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Questions about Veneers

Frequently Asked Questions about Porcelain Veneers

There are many questions that first-time veneer patients come to dentists with regarding the nature of their treatment, what to expect afterwards, and if there are any things that they should be avoiding while wearing their porcelain veneers. These are some of the most common frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers that we can address right here.

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Can I Still Get Cavities Wearing Porcelain Veneers?

Concerns related to what might happen to your teeth if a cavity presents itself during or after the use of veneers is a highly common question. It is important to understand that the integrity of the veneered teeth has been marginally compromised as the veneer has now become bonded to the corresponding teeth. In addition, as long as one flosses and brushes regularly, there should be no further incidences of decay. Many dentists also recommend keeping sugar consumption as low as possible and to restrict the consumption of sugar to meal times. This will help to prevent decay in the immediate future.

Will Tea, Coffee or Wine Stain My Porcelain Veneers?

Unlike regular teeth, no, porcelain veneers are not made to stain. Having said that, if your teeth have a propensity to stain, try to avoid or minimize the behaviors that lead to staining. Normal oral hygiene and porcelain veneers maintenance procedures are required in order to maintain the state of your veneers as well.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

They last anywhere from 7 to 20 years depending on how they are maintained and cared for. Though the veneer is non-living, the teeth to which they are attached and surrounding gum tissue are living and thereby the state of them may change over time. Gum lines, for example, can shrink and reveal or expose root surfaces. If a veneer does come off, it can generally be bonded again. If a veneer experiences a chip, it may need to be replaced in full or, in some cases, bonded again.

Will My Teeth Be Different Colours If I Only Apply Porcelain Veneers To One Row?

This is something that ultimately needs to be discussed with your dentist during the evaluation and smile design process. If you treat only your upper teeth with porcelain veneers, it is likely to leave your lower teeth a different colour as well as to potentially make them look more yellow than they actually are. This is not uncommon. To blend them well, most patients will usually undergo a bleaching procedure to the row of teeth that are not being veneered in order to maintain a consistent colour.

DOES MY DENTAL INSURANCE COVER PORCELAIN VENEERS?

The Cost of Porcelain Veneers

Though it depends upon what insurance company you are with, some insurance companies will cover up to as much as 50 percent of the cost that they deem customary. It is always important to get a thorough, qualified estimate for any dental procedure such as porcelain veneers and to go over it with your dentist to ensure that you are comfortable with the cost. Also, do not forget that the dentist does need to pay the dental technician who actually fabricates the veneers, further driving up the cost of the fee.

Molson Park Dental Office

If you have any concerns that have not been answered in these frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers, don’t hesitate to contact the Molson Park Dental Office in Barrie or Toronto for more information. As one of the least invasive restoration procedures that dentists have at their disposal, anyone seeking a cleaner, beautiful smile would be highly recommended to consider porcelain veneers.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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