Porcelain Veneers – Are They Right for You?

Porcelain Veneers – Are They Right for You?

Once upon a time, cosmetic dental treatments such as porcelain veneers were a luxury only affordable for the rich and famous. These days though, this procedure is becoming less costly and therefore accessible to more than just Hollywood’s elite. The popularity of the procedure has increased significantly in recent years, certainly due in part to the fact that the before and after results are so noticeable, as in this photo:

Porcelain Veneers before and after
CC Image courtesy of Steve Alper on Flickr

Typically the material of choice for altering chipped or badly discolored teeth or for filling in gaps, the veneer is a thin piece of porcelain which is measured, molded and applied directly to the surface of the tooth, replacing part of the natural enamel. The result is a transformed, rejuvenated smile. But are porcelain veneers for everyone?

According to the Canadian Dental Association, there are certain cases where porcelain veneers are not an option. Those with tooth decay or periodontal disease will need to have these problems corrected before veneers can be applied. As well, if tooth enamel has deteriorated, the veneer will not adhere properly. For those who suffer from bruxism (grinding of the teeth), veneers are not a good choice as the grinding will result in chipping and cracking. If you find that porcelain veneers are not suitable for you there are several other treatments to consider, such as crowns or bonding, to help your teeth look their best .

For those who are candidates for the procedure, it’s important to note that caring for porcelain veneers is just as essential as caring for your teeth in their natural state. Routine brushing and flossing take center stage as usual in maintaining a bright, healthy smile!