15 Important Questions to ask about Porcelain Veneers

Veneers fit over teeth

Porcelain veneers fit over your teeth naturally.

Porcelain veneers at Sbenati Dentistry in London Ontario become a work of dental artistry that can enhance your smile, improve or correct your facial structure and do so much more.

The need for veneers has increased recently and they are expected to increase in popularity as more information becomes available.  Now you may not even know what a veneer is and that’s okay!  We are going to take you through 15 questions we get all the time about porcelain veneers.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front part of your teeth that are stronger, last longer, and are more cosmetically appealing than any other alternative.

When should I get porcelain veneers?  

Any adult that wants to enhance their appearance may want to look at these dental veneers as an option because they can change the colour, shape, and size of your natural teeth.  Specifically, as long as your gums are healthy and you have a good bone structure you’ll be able to get veneers.

How do porcelain veneers work?

According to Web MD, these veneers are placed on your teeth to examine the fit and colour before your dentist will trim the veneers to get them to fit perfectly and eventually use cement to permanently mold the veneer to your teeth.  They will last for 7-15 years and will work to improve the overall beauty of your teeth.

Where can I get porcelain veneers?

At Sbenati Dentistry is an amazing cosmetic dentist near London Ontario for your veneers journey which will consist of a consultation, the creation of a custom model, moving from temporary to permanent veneers and finally, you’ll have an enhanced smile.

What do porcelain veneers fix?

These veneers can fix teeth that are discoloured or worn down due to:

  1. root canal treatment
  2. excessive flouride
  3. large resin fillings
  4. chipped or broken teeth
  5. misaligned, uneven, or irregular teeth
  6. teeth with gaps between them

How are porcelain veneers made?

These veneers are made from thin shells of ceramic which are trimmed to fit the front surface of your teeth.  These veneers are built to be strong and resilient like your tooth enamel.

Who should not get porcelain veneers?

According to the Canadian Dental Association, a patient should not get veneers if they fall under the following criteria:

– A tooth has decay or you suffer from gum disease

– If a tooth doesn’t have enough enamel left the veneer may not mold properly

– A crown may work better if too much of the tooth is missing i.e. after a root canal

– If someone grinds their teeth this may chip or cause veneers to crack

Veneers are a work of dental artistry

Can you tell that these teeth have veneers?

Can porcelain veneers stain?

With age and time like your regular teeth enamel, your porcelain veneers can lose their sheen although not as fast as your natural tooth enamel.  However, if you want to slow down your chances of your veneers being stained it is best to avoid dark pigmented foods and staining drinks like red wine.

Does getting porcelain veneers hurt?

At Sbenati Dentistry we promise that “It’ll be more painful than a tickle, but less painful than doing your taxes.”  In most cases, there is very little pain in the process of getting your veneers and they won’t be caused by the actual veneers but simply the amount of reduction and contouring that may cause discomfort.  We focus on contouring the enamel because the enamel does not trigger nerve-related pain leading to a painless experience.

Do porcelain veneers work on buck teeth?

Yes, these veneers can make your teeth look however you want them to look with the help of our digital smile design technology.  In this particular situation, your teeth may need to be trimmed slightly.

Can you get porcelain veneers with gum disease?

No, if you have gum disease that issue will need to be resolved or your dentist may recommend an alternative course of treatment that is unique to your particular situation.

Can you get porcelain veneers without shaving teeth?

Depending on your teeth you may not require any contouring or shaving and the veneers may fit over your teeth perfectly.  If you are sensitive about teeth shaving there are also no-prep veneers that have a quicker process to make your teeth look even better with similar long-lasting results.

Can porcelain veneers fill gaps between teeth?

Veneers can fill or reduce the gaps between your teeth to create a natural-looking smile while being completely invisible.  Nobody will know your little secret as porcelain veneers look exactly like natural teeth.

Can porcelain veneers fix an underbite?

Porcelain veneers and Invisalign are common ways that adults can use to correct an underbite without requiring surgery.  An underbite correction can also be addressed at the same time as other misalignments with veneers or Invisalign like gaps in teeth or tooth decay.

What else do I need to know about porcelain veneers?

According to the Canadian Dental Association, these are must-know facts about dental veneers:

-Veneers need to be brushed and flossed every day

-Veneers need to be placed and sealed perfectly to your teeth to prevent stains or cavities under the veneer, if this happens you’ll have to start over

-They can become chipped so avoid biting hard and chewy objects

-Cosmetic dental treatments like veneers may not be covered by your dental plans like Invisalign or dental devices

Porcelain veneers are the strongest, longest-lasting, and most durable veneer that enhances the beauty while looking the most natural.  They also do not require surgery and can even make you look younger just like a facelift.