Porcelain veneers are an investment in your smile and non-reversible. It is important to answer any questions you may have prior to placing veneers. Listed below are a few frequently asked questions about veneers.
Do veneers look natural?
Yes. If your dentist can show you a great portfolio of veneers that they’ve worked on, takes time to consult and address your needs, and truly scrutinizes over the details, you can bet on having a set of teeth that you’ll love. If your dentist is incredibly trained and experienced, you should have no worries.
Will veneers match my other teeth?
Your veneers will be custom matched to your teeth for the most natural appearance. Many people get their veneers in a shade whiter than their teeth and have their teeth professionally whitened to match.
Will my teeth be sensitive after having them placed on?
Some people experience sensitivity to temperature a few days following veneers placement. Eventually you should have no extra sensitivity.
Do porcelain veneers stain?
No. They should never stain.
Do veneers chip or crack?
Because veneers are made of porcelain, they are very strong, but can crack if put under stress. Chewing on hard, sticky candy or pens and plastic can chip them. Use common sense and avoid chewing on food or objects that could compromise the strength of your veneers.
Will I get cavities?
Veneers do not make your teeth more susceptible to cavities. However you must continue to brush and floss regularly to prevent cavities, even with veneers.
How long do veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last between 7 and 20 years. Your gum line may change over time, though, and your veneers may need to be replaced or re-bonded.
What kind of care do my veneers need?
To keep your veneers in great shape, make sure to brush your teeth daily and floss regularly. Some people like to use a waterpik to floss instead of thread floss. Avoid abrasive scrubbing and polishing agents and be sure to remind your hygienist of this before cleanings.