An Introduction to Porcelain Veneers
Do you dream of having a better smile? Would you like one you’d actually look forward to showing off? One you could actually be proud of? While there are countless dental solutions on the market for this very purpose, porcelain veneers are generally considered the best. If you’ve heard of them before, it’s probably because they’ve become so popular among some of the best looking celebrities in all of Hollywood. Here’s some additional information to help you better appreciate why so many love this form of dental surgery.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Let’s start with the very basics. Veneers are any application that covers a surface and provides it with a new surface. This term is often applied to cosmetic repairs used for furniture or homes.
So when we talk about dental veneers, we’re actually talking about improving the aesthetic profile of one’s teeth by applying a new application over them.
You could potentially use a number of different materials for this purpose. Composite options have definitely become more and more popular, given how affordable they are.
That being said, no option compares to porcelain. This material is extremely expensive, but the results can’t be beat. Porcelain is as white as the driven snow, but can also put up a fight against any and all chemicals that may try to chew through your teeth. As such, these veneers keep their whiteness over time.
Who Can Get Porcelain Veneers?
Technically, anyone is eligible for porcelain veneers. Those who usually get them are simply people who want the brightest possible smile. However, many people also get them when they have damaged and/or discolored teeth and want veneers to cover them up once and for all.
How Are Dental Veneers Applied?
This is a good question considering the fact that this isn’t some small-time solution, obviously. Veneers attach permanently to your teeth meaning you need a custom job done. As such, expect at least three visits to your dentist before the veneers are satisfactorily made and permanently applied.
The actual bonding process involved involves cementing the veneers to your teeth. This is the only way to ensure that they stay in place. This happens during your last visit, a visit that will also involve your dentist trimming down and re-working the veneers until they’re perfect for your mouth.
As you can expect, once the cement on the veneers settle into place, they become a permanent part of your smile and will not be able to be removed without professional assistance.
Is It Worth It?
The main drawback to porcelain veneers is simply the expense. You will usually need them replaced or maintained every five to ten years too, so plan for that. But again, if you want the whitest possible smile, you’re not going to find a solution that even comes close to comparing to them. Plus, your gums will tolerate this solution extremely well.
At the end of the day, whether or not this solution makes sense for you is a personal choice. But if you can afford it, most people who have done it will recommend porcelain veneers.