Choosing whether to have veneers is a significant decision to make. While we encourage you to speak with Dr. Joseph for an honest evaluation and input, we want you to have the correct information while looking into veneers and any risks or long-term effects they may have for your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a permanent, safe, and effective way to change the look of one or more teeth.
Veneers do not cover all of your teeth; they are applied to the teeth most likely to be noticed, the upper or lower front teeth, on the face of the tooth only. Although not for everyone, veneers are aesthetically effective for front teeth dental conditions.
Read more about the cosmetic procedure, porcelain veneers, and more specialized and family dental services in our blog post, Can a Family Dentist Also Perform Cosmetic Dentistry?
Veneers are made of thin, semi-transparent porcelain layers and are perfect for:
- Concealing a chipped tooth
- Creating the illusion of a larger tooth
- Deceiving the eye to change the shape of a tooth
- Covering a space between two teeth
- Hiding a break in a tooth
- Drawing attention away from a permanently discoloured tooth
- Changing the look of a crooked tooth
- Porcelain resists staining
What are the risks, side effects, or long-term effects of veneers?
Risks associated with porcelain veneers are few. The preparatory work is a standard procedure.
- Porcelain veneers are permanently bonded over your existing teeth:
A thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth’s surface. Enamel cannot be added back onto the surface; the tooth must forever be protected from decay, making the veneer procedure irreversible.
- Veneers may chip, wear down, or in extreme cases, fall off:
A cracked or chipped veneer exposes the tooth to the possibility of decay. Although veneers last a very long time, up to 20 years, there may come a time when damage means a veneer requires replacement.
- The likelihood of tooth sensitivity is possible:
Some people’s teeth have less enamel than other peoples’. Your consultation with Dr. Joseph will help determine whether you are a good candidate for a veneer application.
Can you go too white with veneers?
Yes, the look you strive for is natural; extreme white will always read as artificial.
If a white smile is your goal, Dr. Joseph alternatively suggests a teeth whitening program, which includes custom-moulded-trays and a take-home whitening kit.
Caring for teeth with veneers:
- Keep the veneered teeth healthy:
Brush and floss your teeth to maintain the health of your teeth to ensure your veneered teeth do not get cavities.
- Use a sensitive toothpaste:
Abrasive toothpastes can dull and scratch the porcelain veneers.
- Keep up with dental visits:
Your dentist will perform a thorough cleaning of the teeth and check your veneers regularly.
- Do not bite hard things:
Hard objects can chip and crack your veneers.
Are you considering porcelain veneers in the London, ON area? Contact Dr. Joseph’s Dental office for more information.