However, thanks to all of the advances in cosmetic dentistry, achieving the perfect smile you've always dreamt of having can become a reality. While there are many options, porcelain veneers are amongst the most natural looking restorations you can choose from.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom made shells that are designed to cover the front of your tooth or teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to your teeth changing the color, shape, size and length, while also creating beautiful, natural looking results.
Not only do porcelain veneers provide beautiful, natural looking results, they also provide strength and durability comparable to natural tooth enamel. While some veneers are made of a composite resin, porcelain provide have added extra benefit of being stain resist to classic stains like coffee, tea and smoke.
Type of Dental Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix
- Teeth that are discolored or severally stained
- Teeth that have been worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are irregularly shaped, misaligned or uneven
- Teeth that have gaps between them
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
If taken care of properly, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years. While porcelain veneers themselves are not living, the tooth and gums surrounds it are. Say your gum recede, the edge of your veneer may be exposed, resulting in having to replace it or letting it be.
As mentioned earlier in this post, porcelain veneers are very durable, however they can break or chip or crack like any other restoration. How long your Porcelain veneers ultimately depends on you and your oral health routine.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Ideal candidates for porcelain veneers are ones that have good oral health. Unfortunately, if you have gum disease, serious tooth decay, gingivitis, or cracked teeth you would be an unlikely candidate for porcelain veneers. Having any dental problems treated beforehand may give you a better chance of being an ideal candidate.