January 12, 2021
busting five myths about porcelain veneers

Myth 1: Veneers will look fake and like a costume

People tempted to undergo cosmetic dentistry procedures are rightfully worried that the final result might look fake and cartoonish. The staff at your dental office in Gilbert are just as concerned about the same subject. Porcelain veneers you’ll receive from your dentist are stark white, because your clean and healthy teeth are not stark white. Rather, even at their very cleanest, your teeth fall in a spectrum ranging from grey-toned to yellow-toned. Before the veneers are even manufactured, your dentist will work with you to choose a colour of veneer that will match your other teeth and blend with your gums, lips and skin tone perfectly. Ironically, one of the signs of the best veneers is the inability to notice a veneer at all.

Myth 2: Veneers are only good for the “Social Six”

The term “Social Six” refers to the six teeth in the center of your upper jaw. Veneers are often applied in that region because they’re among the most visible teeth in your smile. But they’re not the only visible teeth in your mouth when you’re smiling broadly and they’re not the only teeth for which veneers are appropriate. When you smile most broadly, people can often see fourteen teeth: eight in the top arch and six in your bottom arch. Porcelain veneers in Gilbert are appropriate for use to perfect the appearance of any of those 14 teeth.

Myth 3: Getting veneers is an invasive procedure

Unless you opt for thinner prepless or non-prop veneers, your dentist will need to remove a very thin layer of enamel from your tooth so that the veneer can be placed securely without adding any noticeable bulk to your tooth. While that is a modification to your teeth, it is accomplished under local anesthetic and requires the removal of approximately half a millimetre of enamel. Not only does the placement of porcelain veneers near you not weaken your teeth, studies indicate that porcelain veneers can improve the strength of your teeth and the protection provided to the dentin layer.

Myth 4: Getting veneers takes a long time

We recognize that there is a balance that needs to be struck between convenience and cosmetics. The best cosmetic dentistry options that require that you shuttle repeatedly back and forth to and from a dentist’s office may not be the best option for your life at all. Getting veneers, though, is a quick and convenient option that can be accomplished in two or three visits to your dentist, including for consultation and installation. Between those appointments, dental technicians will prepare your veneers based on impressions your dentist will take from your teeth.

Myth 5: Veneers are fragile and easily stained

Can you break or stain your veneers? Yes, you can abuse your veneers so badly by using your teeth like wrenches and drinking red wine without ever brushing your teeth that you might chip your veneers or even eventually notice stains. By the same token, though, you can protect your veneers from damage and stains simply by: avoiding habits like chewing your nails; resisting the urge to use your teeth like tools; wearing a night guard if you clench your jaw and grind your teeth; brushing your teeth after eating and drinking