Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. They can easily fix a number of cosmetic issues at once, while still looking real. You can achieve a gorgeous Hollywood smile that no one will suspect isn’t totally natural. Plus, porcelain veneers can last for decades with proper maintenance, making them a worthwhile investment.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of dental enamel that are placed on the front of the teeth. They are strong and lifelike, and can be customized to match your natural teeth. Patients often have their teeth whitened before having porcelain veneers placed, so that they can achieve a uniform, bright smile.
In order for porcelain veneers to fit comfortably in your mouth, your natural teeth will need to be shaved down a bit. This process doesn’t hurt, but it is irreversible. If one or more of your dental veneers are broken or fall off, they will need to be replaced.
What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can correct many different types of cosmetic issues with the teeth, including:
- Chips and cracks
In fact, veneers are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because they can cover up mild to moderate cases of crookedness or gapping. However, if you have a more severe case of misalignment, you may want to consider Invisalign.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers?
You may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers if you:
- Have minor to moderate cosmetic issues on any of the front 8 teeth
- Practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly
- Understand that dental veneers are not reversible
- Do not grind or clench your teeth
If you have severe, structural issues with your teeth, porcelain veneers may not be the most appropriate treatment for you. Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment, and are not meant to correct cases of deep dental decay or severe misalignment.
In addition, porcelain veneers aren’t meant for the back teeth. If one of your back teeth needs work, a dental crown may be better. Dental crowns are stronger than porcelain veneers and can withstand the force necessary for chewing.
If you grind your teeth, you may not be a good candidate because teeth grinding can cause dental veneers to loosen or break. However, we may be able to fit you with a night guard to protect your teeth. We’ll discuss your options during your consultation.
How to Maintain Porcelain Veneers
If you maintain your veneers well, they should last for a very long time without any problems. The main causes of problems with veneers are:
- Tooth decay
- Using your teeth as tools
- Chewing on hard items such as ice or pencils
- Trauma to the face
Tooth decay is by far the most common reason porcelain veneers fall off. When cavities form underneath your veneers, they cause the bond keeping your veneers on to loosen and eventually fail. This is why it’s so important to maintain good dental hygiene habits at home and visit us regularly for checkups and deep cleaning.
You can help to maintain your veneers by:
- Brushing and flossing every day
- Visiting the dentist every 4 to 6 months for a cleaning
- Avoiding hard and sticky foods
- Avoiding sugary drinks and foods as much as possible
- Not using your teeth to open packaging
If one of your veneers does fall off or break, we will replace it for you.
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation
If you’re interested in improving your smile through dental veneers, call Flatrock Family Dentistry today at 864-297-5268 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Greenville, Mauldin, Greer, Simpsonville, Taylors, and other nearby areas of South Carolina.