The Good and Bad of Porcelain Veneers
Here’s the thing about Hollywood smiles: if they’re too pretty, you’re most likely seeing “fake” teeth. Countless celebrities have confessed that their flawless pearly whites are not their natural teeth, but porcelain veneers.
WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Porcelain veneers are made of wafer-thin ceramic material fused to the outer side of teeth. Veneers are used to conceal common imperfections such as chipped, discolored, and weird-shaped, misaligned teeth. If you want a Hollywood-branded smile, porcelain veneers are the solution.
Aside from creating a natural-looking yet perfect smile for you, dental veneers offer other advantages as well. For one, they’re stain-resistant; this is a big plus if you love to drink red wine and you hate getting wine teeth every time you treat yourself to a goblet. Also, if you’re a heavy coffee or tea drinker, you can stop worrying about picking between “feeling alive” in the morning and maintaining a pretty smile. You don’t have to give up coffee to keep your teeth white.
A GREAT INVESTMENT
It’s important to point out as well that porcelain veneers are great investments for a beautiful smile because despite being very thin, they are actually incredibly durable. With proper maintenance, they can last up to 10 to 20 years. Plus, it’s a quick solution to your smile aesthetic concerns. With its application you can automatically transform the look of your smile.
Now, despite the many benefits provided by this dental solution, porcelain veneers do have some downsides to them.
The first one is they do have the tendency to break especially if you like to use your teeth as “tools” (which you shouldn’t be doing). You can’t expect the same tooth strength from dental veneers. You need to be extra careful not to damage them, especially considering how much they cost.
Second is you will have to sacrifice the original structure or shape of your natural teeth. In order for dental veneers to fit beautifully and securely, a part of your enamel will need to be removed. Therefore, without the veneer, you don’t get the original look of your teeth back.
With scraped off enamel, nerve endings will be exposed and you will feel changes in temperature more because of this. You’ll definitely feel some discomfort when you drink hot or cold beverages. If you do experience teeth sensitivity though, your dentist may recommend you to use specially formulated toothpaste.
Now that you know the good and the not-so-good aspects of porcelain veneers, you can make a more informed decision on whether to get them or not. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist.