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Facts about Porcelain Veneers

7 Facts about Porcelain Veneers that You Need to Know

There are many different ways to improve the appearance of teeth but none more effective than porcelain veneers. You may have heard of porcelain veneers referred to as ‘dental veneers’ or ‘dental porcelain laminates’. No matter the name, it’s all the same thing – a thin, customized shell of tooth-coloured material that is designed to be placed over the front surface of your teeth.These customized shells are bonded to the front of your teeth and are designed to change their colour, shape, and size over time as needed. If you have had concerns in the past about the look and appearance of your teeth, or if you are noticing some imperfections that you wish to clean up a bit, porcelain veneers are a highly efficient way to create a more pleasing, beautiful smile. These are 7 facts about porcelain veneers to keep in mind if you are a first-time user.

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#1 They Provide Permanent Results.

When installing porcelain veneers, over time they will require approximately 0.5 mm of tooth reduction in order to do their job. This is not something that can be reversed in treatment. Therefore, though this level of tooth reduction is perfectly safe, it cannot be changed in the future.

#2 Installing Porcelain Veneers Does Not Require An Anesthetic.

Though some patients who are sensitive or anxious may require an anesthetic, the preparation and installation of porcelain veneers does not necessitate the use of anesthetic generally.

#3 They Take At Minimum One Week To Make.

After the shape of your teeth have been captured, it can take up to a full week for porcelain veneers to be made. This is done in a laboratory and are designed to address the specific issues found in your teeth set.

#4 Expect Temporary Sensitivity To Hot And Cold.

After the porcelain veneers have been installed, it is normal to feel a heightened sensitivity to hot and cold. This is due to the removal of a small portion of the tooth’s enamel covering. If this happens, there is no need to worry as it is very common and will likely disappear a few days following placement.

#5 Visits Can Sometimes Be Long.

When installing porcelain veneers, a visit can last multiple hours. This time is required in order to accurately place the laminates with a light-sensitive resin that is then hardened with the use of a white light. This process is required to bond the veneers to your teeth.


#6 Porcelain Veneers Are Not Invisible And Will Withstand The Impact of Almost Any Diet.

A very common question asked about porcelain veneers is what a patient can eat afterwards. Porcelain veneers are very strong when they are in place, able to resist most of the forces in almost any diet.

#7 Don’t Open Nuts, Chew Bones, Or Bite Into Candy Apples.

There are limitations to what porcelain veneers can handle. Think of it like this. Porcelain is a glass and like any glass, it is strong but also brittle. Use common sense when putting together a meal. Chewing on bones after a meal, biting into a candy apple, or opening pistachio nuts can potentially break your veneers.

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