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Porcelain Veneers: What You Should Know

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What do you know about porcelain veneers?

If the answer is “not much,” don’t worry– you’re not alone. Porcelain veneers are an effective solution to a number of different dental issues, but many people may not realize that they’re an option!

So What Should You Know about Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are artificial covers for your teeth. Typically, veneers are used to either correct for smaller functional issues like chips or gaps in your teeth, or for cosmetic correction like stains or discoloration. Less intrusive than crowns, and with more applications than braces, veneers are a great option to ask your dentist about.

Sound like a good option? We’re not surprised! Veneers are versatile and durable, and can address a wide range of issues. Before you settle on veneers, though, you should know what you’re getting into!

Before Getting Veneers, Know What You’re Getting into

The process for getting veneers installed is, on the surface, pretty simple. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to get the proper shape and measurements, they’ll etch your teeth to improve adhesion, and then they’ll attach the veneer with light-cured enamel.

Dental porcelain isn’t exactly what you’re used to from your kitchen or the china cabinet. Instead, it’s an advanced ceramic that is many times stronger, resistant to both chipping and staining. Properly looked after, porcelain veneers can last around 30 years– an excellent investment for a beautiful smile!

You have to understand that you need to work with an experienced dentist to get the best results from your veneers, because there are many complex factors that contribute to the final appearance.

Caring for your veneers is important!

Caring for your veneers is almost exactly like caring for your teeth in general. Proper brushing is important, both for upkeep of your veneer and the health of the tooth it’s covering! One big difference is your toothpaste. Make sure you’re using a non-abrasive option, as the most common abrasives used in toothpastes are rough enough to start damaging porcelain, even when they’re safe for your teeth. Porcelain veneers are meant to resist staining, and they can go decades without developing stains. But their stain resistance depends on the glazed surface. Abrasive materials can remove the glaze and make your veneers more likely to stain.

Veneers, no matter how well you take care of them, aren’t meant to last forever. The lifespan of an average veneer is about ten to thirty years, so it’s likely that you’ll need more than one set in your lifetime, depending on how old you are when you get them.

If you have any questions about veneers, talk to your dentist. Dr. Clements has decades of experience making smiles bright— if you’re in the Valdosta area, please call (229) 242-5511 or schedule a consultation online today!