Fact Versus Fiction: Porcelain Veneers

factorfictionLike most other decisions in life, choosing porcelain veneers for your smile can seem like a wonderful idea – until the people around you fill your head with myths and rumors. As you find yourself more deeply involved in your cosmetic dentistry journey toward a prettier smile, you may feel more and more turned around. Rather than attempting to separate fact from fiction on your own, we encourage you to bring your questions directly to us. For now, consider a few key areas that commonly cause concern.

Veneers: Fact or Fiction?

Fiction: We are going to have to remove a significant amount of your tooth tissue before we can adhere the veneers to your teeth.

Fact: In most instances, we will need to remove an extremely minuscule part of your enamel (outer tissue layer) from the teeth receiving veneers with a gentle polishing instrument. This is a preparatory step to ensure your veneers fit beautifully and comfortably.

Fiction: Veneers will require special care.

Fact: Choosing porcelain veneers is beneficial all around. In addition to achieving a more beautiful smile, you can expect to keep that smile looking lovely without extra effort. Brush your teeth twice a day with nonabrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush (and remember to schedule time to see us twice a year). That’s all you’ll need to do.

Fiction: Your smile is going to look beautiful once we place your porcelain veneers – however, it will be obvious that it’s not your natural smile.

Fact: Veneers are very, very thin ceramic casings that we only place on the part of your tooth that is visible to others. The porcelain has a lifelike quality and is carefully crafted – your smile will look beautiful and exceptionally natural.