Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are an excellent treatment option in improving your smile in a short period of time. With careful planning, your overall smile can be greatly improved. Each veneer is individually crafted for each tooth and patient. This is a custom treatment. Porcelain veneers are quite resistant to staining due to food and/or tobacco. They are very durable and easy to maintain. Also, since only a small amount of natural tooth is removed, the bulk of your tooth is intact which does not decrease the strength of your tooth significantly.
If porcelain veneers are maintained well with proper oral hygiene and protected from any excessive biting forces such as clenching or grinding, your veneers should last a long time.
Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers
As some tooth structure is removed to allow proper placement of the veneer, the procedure is irreversible. You can never get the tooth back to the original condition. As well, properly maintained veneers can last a very long time (possibly decades) however, at some point in your life, they may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons.
There is some downtime waiting for the laboratory to make your veneers usually about 2 weeks or so. During that time, you will have some very carefully made temporary veneers on your teeth. Dr. Vlahos will ensure that these temporary veneers will be esthetically satisfying to you during that time.
After the veneers have been placed on your teeth, your natural teeth may exhibit some temporary temperature sensitivity. Usually, this goes away within a short period of time. Sometimes, it can last a while longer and uncommonly, can progress to a toothache. Your tooth may need some more treatment to eliminate the pain or sensitivity.
Porcelain veneers are pretty strong but they can be damaged with any excessive biting forces like clenching or grinding. Typically, a nightguard appliance will be recommended to prevent any damage that might happen during any clenching/grinding while you sleep. Also, be very aware of using your teeth to open bags, hold things, eating utensils, bottle/glasses, etc. If you play any sports that involve physical contact, a sports guard is highly recommended.