Frequently Asked Questions: Porcelain Veneers FAQ

Porcelain Veneers FAQ

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  1. What are Porcelain Veneers?
  2. What do Porcelain Veneers treat?
  3. What are the benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
  4. Who is a candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
  5. Will people be able to see that I've had veneers put on my teeth?
  6. When I think "porcelain," I think fragile. Does this mean my veneers will break?

  1. What are Porcelain Veneers?
    Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are permanently bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Each veneer is custom-crafted for you using advanced laboratory techniques to make sure it precisely fits the shape and color of your teeth.
  2. What do Porcelain Veneers treat?
    Porcelain veneers can cover many minor dental problems such as chipped teeth, crooked or uneven teeth, gaps between teeth, and discolored teeth or fillings.
  3. What are the benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
    Porcelain veneers can rapidly conceal minor defects like misaligned teeth without the need for extensive, expensive, and time-consuming orthodontics. Your teeth can look straight in three weeks as opposed to three years. Porcelain is also highly stain-resistant, so once you've covered your discolored teeth, the porcelain will remain white for many years to come even if you smoke or drink staining beverages like coffee or red wine.
  4. Who is a candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
    Anyone who has stained, chipped, or slightly crooked, but otherwise healthy teeth.
  5. Will people be able to see that I've had veneers put on my teeth?
    People will obviously notice your whiter smile. That's the point, but people will not think "veneer" when they look at your teeth. Dr. Spinner is an experienced craftsman, and he will place the veneers so they look completely natural. They have a similar luster to teeth enamel and minor variations in color that make them seem like completely natural teeth.
  6. When I think "porcelain," I think fragile. Does this mean my veneers will break?
    Modern ceramics are very advanced materials, used on everything from the space shuttle and golf clubs to hammers. In fact, the Abrams tank uses ceramic armor and fires ceramic armor-piercing shells. That said, one of the advantages of modern porcelain veneers, crowns, and fillings is that they are not harder than your normal teeth, making it less likely that they cause damage to adjacent teeth during jaw activity. Anything that will break a normal tooth will break a porcelain veneer, filling, or crown.

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