Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?
Do cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth make you feel self-conscious of your smile? Do you not like to show your teeth when you smile? Then porcelain veneers might be the answer you’re looking for.
What Do They Do?
Porcelain are thin porcelain coverings that can improve the appearance of your front teeth. They’re also able to make short teeth look longer and close gaps between teeth.
Porcelain veneers also help you have more self-confidence and not be as hesitant to show your smile. Read on to learn about their benefits, alternatives, and maintenance.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers have a lot of benefits which is why they’re such a popular cosmetic option. They look natural so it’s not glaringly obvious you had dental work done and because they’re porcelain they resist stains staying whiter longer.
When properly cared for they can last from 10 to 15 years. They also preserve a lot of the natural tooth because they’re also minimally invasive especially in comparison to dental crowns and bridges taking off only ½ millimeter from the surface of your teeth.
What Are Some Alternatives?
There are some alternatives to porcelain veneers depending on how serious the condition of your teeth is. If you’re experiencing any pain and need more than cosmetic dentistry, then porcelain veneers likely aren’t the best choice for you.
Dental bonding is a great alternative fix for chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth where a tooth-colored resin adheres to the tooth.
Crowns are a restorative option to protect your teeth and the filling after you’ve had a cavity.
If you have problems that extend to the pulp of your teeth or down into your gums then you may need a root canal and maybe a .
Dental bridges, where a prosthetic tooth is held in place by crowns on both adjacent teeth, are great for replacing missing teeth.
If you decide porcelain veneers are for you, feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists in Wayland and Coopersville.
Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers
You take care of them the same way you care for your other teeth by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once daily. Thanks to being non-porous, veneers do resist stains and cavities, but if you indulge in too many sweets and acidic foods they can lose their luster and become damaged.
If you bite down on ice, your veneer can chip. So if you’re a chronic ice bitter, maybe switch to something softer. Using a fluoride mouthwash is also a good idea because it will strengthen your veneer along with the rest of your teeth.
The good news is your porcelain veneers require next to no additional effort outside good oral health habits to maintain them.