Considering Veneers? Learn The Truth About These Common Misconceptions

June 12, 2019

Whether you are dealing with crooked, stained, or chipped teeth, restoring your smile back to a more appealing state is possible. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of the teeth, improving the look and function of your smile.

Even though so many people are opting for this method of smile restoration, veneers are not well understood. If you are considering veneers to improve your smile, this guide and a dentist consultation will help you understand the truth about a few common misconceptions.

Veneers Are for Celebrities Only

One of the most common misconceptions people believe is that only celebrities can afford to get veneers. It is true that many celebrities understand the importance of a healthy and appealing smile so they invest in veneers with ease. However, anyone can receive and benefit from porcelain veneers.

It is important to think of your smile improvement as an investment. Not only will your new and improved smile benefit your appearance, but a full, complete, white, and bright smile can improve your self-esteem and make a great first impression when meeting others.

Whether you are a movie star or have no celebrity status at all, veneers are a great investment in your appearance, emotional wellness, and relationships with others.

Veneers Look Too Fake

Another misconception you may have about veneers is that they look too fake. While you want to improve your smile, you do not want the smile to appear so perfect that it is obviously fake. Fortunately, with the right design and installation, your veneers will look like a natural part of your appearance.

There are no one-size-fits-all options when it comes to placing veneers. Your dentist will take into account a variety of factors when designing your porcelain veneers. For example, the way you talk, your lifestyle, and the natural shape of your teeth/gums/mouth will all matter when designing the veneers.

Color is also important when designing your veneers. Most people want white and bright teeth, but yellow-white or grey-white are the natural colors and shades of teeth.

When designing your veneers, your dentist bases the porcelain color on your existing teeth color and your skin tone. This will ensure the veneers are whiter than your natural teeth but not so white and bright that they look fake.

Veneers Are Too Fragile

Finally, you may worry that your veneers are too fragile since they are thin and created out of porcelain. Because they are secured directly to your tooth’s surface, veneers are not as fragile as most people believe. In addition, many dentists believe the porcelain veneer is just as strong, if not stronger than, the natural tooth enamel.

The average lifespan of porcelain veneers varies, but most experts state they can last up to 20 years. Of course, proper care is important to protect the look and lifespan of your veneers.

Continue following a healthy oral hygiene routine, which should include brushing and flossing your teeth as recommended. Also, schedule routine cleanings/exams with your dentist. Again, veneers are secured to your natural teeth, so healthy teeth and gums are essential for supporting the veneers.

Avoid using your teeth as tools, as well. Opening packages or bottles with your teeth could damage your teeth and the veneers affixed to them. Force to the mouth could break not only your tooth but also some of the porcelain veneer. If you play sports or participate in other contact activities, consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your newly-restored smile.

Your smile is important, so restoring it back to a healthy and more appealing state is smart. For more information about veneers or other dental services, contact Vanyo Dentistry today.