Commonly Asked Questions About Porcelain Veneers

Commonly Asked Questions About Porcelain Veneers

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain pieces that are bonded to your teeth to cosmetically enhance their look and feel. Porcelain veneers have a natural habit to reflect light, the same way our teeth do so it’s an ideal material for most cosmetic procedures in dentistry.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are virtually suitable for everyone, but a select few are exempt from having them installed. Since porcelain veneers are well known for their ability to instantly correct mildly crooked teeth, and resolve diastemas, or chipped teeth, people with the following conditions should avoid veneers completely:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Heavy Clenching of the Jaw

The reason being is that all of these things can lead up to the rapid deterioration of the porcelain veneers. Subsequently costing them hundreds and even thousands of dollars at times. Quality porcelain veneers will always cost a bit of money, but it is worth it to get your smile back.

What Happens During the Porcelain Veneers Procedure?

First, your dentist will do a mock-up of your teeth in order to get the right mold. During this period, you can discuss any changes you want to be made to the mold such as shape, size or material. After having approved the mold, an appointment is set up the installment procedure. Some tooth structure is removed from each tooth to ensure the most accurate representation of the veneer. Anesthesia is often provided to provide any discomfort. Once the initial set up has been completed, an impression of your teeth is made, and this impression is what is used to create custom porcelain veneers.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain Veneers are very durable. In fact, they commonly last for anywhere between 10-15 years, with some expecting a longer lifespan dependent on individual care. If a veneer becomes chipped, cracked or sustains visible markings, they can always be replaced.

Are Porcelain Veneers Covered By My Dental Insurance?

Unfortunately, since porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, most dental insurance companies would refuse to have the cost covered.