Things You Should Know About Porcelain Veneers: What to Expect, How They Work, and More

Hollywood smiles are in high demand, and porcelain veneers have become an increasingly popular option for people looking to improve their smiles.

Dentists use dental veneers to change the appearance of one’s teeth. These porcelain shells can be as thin and firm as human tooth enamel, or they might have a thinner consistency, but either way, they cover your natural dentin with their smooth surface! Porcelain veneers can help you achieve a more unified smile that hides tooth discolouration, gaps, and cracks.

There are many things to consider when getting dental veneers; this article will outline some essential points.

Is the procedure painful? 

The application of porcelain veneers can be a painless experience overall. The teeth require preparation that includes drilling and shaving off some enamel, but you are given an anaesthetic before beginning the procedure, so it doesn’t hurt much.

The appointment for porcelain veneers is long, so it’s important to inform your dentist about any health problems or discomfort. You should also notify them when you need a break during the procedure because sometimes patients get tired from keeping their mouths open for too long.

You may experience discomfort after the procedure, such as tooth sensitivity. However, innovative technology has allowed dental professionals to create veneers that are thinner and stronger than ever before. This means tooth sensitivity or discomfort will be temporary!

Are dental veneers safe for your teeth?

The options for dental procedures are endless, but porcelain veneers have become popular amongst younger patients who may develop long-term problems. The process of dental veneers requires modification of your teeth to make space and prepare an appropriate surface for application. In many cases, removing more than 3% of tooth structure is justified. This means that you need a dentist who has experience and knows how much enamel should be removed to apply the veneers properly. 

 

Can Porcelain veneers be stained?

You can achieve a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers! They are impervious and won’t stain, so you never have to worry about their discolouration.

They are the ideal solution for patients looking for a long-lasting smile. These dental appliances have been proven to last more than 10 years, meaning patients can enjoy their pearly whites for long.

Are teeth straightening possible with dental veneers?

If you want to straighten your teeth, veneers are not the answer. This is where patients need to discuss either traditional braces or clear aligners like Invisalign. Dental veneers can correct the aesthetic issues caused by crooked teeth, such as staining and discolouration but cannot straighten your teeth.

What recovery looks like after dental veneers?

The procedure of getting porcelain veneers is not as invasive or painful as you may think. In fact, after a free consultation with your dentist, they will usually require you to come down for 2 to 3 more visits to complete the procedure. In mild cases, you may spend about two hours at each appointment for mild cases, all up until about five, depending upon how severe yours becomes – though this varies case by case!

Do Porcelain veneers last forever?

Veneers are best for those looking to improve the appearance of their smile. They can last several years, but not forever, and at some point, you will need them replaced with new ones! They can last up until 10 years, but if you notice any signs of wear or tear, it may indicate getting them replaced.

Are there any associated risks?

It is important to follow all instructions from us before and after the procedure. This might include things like not eating or drinking for designated periods before your procedure.

We will take your medical history and ask about heart conditions or anything else which may pose a risk under sedation.

We will monitor heart rate, oxygen levels and breathing throughout the procedure and make sure you are safe and healthy throughout.

Although you’ll be able to walk and talk normally shortly after coming out of sedation, it is wise to get someone to pick you up and take you home as you may still feel a bit sleepy or disoriented.

Do veneers wear out?

Like any other material, porcelain veneers will change and break down over time. Therefore, it is mandatory to maintain good oral hygiene to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy even when you have dental veneers on.

Unfortunately, over time, veneers can begin receding or decaying near your gum line, making it more likely that you’ll need them replaced for your teeth to look perfect again!

Replacing them is much quicker than original inserts because most preparation work has been completed in the initial treatment!

Do veneers fall off?

Although it is uncommon for veneers to fall off, the glue used in their securing can weaken over time and cause them to become loose. This has been seen mostly with Porcelain which, although is an exceptionally durable material, still shows susceptibility towards chipping/cracking when exposed to too much moisture or warmth from your mouth’s natural temperature fluctuations.

One of the most important things to be mindful of when chewing food is making sure you don’t chew on hard items like ice or raw vegetables. This can cause damage and loosen your teeth’s veneers! So, try cutting up fruits into smaller pieces instead of biting them.

