In the past, dental veneers never quite looked like natural teeth because porcelain was not the standard for veneers treatment. In fact, most veneers were only meant to be worn for a short period of time, such as being used by movie stars who only needed them to change their appearance for an upcoming scene. Now, not only can they be made to last many years, but anyone can take advantage of them! If your smile is filled with cosmetic imperfections, porcelain veneers are incredibly effective at hiding all of them at once! To learn more or get started, give our dental office a call today!
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin sheaths of dental ceramic that are designed to cover the teeth visible in your smile. Over the years, porcelain and dental ceramics have become more common in dental offices, largely for their esthetics. However, improved manufacturing has made them incredibly durable as well. On average, porcelain veneers, for example, can last over 10 years when practicing daily oral care. Keep in mind that in order for the veneers to look natural, a small amount of tooth enamel needs to be removed, making the treatment permanent once performed. We’ll always help you go over your cosmetic options.
It’s clear that porcelain is an ideal material for both esthetics and durability, but it’s not the only benefits you can expect from treatment. For one, dental porcelain is incredibly smooth, unlike natural tooth enamel. In comparison, tooth enamel carries an incredibly porous structure, making it easy for liquids to seep into. If you’ve ever consumed a richly-pigmentated food or beverage before, you’ve probably noticed your teeth turn the same color. This is because your tooth enamel’s many cracks and crevices have absorbed the substance. Without removal, this can permanently stain your teeth, causing it to turn yellow.
Because of porcelain’s incredibly smooth texture, stains are less likely to adhere to your new smile. Stains can still seep into porcelain, but not nearly as much as it would on worn-down tooth enamel. As long as you brush after meals containing staining foods and beverages, you can keep your smile white for many years.
Furthermore, porcelain veneers can hide a number of imperfections at the same time, helping you save money on other cosmetic treatments. Along with hiding chips, cracks and permanent discoloration, porcelain veneers can even hide gaps that would otherwise require orthodontics to fix.