If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers can be used to reshape it. From improving the appearance of a single tooth to crafting an entirely new smile, porcelain veneers can be used to give you the exact appearance you desire. Porcelain veneers are one of the most powerful cosmetic dentistry treatments available, and they are as durable as they are attractive, generally lasting ten years or more.
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and finding out if they are right for you, please call 559-431-4488 or email Dr. Donna J. Blair to schedule an appointment at her office in Fresno.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin facades of advanced ceramic that can be used to give your teeth an entirely new appearance. Because they basically replace the entire front and sometimes top of your tooth, they can be used to correct virtually any cosmetic complaint you may have, including:
- Gapped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Small teeth
- Crooked teeth
And in every case they offer advantages over competing treatments. They are stronger, last longer, and are more attractive than dental bonding. They can correct stains that teeth whitening cannot. Because porcelain veneers resist staining, they also give you teeth whitening results that last for years, rather than the months you may see with teeth whitening. And they are a quicker route to a straighter smile than Invisalign—you can have results in less than a month, instead of about a year.
This does not mean they are the best treatment for everyone, but they should be considered if you are looking for a long-lasting, dramatic improvement of your smile.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Many people assume that because of the word porcelain, dental veneers are fragile, but they’re not. Porcelain refers to the whiteness of the ceramic used. The ceramic has nothing else in common with the fragile statuettes in your grandmother’s curio cabinet, it’s actually an advanced heat-press molded composite of glass and plastic, the culmination of decades of research to ensure that veneers have the exact shape and color decided and are free from internal voids and impurities that could lead to early failure.
Because of this advanced technology, most studies show that about 95% of porcelain veneers last ten years or more, with about 84% lasting up to 20 years. That means that if you have six porcelain veneers placed, you will likely only have to replace one in twenty years.
Of course, individual results vary, and you may have to replace veneers sooner if:
- You have an imbalanced bite or TMJ
- You have bruxism (clenching or grinding your teeth at night)
- Your porcelain veneers have been placed on a tooth with a dead nerve
- You do not properly care for your veneers
Proper care of porcelain veneers consists of brushing them with an approved toothpaste, flossing daily, and getting regular dental check-ups. You also have to refrain from using your teeth to open bottles, jars, packages, or nuts (sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds are okay).
To learn more about porcelain veneers and discuss whether they’re the right option for you, please contact Dr. Donna J. Blair in Fresno today for an appointment.