Porcelain veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry that involve layering a tooth colored porcelain or composite over the surface of teeth and bonding them in place to correct worn enamel, uneven spacing or tooth alignment, chips, cracks, or tooth discoloration.
Veneers protect damaged tooth surfaces and may avoid the need to perform more invasive dental treatments; however, dental veneers are still considered part of cosmetic dentistry. Veneers can be ideal for protecting teeth because of their durability, their less invasive nature compared to crowns, and their ability to improve your smile and brighten your appearance.
Veneers and Dental Health
Dental veneers are normally manufactured using resin composite materials or porcelain. However, the most popular material is porcelain because it is better at resisting stains than our resin veneers and porcelain is better at mimicking natural teeth in its ability to reflect light. Nevertheless, resin veneers have very strong benefits as well because they are thinner thereby requiring less tooth surface to be removed prior to placement.
Making the choice between porcelain and resin veneers is a deeply personal one and you should consult with your Markham dentist, Dr Nalini Sutharsan, open 7 days a week on the best option for your situation.
What Are the Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers?
Like any medical procedure there are both pros and cons that must be considered before making a final decision. Some of the downsides of choosing porcelain veneers for dental treatment are:
- The process cannot be reversed.
- Porcelain veneers cost more than composite resin veneers.
- If porcelain veneers crack or chip they usually can’t be repaired.
- Your tooth or teeth may be more sensitive to cold and hot beverages and foods.
- You must be extra careful to get as close a color match with your teeth as possible during placement because the color of porcelain veneers can’t be altered once placement is completed.
- Any teeth whitening procedures you plan must be completed prior to having porcelain veneers placed.
- It is possible for porcelain veneers to become dislodged and fall off. To avoid the chances of this happening you should not bite your nails, chew on hard objects such as ice or pencils, or put excessive pressure on your teeth.
- Porcelain veneers do not prevent tooth decay and the need for a crown may become necessary in the future. Teeth with veneers can still experience decay, possibly necessitating full coverage of the tooth with a crown.
- If you have active gum disease, untreated tooth decay, fractures, weakened teeth, or large dental fillings, porcelain veneers should not be placed.
- Clinching and grinding teeth can chip or crack veneers so individuals with these habits should not opt for porcelain veneers.
Maintaining Porcelain Veneers
The thin porcelain shells of veneers can be damaged if they are abused or not properly maintained. Dentists will typically counsel patients about avoiding certain dietary habits such as eating hard foods like carrots and wearing a protective barrier when they sleep, especially if they tend to clinch and grind their teeth.