Porcelain veneers make flaws in your smile disappear. Thin and strong, porcelain veneers require minimal reshaping of your natural teeth without weakening them. Common dental flaws, such as chips, gaps, minor misalignments, and discoloration can be corrected. Porcelain veneers can provide long-term beauty and structural support that integrate harmoniously with your surrounding teeth.
Generally speaking, patients who seek long-lasting improvement of teeth affected by chips, cracks, fractures, discoloration, or wear can benefit from porcelain veneers. As there are many other restorative dentistry treatments that can address aesthetic flaws in the teeth, Dr. Falkenstein and Dr. Cauble can assess your needs during a consultation and help you determine which solution is the most ideal for you.
While porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns offer benefits to both the form and function of a tooth, the two treatments differ in a few key ways. Essentially, veneers are used primarily for cosmetic purposes and can work well when there is minimal damage or decay to the tooth structure. Rather than rehabilitating a tooth, porcelain veneers cover only a portion of the enamel to mask minor dental flaws. In contrast, porcelain crowns encompass the entire tooth body and are utilized when a tooth is severely weakened, decayed, or otherwise compromised. A crown is designed to provide much needed structural reinforcement with the hope that treatment can prevent a tooth from extraction.
Cosmetic bonding is another treatment that is often used to address minor aesthetic imperfections. However, unlike porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding uses layers of composite resin to restore the compromised area. While capable of repairing chips and cracks in the enamel, cosmetic bonding is mainly utilized for conservative fixes; it can stain more easily and be less durable than porcelain veneers.
There is typically no recovery period associated with the porcelain veneers procedure. If you experience tooth sensitivity after treatment, this usually diminishes within a week or so after placement of your veneers.
Porcelain veneers require no additional maintenance besides the daily brushing and flossing required to keep natural teeth in good condition. While porcelain can be incredibly long-lasting, take care to avoid excessive clenching, grinding, or pressure on your veneers to help prevent unnecessary damage and prolong their usefulness. We often recommend a custom nightguard after your veneers are in place to protect them at night.
With good oral hygiene habits as well as routine dental check-ups and cleanings, porcelain veneers can last many decades without the need for retreatment.
To learn more about porcelain veneers, or to book an appointment with Dr. Cauble or Dr. Falkenstein, please contact Shevlin Dental Center today.