reason for veneers to be replaced is the change that happens to the underlying tooth over time. As we age, our gums shrink and recede. The porcelain veneer however doesn’t as it is not living tissue. Eventually, the shifting tooth finally pushes the veneer out. When this happens, the veneer can either be replaced or reattached. This process, however, takes many years to happen.
Do Porcelain Veneers Get Stained?
Normally, porcelain veneers do not get stained. It is, however, a good habit to avoid things that stain your teeth while having porcelain veneers. For example, smoke from cigarettes is known to react with the compound that binds the veneer to the tooth leading to unsightly coloration around the edge of the tooth. If you have porcelain veneers, it is a good idea to avoid smoking.
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