Read about Invisalign vs Veneers.

Can I get dental veneers done? 

To ensure the best possible outcome, your dentist will check for signs of tooth decay or gum disease before recommending porcelain veneers. Those patients showing any infection in their mouth cannot have this procedure done to them and should seek other treatment options first.

A more appropriate population would include individuals who have healthy teeth already but want better-looking smiles!

Want veneers? Tell us about it!

If you are not satisfied with your smile and want to improve the appearance of your discoloured or stained, or chipped teeth, speak to us. Timeless Smiles Dental can examine your mouth and suggest the most appropriate treatment to help you achieve the desired results. Call us at (02) 8073 8386 or drop an email at dentistry@timelesssmiles.com.au to book an appointment. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are porcelain veneers a good idea?

Porcelain veneers are known to improve the look of teeth. They are thin shells of dental Porcelain bonded to the teeth’ front surface to cover chips, cracks, stains, and other flaws. Porcelain veneers can drastically enhance the appearance of your teeth, but they are not a substitute for orthodontic or restorative treatments such as fillings or crowns. Therefore, they should only be considered if you have healthy teeth and gums and good overall dental health. If you want porcelain veneers, it is important to consult a dentist with experience in providing this type of treatment. They will be able to evaluate your dental health and determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.

How long do porcelain veneers last? How do you care for them?

Veneers made of Porcelain usually last for about 10 years, but this varies depending on how well you care for them. Here are a few tips for looking after your porcelain veneers:

  • Avoid eating foods high in sugar or starch, as these can cause staining.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly.
  • See your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
  • Use gentle toothpaste and avoid scratching or abrading the surface of your veneers.
  • Avoid smoking, as this can cause staining.
  • With proper care and maintenance, your veneers should last for many years.
What is better, veneers or Porcelain?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on several factors, such as the condition of your teeth and your budget. Generally speaking, veneers are more expensive than Porcelain, but they also tend to last longer.

Veneers are created using a thin layer of Porcelain placed over your teeth’ front surface. This can be a good option if you have gaps in your teeth or want to change the shape or colour of your teeth. Porcelain is a more rigid material than veneers and is less likely to chip or break. However, it can be more challenging to repair if it chips or cracks.

If you are considering getting veneers or Porcelain, you must ask your dentist about the benefits and risks of each option. Then, they can help you make the best decision for your needs. 

Are porcelain veneers painful?

No, porcelain veneers are not painful. The procedure is quite comfortable, and most people report minimal discomfort afterward. Of course, every person is different, and some may experience more sensitivity than others, but in general, porcelain veneers are not a painful dental procedure. In rare cases, porcelain veneers may lead to tooth sensitivity, but this is typically temporary and can be treated with a desensitizing toothpaste. Also, at times, patients experience slight tenderness in the gums surrounding the veneers, but this usually goes away within a few days. Overall, porcelain veneers are a very safe and comfortable dental procedure with minimal side effects.

If you are concerned about pain during the procedure, talk to your dentist ahead of time. They may be able to provide you with a topical numbing agent or sedative to help you relax.

Are there any disadvantages of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a renowned cosmetic dental procedure. They enhance your smile and can last for many years with proper care. However, like all dental procedures, there are some potential drawbacks to consider before treatment.

The main disadvantage of porcelain veneers is the cost. The procedure can be expensive, and insurance often does not cover it. In addition, porcelain veneers require special care to maintain their longevity. Because they are delicate materials, they can chip or break if you do not take proper care of them. You will need to avoid foods that can damage or stain the veneers, and you will need to brush and floss carefully. Another potential disadvantage of porcelain veneers is that the procedure is irreversible. Once the veneers are placed, they cannot be removed without damaging your natural teeth. This means you must be sure you are ready for the change before undergoing treatment. Porcelain veneers can also cause some sensitivity in your teeth. This is usually temporary and will disappear once your mouth adjusts to the new veneers. However, you should consult your dentist if you experience prolonged or severe sensitivity. Finally, it is essential to note that porcelain veneers will not fix all dental problems. They are primarily used for cosmetic purposes and will not improve the function of your teeth. If you have significant dental issues, such as tooth decay or gum disease, you will need to seek treatment for those problems before getting porcelain veneers.