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Top 5 Most FAQs About Porcelain Veneers

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Dental veneers were originally created as a temporary way to alter or improve the appearance of actor’s smiles for photo shoots and movie premiers. Dr. Charles Pincus created these in the 1930, and since then, his creation has evolved into a durable, aesthetically-pleasing, permanent solution for millions of famous and not-so-famous dental patients.

With porcelain veneers, anyone can achieve a red-carpet worthy smile! Read this blog to learn more about porcelain veneers and determine if they are the right solution for your smile.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers:

1. What exactly are porcelain veneers?

Dental veneers are tooth-colored, thin shells that cover the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. A dentist bonds the durable shell to the patients tooth once the enamel on the tooth has been prepared.

Each veneer is custom designed by you and your dentist and custom-made in a dental lab. The result will match the rest of your teeth, or if you are replacing an entire arch, the teeth are crafted to fit your preferences, face shape, and smile.  

2. What problems do veneers fix?

Porcelain veneers can address several mild to moderate cosmetic dental problems. These include:

  • Intrinsic dental stains
  • Uneven or misshapen teeth
  • Gaps in the smile
  • Worn down teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

Not every dental problem can be solved via porcelain veneers, but many can! The best way to know for sure is to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist.

3. Who is a candidate for veneers?

Anyone with the above-mentioned dental problems should consider veneers as a possible solution. Additionally, veneers patients must have healthy teeth and gums.

Cosmetic dental procedures are always secondary to restorative dental procedures. Your mouth’s health is of utmost importance. Once you achieve good oral health, your dentist can move forward with porcelain veneers!

4. How do I care for porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers should be cared for just like your natural teeth, but with a few adjustments.

Patients with porcelain veneers should:

  • Brush with a soft bristled toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste in the morning and evening (and after lunch if you can!)
  • Floss after their last meal of the day
  • Use an alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Attend regular dental cleanings and exams

If you tend to grind your teeth at night, a custom mouthguard will be beneficial as well. Additionally, patients who bite their nails, chew on straws, or frequently use their teeth as tools should begin breaking those harmful habits before getting veneers.

When patients adhere to these guidelines, their veneers can last up to 25 years!

5. What are the pros and cons of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are so popular because of how quick the process is and how realistic the results are. To ensure you have the best experience and outcome, be sure to choose a dentist with plenty of experience in designing and placing dental veneers.

Of course, there are always drawbacks to any cosmetic procedure. Veneers require that some of the patient’s dental enamel is removed. This cannot be undone so this option should be thoroughly considered.

Contact Our Cosmetic Dentist

Are you interested in learning if porcelain veneers are right for you? Our experienced and skilled dentist, Dr. Helen Ragsdale is prepared to help you achieve the smile of you dreams with veneers or any of our other cosmetic dental services.

Contact our friendly dental team today at (512) 346-4690 today.


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