Porcelain veneers within reason allow for the alteration of tooth position, shape, size and color.
They require a minimal amount of tooth preparation – in this case reduction (approximately 0.5 mm of surface enamel) – and are, therefore, a more conservative restoration than a crown, which requires significant removal of sound tooth structure.
Although not the only alternative for all esthetic abnormalities, they are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.
1. What happens to my teeth after veneers, and will I ever get cavities?
The integrity of veneered teeth is only marginally compromised, and the veneer is bonded to the existing teeth.
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There is no higher incidence of decay provided the veneers are properly cared for as previously mentioned with regular flossing and brushing with toothpaste.
Keep your sugar consumption low and confined to meal times, good dental advice generally to prevent decay.
2. How long will porcelain veneers last?
In my experience they can last from seven to twenty years. While the veneer itself is inert and non-living, the tooth or teeth to which they are attached and the surrounding gum tissues are living and may change.
For example, gum line shrinkage may expose or reveal root surfaces.
If a veneer comes off it can generally be rebonded. If it chips it can sometimes be rebonded or otherwise replaced.
3. If I have my upper teeth treated with porcelain veneers, will my lower teeth still be a different color, or more yellow?
This is certainly a factor that will be discussed during your evaluation and smile design so that everything matches and blends well. Most patients usually whiten the lower teeth with whitening (bleaching) procedures to ensure a good match.
4. Do porcelain veneers stain with normal things like tea, coffee and wine?
Porcelain veneers should never stain; however; if your teeth have a propensity to stain you should try to avoid or minimize the behaviors that lead to staining and look after them as recommended above with normal hygiene and maintenance procedures.
5. Does dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?
Some insurance companies will cover up to 50% of the fee they deem customary. However, it depends upon what your employer has contracted for with your insurance company rather than what your dentist is charging.
Don’t forget your dentist also has to pay the dental technician who actually fabricates the veneers, a critical component in the fee.