Want the most dramatic and quickest way to makeover your smile? In most cases, porcelain veneers are the solution. Porcelain veneers involve the placement of wafer thin shells of porcelain on the front surface of your visible teeth. They can be used for teeth that are gapped, chipped, discolored or even crooked! If you are considering this innovative cosmetic dental procedure, these frequently asked questions may help you gain more insight:
- Can I get the veneers taken off in the future?
- Porcelain veneers require that approximately 0.5 mm of your front tooth enamel be shaved off. This is to allow the veneer to bond strongly against your tooth. Therefore, veneers are considered an irreversible procedure in cosmetic dentistry. However, it is certainly one that very few patients regret!
- Can my teeth ever get cavities after veneers?
- The veneer itself is not vulnerable to decay. However, your veneers are bonded directly to your existing teeth. The treated teeth have only lost a very minimal portion of enamel. Therefore, the risk for tooth decay stays the same. Regular brushing and flossing is still imperative to retain optimal dental health and protect your new smile investment.
- How long will my porcelain veneers last?
- This can vary widely depending on your age, the condition of your oral health and how well you care for your veneers. Veneers can last anywhere from seven to twenty years. If the treated teeth or surrounding gum tissues change, the veneer may be more likely to come off. Most of the time, the veneer can simply be rebounded in place.
- What if my lower teeth look yellow in comparison to the upper teeth treated with veneers?
- This will certainly be discussed during your evaluation. If you are only treating your upper teeth with veneers, it is common for patients to find that their bottom teeth appear extra yellow, dull or dingy in comparison to the brilliant hue of the veneer. Don’t worry; a professional whitening treatment can usually remedy this concern.
- Can I still get veneers if I grind my teeth at night?
- Always tell us if you grind or clench your teeth. It will be necessary to protect your veneers from this habit so that you don’t ruin your investment. A simple custom mouthguard should be considered if you grind your teeth while you sleep.
- Will my veneers be covered under my dental insurance?
- While there are some insurance companies that cover up to 50% of the fee, many insurance plans do not provide benefits for cosmetic dental procedures. This shouldn’t make you shy away from this life-changing investment. At Avalon Dental Group, we offer flexible payment options and financing plans for situations just like this!
Have more questions about porcelain veneers? We’d love to answer them. Call Avalon Dental Group today.