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Porcelain Veneers Benefits and Limitations

Porcelain veneers offer a plethora of advantages for individuals whose smiles are affected by chipped, stained, misaligned, or gapped teeth. As a minimally invasive procedure that can provide a long-lasting, natural-looking solution to so many aesthetic dental imperfections, porcelain veneers continue to help countless patients everywhere achieve a bright, renewed smile. Even many Hollywood stars and celebrities remain camera-ready by using porcelain veneers to enhance their smile. With these advanced treatments, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, has helped patients from all walks of life achieve the most immaculate smile possible.

The benefits of porcelain veneers are numerous. Unlike more invasive and lengthy procedures, veneers can correct most flaws in only two appointments and achieve results that have the potential to last decades. They are custom-designed to fit your teeth for optimal comfort and shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. Not only can veneers provide a solution to chips, gaps, cracks, and uneven teeth, but the porcelain material used in the creation of the veneers can also restore the teeth to a whiter, more youthful appearance. Porcelain is virtually stain-resistant and typically immune to discoloration from coffee, wine, and tobacco products.

However, as with all procedures, porcelain veneers have limitations. While they often last for decades, veneers are not permanent and may require replacing after 15-20 years. Nevertheless, porcelain is more durable than other veneer types, such as those made from plastic composite material. Furthermore, while extremely durable, porcelain veneers can become fractured while forcefully grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep. If this is a concern, a customized oral appliance can help prevent the potential for veneer damage. Lastly, porcelain veneers are not usually covered by dental insurance; however, this advanced dental treatment can serve as a valuable long-term investment that restores your smile as well as your confidence for decades to come.

Porcelain veneers are designed to be a simple, effective, and beautiful way to correct many dental flaws. If you have questions about how porcelain veneers can work for you, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sands today.