Porcelain veneers are incredibly thin custom-made shells that are usually designed to cover the surface of teeth. They are teeth-colored and their usual usage is to improve the appearance of a person’s smile. These shells are adapted to the front of the tooth taking the same color, shape, length and size of the tooth they are applied to.
Porcelain veneers resist staining pretty well and mimic light reflecting properties that teeth have incredibly well so they appear to be natural on the teeth. They are able to fix a few problems on your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are usually used to fix broken or worn down teeth, chipped teeth, irregularly shaped teeth or gapes between teeth and teeth that are discolored. These are mostly aesthetical issues but solving them can help improve the self-confidence of a patient.
Porcelain veneers have numerous advantages, the main one being that they provide a natural tooth appearance. On top of that, gum tissue tolerates porcelain fairly well and as such, veneers are an incredibly good way of whitening the color of a tooth and improving its general appearance.
The process of applying a porcelain veneer is, however, irreversible. If you choose to apply one you cannot remove and it is incredibly hard to repair a veneer should it chip or break. Moreover, although unlikely, it is possible to have a veneer fall off or dislodge. Habits such as chewing on ice, biting nails and chewing pencils need to be avoided.
Finally, porcelain veneers usually last between 5 and 10 years, depending on the amount of pressure you apply on your teeth. Before getting a porcelain veneers, it is advisable to see your dentist and confirm that they are the best option since veneers are not a good choice for individuals with unhealthy teeth as they make the teeth more sensitive.