What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers in valparaiso indiana (also known as instant orthodontics) are a popular treatment option for patients who have misaligned, crooked, discolored, or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are designed to fit the unique structure of your mouth and shade of your natural teeth by adhering thin porcelain shells to the surface of your tooth or teeth. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are made of composite resin that is adhered to the surface of your tooth or teeth. Patients may consider going with composite veneers because they are more cost effective, take less time to be placed, and the procedure is reversible.

Although there are other treatment options for these issues, many patients will choose porcelain veneers due to their durability, thinness, and natural appearance.

Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?

Although porcelain veneers can be a wonderful treatment option for many patients, they are not always the perfect option for every particular case. To be a good candidate for porcelain veneers, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Healthy gums and teeth. Veneers are a wonderful cosmetic solution, but before having them placed, your dentist will want to ensure that any decay or disease that might be present is treated first.
  • Do not have bruxism. Patients who grind or clench their teeth are at an increased risk of breaking or chipping their veneers. If you suffer from bruxism but want to pursue the porcelain veneer option, talk to your dentist about night guards.
  • Have reasonable expectations and understand the consequences. The longevity of your veneers will vary depending upon your particular case and how well you maintain your oral health, but porcelain veneers will eventually need to be replaced. It is also possible that they can become loose, which will require new veneers to be placed. Finally, it is important to understand that once the enamel has been removed, the process cannot be done. For these reasons, it is essential that you discuss treatment options and what you can expect from this procedure with your dentist before you commit to having it done.

What are the Advantages of Porcelain Veneers?

One of the biggest advantages to porcelain veneers compared to composite veneers is durability. Porcelain veneers are significantly stronger than composite veneers and can last as long as twenty-five years, provided they are properly cared for, whereas composite veneers will typically need to be replaced every five to seven years. One of the primary drawbacks to porcelain veneers is that they do cost more than composite veneers, but due to their longevity, the overall difference in cost between porcelain veneers and composite is not as significant as it initially seems.

Along with added durability, porcelain veneers also have a distinct advantage of allowing patients to preserve the natural appearance of their teeth. Porcelain veneers are also much more resistant to chipping or staining compared to composite veneers. This added strength means you will not have to make any alterations to your diet and are less likely to require maintenance appointments.

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