Facts and Myths About Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can fix a variety of dental concerns, like cracked, misshapen, or discolored teeth, to enhance your smile for a more uniform and brighter appearance. Surprisingly, despite the major advances in dental technology and the overall benefits of porcelain veneers, there are still quite a few myths and misunderstandings surrounding them. The expert family and cosmetic dentistry team at Smiles N Braces in Danville, California, dispels a few of the most common myths — and give you the facts — about porcelain veneers.

Myth: Porcelain veneers are fragile, and they chip easily

Thirty years ago, there was more truth to this statement than there is today. In fact, today’s veneers are stronger than ever before. Just as your natural teeth are not indestructible, it’s also possible to damage veneers, but if you treat them as you would your own teeth, brushing and flossing to maintain good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled checkups, veneers are a durable addition to your mouth for 10-15 years, on average.

Of course, once you do have veneers (and even if you don’t), it’s never a good idea to use your teeth to open plastic packages, twist-off bottle caps, or as a method of breaking something in half. Treat your veneers and all of your teeth with care so they don’t chip, crack, or (worse!) fall out.

Fact: Veneers look and feel like your natural teeth

It’s true, especially when your cosmetic dentist is skilled both technically and aesthetically, like the team at About Smiles. Whether you’re covering up gaps, camouflaging a cracked or chipped tooth, or making your teeth more uniformly shaped, nobody will be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and the ones with veneers.

Porcelain veneers improve your smile in both form and function, and they’re custom-made for each individual tooth so they align with each other and your gum line. The only thing friends and family will notice is your new and improved smile, but they won’t be able to tell which teeth have veneers and which ones don’t.

Myth: You sacrifice a lot of your enamel to prepare teeth for veneers

Unlike crowns, which require your dentist to remove all or most of an existing tooth, with veneers, your dentist removes very little from the surface of your teeth to prepare them for veneers. In fact, it’s usually less than a millimeter. Since the porcelain veneer is approximately the same thickness as the amount of enamel your dentist removes from the tooth, once the veneer is in place, your teeth are very similar in size as they were prior to adding the veneer.  

The reason your dentist removes any of your enamel is to provide a more adhesive bonding surface for the porcelain veneer. This slight etching of the tooth’s surface ensures that your new veneers adhere securely and permanently to your teeth.

Fact: Even teeth that resist whitening treatments get brighter with porcelain veneers

Although professional whitening products are more potent and effective than at-home whitening kits sold over the counter, there are still some stains they can’t improve to the level you may desire. Teeth that have dark, blueish-gray stains as a result of tetracycline medications, or those that are more brownish than yellow, don’t always lighten as much as you’d like with bleaching treatments. To achieve your desired level of dazzle, porcelain veneers can provide an instant transformation.

If you have cracked, misshapen, or gapped teeth, or you desire an overall whiter, brighter smile, come see us at our offices in Danville, California to learn more about the benefits of porcelain veneers. We love helping people of all ages feel confident about their teeth and believe a beautiful smile begins with a healthy mouth.

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