I know every one of us would always look into the mirror and expect to see a face with a dashing smile. However, what greets most of us is a crooked smile that tries in vain to hide the stained, discolored, chipped and uneven teeth that line our mouth. Not to worry though! For with the rise of modern medicinal miracles like the field of cosmetic dentistry, achieving the perfect smile is no longer considered an impossible feat. And one of the more popular ways to do that is to get fitted with porcelain veneers
Porcelain Veneers for a Perfect Smile
So what exactly are porcelain veneers? Also called as laminates, they are made of porcelain as the name suggests, are wafer thin and are custom made for each specific individual who opts for them. These veneers are usually placed in front of flawed teeth to get a better appearance. They also help to minimize existing flaws and irregularities like crooked teeth, gaps in between teeth etc.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers may seem as the best option to take care of flawed teeth. However, they do come with their own share of pros and cons which need to be understood perfectly by the individual in question before opting for the procedure. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers.
You Get a Perfect Smile
There is no denying the fact that porcelain veneers can get you an absolutely perfect and flashy smile. In addition to hiding stained teeth, the veneers can cover potentially embarrassing flaws like crooked teeth or improperly spaced teeth. A better smile in turn would make the individual in question more confident about his/her outwardly appearance.
It’s as Close to the Real Thing as Possible
Porcelain Veneers are very realistic and are not recognizable until a person actually peers right into your mouth (which we reckon won’t happen). The substance used for the veneers, porcelain, is very similar to teeth enamel in its properties. And so, when placed above the teeth the porcelain veneers look exactly like original teeth. The naturalistic appearance that they offer is a major reason why many people opt for them.
Strong and Durable
Lasting up to 10-15 years, porcelain veneers are tougher and more durable than their plastic counterparts. Therefore, there is no need to worry about having to change them every once in a while.
Available in a Variety of Colors
Porcelain veneers are not restricted to just white wafers. There are a variety of shades to choose from and you can possibly choose a shade that makes your teeth look brighter and whiter without necessarily sticking out like a sore thumb.
Resistant to Stain and Discoloration
The best part about wearing porcelain veneers is that you don’t need to worry about them staining after a period of time. The ceramic material that it is, porcelain is glass like in its appearance and is smooth enough to resist even the toughest of stains caused by caffeinated drinks, cigarette smoke and even wine.
Easy Fitting and Maintenance
Unlike other dental procedures that usually take plenty of time to materialize, porcelain veneers are very easy to fit and shape. They take less time to be shaped before the procedure. The actual procedure of placing the veneers on the teeth would also take less than 3 hours, thus making you walk out with a dashing smile within just a few hours.
Porcelain veneers do not require frequent follow up visits to the orthodontist as well. You would be good to go with just one follow up visit after the procedure. After this, there is no additional maintenance apart from the regular brushing and flossing that you do every day.
Realistic, But not Real
Porcelain veneers may give you a naturalistic smile. Even then, they are simply artificial teeth (duplicate copies of your teeth) at the end of the day and so would not be preferred by people who want opt for other dental procedures which would provide natural results.
Porcelain veneers are more expensive than their plastic counterparts. In the USA, a single porcelain veneer can cost up to $1000. Multiply this with the number of teeth that need to be covered with veneers and you get a pretty hefty sum that you need to dish out for the procedure.
Removal of Tooth
The procedure of placing porcelain veneers on the teeth would actually involve the removal of a little amount of teeth enamel in the places where the veneers need to be placed. While the amount of tooth removed for the process would be miniscule in most cases, chances are that the orthodontist would need to remove a big portion of the tooth for the same. This could cause damage to the tooth, resulting in trauma in the worst case scenario.
No Going Back Once You Give the Nod
You need to be extremely clear and precise about your decision to go for porcelain veneers. The procedure provides permanent results which cannot be reversed if you don’t like the outcome afterwards.
Porcelain veneers are tough and resistant and we don’t deny that. Hard as they may be, the veneers can still chip or break under extreme pressure or force (for instance, a blow to the mouth or teeth clenching/grinding). The trouble increases if the individual in question has decayed teeth or suffers from conditions like bruxism.
In these cases, the veneers can break when the person bites down on hard food, or clenches/grinds his teeth forcibly etc. When this occurs, he/she would need to go in for a replacement which would again cost extra.
Increase in Teeth Sensitivity
Your orthodontist would chip away a portion of the tooth enamel before placing a porcelain veneer above it. The removal of the enamel can increase the tooth’s sensitivity to hot/cold foods and drinks.
In certain cases, people fitted with veneers would have difficulty in pronouncing certain words during the first week after the procedure. This would take some time to get corrected but would be a cause for discomfort nonetheless.