Questions about Porcelain Veneers

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What are porcelain veneers used for?

Porcelain veneers address most common cosmetic dental problems, including:

Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers?

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, you are probably a good candidate for porcelain veneers. If your teeth are badly misaligned or severely damaged, treatments such as ClearCorrect or a dental crown may be more appropriate. Austin cosmetic dentist Dr. John Schmid can help you decide what is right for you.

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers have many benefits, including:

Veneers are strong and resist cracks and breakage. Porcelain veneers can be used for many different cosmetic issues, and tend to last many years before replacement is necessary.

Is the porcelain veneers procedure painful?

You are unlikely to experience any pain during the process. In one of the appointments, a minimal amount of enamel is removed from your teeth, but this step should not be painful. If you are generally uncomfortable at the dentist, you may feel some discomfort during this process, but you should not feel any pain in your teeth or gums.

Do porcelain veneers require special care?

Caring for your porcelain veneers is really the same as dental hygiene and teeth cleaning for your natural teeth. You continue to brush and floss your teeth as you do normally. Although the veneers themselves are not susceptible to tooth decay, cavities can form around the edges of the veneers and on the back of your tooth.

How can I prevent chipping my veneers?

To prevent chipping and breaking your veneers as well as your natural teeth, you should avoid bad habits such as chewing ice, biting on pens or pencils, or opening things with your teeth. You may be advised against porcelain veneers if you habitually grind your teeth at night, a condition called bruxism. Sometimes breakage is unavoidable, such as when you sustain an injury to the mouth.

Because porcelain veneers resist stains and breakage, you should be able to enjoy your original veneers for many years. At some point, your veneers may crack, or they may become dingy, at which point you will probably want to replace them. In some cases, veneers last 10 years or more, but there is no definite point at which they will need to be replaced.

If you live in Austin or Round Rock and are interested in porcelain veneers, please contact Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation.

  • Chips
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Tooth size and length
    • Durability
    • Versatility
    • Stain resistance
    • Natural appearance