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Is Porcelain Veneer The Right Choice For You?

Porcelain veneers are used to address different types of cosmetic or structural issues in a patient’s teeth ranging from chips, cracks, gaps, alignment or spacing problems and stains. For some, these cosmetic issues matter a lot and they want to get it fixed and get porcelain veneers placed.

For this to be done, a patient must have excellent oral gums and teeth health, follow oral care best practices, have clear-cut goals and expectations (that must be real too) and be open to the dentist about those, and of course, have a right amount of healthy and supple enamel. 

Also, read: How to whiten your teeth in just three minutes

A beautiful smile can win a million hearts. But if you have disfigured teeth structure or stained teeth, you may not give a confident smile to others. Porcelain veneers can revamp your entire teeth structure and give you the chance to give that smile you always desired to.

On the one hand, porcelain veneers give your teeth a beautiful look, and on the other side, veneers can fix discolouration



Here are some of the benefits of porcelain veneers:

  • Durability – Porcelain veneers are made from a robust and tenacious material which comes a long way and is reliable regarding its purpose – you can bite or chew anything you want without worrying about any tooth coming out or getting broken.
  • Long Life – when applied and maintained correctly, these veneers have a life of up to 10-15 years. 
  • Gels Well With Other Teeth – Porcelain veneers (PV) can be customised based on the general colour of your teeth. It quickly mingles with your other teeth, and you may not be able to differentiate unless you are told about it.
  • Customised To Fit Your Set – Each may have a different structure hence veneers are made case by case after sending impressions of the teeth and tailoring the tooth based on size and other needed dimensions.
  • Quick, Pain-Free Procedure – It is only minimal or even no pain with slight sedation, and by the time the effect of sedation is reversed or even before that, the procedure will be complete. 
  • Resistant To Stain – They are perfect to replace your discoloured teeth and do not get any stains even if you have 10 cups of caffeine or any other stain producing food.
  • Improving Looks – Porcelain veneers give you that beautiful smile and look, and work on the chipped, broken or discoloured teeth. This is the primary purpose of PV and is placed on front teeth that are visible.
  • No Recovery Or Waiting Time – As soon as the procedure is complete, you are free to leave the centre and carry on the usual routine activities. Your dentist may suggest you some diet restrictions for 1-2 days after which you don’t need that also. 
  • Complements Other Treatments – When you do any other treatment, you can get a cleaning or whitening done too so that your teeth can give you a brand-new look!
  • Hold Out Your Smile With Confidence – When you can give a hearty smile, you become more confident in yourself and your appearance and can gain more friends.

When Veneers May Not Work For You

Veneers are only for those who have otherwise healthy and disease-free teeth and gum. If there are decays, gum diseases, root canal infection and so on, you can not get veneers placed in your teeth. But when the above issues are treated well, you can get the cosmetic enhancements done.

The procedure is relatively permanent and straightforward one. Usually, a layer of enamel is removed before the dentist attached the PV so that you would need a replacement or another method of healing.

Do not decide to have PV in haste. Think also about a few points like – do you have the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth or clenching the jaw? Then veneer is not for you.

Also, while we can claim that dental porcelain is safe and durable, the bruxism may be so high that it can break or come off. Most of the times, the reasons behind bruxism can be treated and enabling the patients to get veneers.

Moreover, many new dental materials are coming up so that ceramists can create stronger restorations that will be more suited for these patients.

Knowing Your Eligibility

To know if you are eligible for PV, set up an appointment with your dentist. He will review your medical history, check the current oral health and most important condition of your enamel. Once all these parameters are monitored, the dentist will decide about your suitability for placing PV. If you are not eligible, your dentist may suggest alternative solutions.
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