Porcelain veneers are one of Beverly Hills’ favorite corrective and cosmetic dental procedures. They enhance your smile and update your overall appearance while restoring complete functionality to your mouth. When considering veneers, patients often have several questions regarding the process, their function, and their lifespan. Some of the most frequently asked questions include:
How strong are veneers?
Porcelain is the most durable option for veneers. Its lifespan averages about a decade but it can sometimes last up to twenty years. A strong dental cement is used to bond veneers to your teeth for increased durability. While veneers are strong, it is important to avoid any foods that are too hard or sticky to extend the amount of time they’ll last.
Do porcelain veneers discolor or stain?
Veneers do not stain or discolor like natural teeth. Porcelain effectively repels and prevents staining. It is still very important to maintain the appearance of veneers through a regular oral hygiene routine.
How long does the process take?
Porcelain veneer placement generally takes two visits to your cosmetic dentist to complete. The first visit is preliminary and involves a series of molds and scans to determine a fit and shape of veneers that is custom for you. The customized porcelain veneers then take about a week to manufacture. The veneers will then be bonded onto your teeth during your second visit. A follow-up appointment is necessary to ensure that no complications have arisen.
How do I maintain my porcelain veneers?
A diligent at home oral cleaning routine is essential to maintaining and preserving your porcelain veneers. It is important to brush with a non-abrasive toothpaste twice a day, and floss at least once a day. Regular visits to you dentist for check-ups and cleanings are also important when you have porcelain veneers. Your dentist can spot any issues with your veneers that may have gone unnoticed and correct them before more restorative measures will be necessary.
Are veneers permanent?
Since the procedure requires a slight reduction of the natural tooth, porcelain veneers are irreversible. They may require replacing over time and with wear, however, proper care can extend their lifespan.
Are veneers covered by dental insurance?
Veneers are considered to be an aesthetic dental procedure and are not covered by most insurance companies.
For more information on porcelain veneers, book your appointment with Dr. Rodney Raanan today.