Unless you have a dental problem that has only one very clear fix, you can expect that your dentist will present you will a couple of options. But unless you feel you have a clear idea about what you want, it can be hard to make this decision. In this blog, we want to take a closer look at the pros and cons of porcelain veneers.
By familiarizing yourself with what veneers are, and where they are best deployed, we’re confident you’ll feel comfortable having the conversation about the best way forward with dentists at LN Dental.
What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?
It is not an exaggeration to say that veneers can change your life. They’ve become super popular as they are a fast and effective solution to a variety of dental problems. They’re an excellent solution in most cases for those with conditions such as:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Lost teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Tooth discolouration
Let’s unpack this a bit and take a look at the strengths of porcelain veneers as a treatment pathway.
Porcelain veneers are minimally invasive
Typically, porcelain veneers are fitted over existing teeth. While there is some filing that needs to be done to make an existing tooth fit within the veneer, this process is far less invasive than some alternative choices.
In particular, this method only sharpens teeth with very little content. According to experts, removing a small amount of the original enamel is essential to create space to fit within your teeth, restore the function of the teeth accurately, and create more regular and harmonious teeth. Dental veneers do not require shaping as much as most other cosmetic dental methods, but they are more resistant and beautiful.
Porcelain veneers are easy to care for
For a range of conditions, veneers present a highly effective solution that requires virtually no extra maintenance. Provided you are practicing good oral hygiene, veneers are a highly effective and lasting solution that requires virtually no further input.
Porcelain veneers are highly durable
Porcelain is a type of ceramic that is highly durable and doesn’t stain easily. They’ll continue looking brilliant for years as they are not so susceptible to damage as natural teeth and can be replaced in the off chance that is required.
Porcelain veneers appear natural
At LN Dental, we develop bespoke veneers using a mold taken directly from your mouth. This ensures that the fit is appropriate and that we can ensure a natural look – a goal made easily achievable by the time spent developing your veneers before installing them.
Even those with uneven spaces or a large gap between the teeth can use gluing porcelain veneer instead of having painful braces for a long time. It is an ideal “camouflage” form to cover the space between teeth that other people cannot see. It is more interesting than seeing immediate results instead of waiting for months or years, such as brace techniques.
Long-term whitening effects
You have a habit of drinking coffee or smoking cigarettes, and therefore, you often have to go to the dental clinic to whiten your teeth. The good news for you is that when using a kind of aesthetic porcelain veneer, it means that you have protected yourself from the yellowing effects such as coffee or tobacco.
Therefore, they are a good option for patients who want to whiten their teeth more permanently instead of yearly whitening.
What are the disadvantages of the porcelain veneer?
We’ve taken a close look at some of the strongpoints of porcelain veneers. But there are instances in which they may not be the best choice for you. Let’s unpack what sorts of conditions might not be best remedied with porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers won’t resolve sensitivity to hot, cold foods
For patients that experience sensitivity to hot and cold, porcelain veneers are not always the best choice. Removing enamel can make sensitivity issues worse, and the porcelain barrier is not always effective at remedying this.
Porcelain veneers are not easy to replace
In the uncommon event that a veneer is damaged, the unfortunate news is that often the entire veneer must be replaced. It is not often possible to fix broken portions, and your dentist will often need to create an entirely new veneer.
Porcelain veneers will age more slowly than your regular teeth
Porcelain veneers are highly durable and resistant to staining – but what that means is that eventually the difference between your regular teeth and your veneers will become apparent. Teeth tend to fade in colour over time, and your veneers will still do so, just much more slowly.
Veneers are not ideal for those with advanced gum disease
Veneers are not the right choice for those with gum disease, weak tooth enamel, or related problems. Veneers placed over teeth or gums with these problems may exacerbate issues down the track.
Contact LN Dental Clinic for more information
Veneers are an extremely popular solution for a reason. They make for a simple and lasting solution to a range of cosmetic problems and can do so without any special requirements after the fact. But it is important that you consult directly with a dental professional.
We encourage you to get in touch with us at LN Dental in Chester Hill. Our dentists have years of experience in helping our patients restore their smiles – and we can help you understand your options. For more information contact us at (02) 9644 1499 or book an appointment today.
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