Dentists use porcelain dental veneers to cover up imperfections in a person's smile, such as crooked front teeth, chipped teeth or severe dental staining. Compared to composite dental veneers, porcelain dental veneers have several advantages.
1. Stain Resistance
Porcelain dental veneers have a higher capacity to resist dental staining than composite veneers. The shiny, smooth surface of porcelain provides little opportunity for staining compounds to attach to the veneers, with the result that these veneers stay white and beautiful even if you drink coffee and wine regularly.
2. Natural Shine
Many people opt for porcelain dental veneers instead of composite due to the beautifully pearlescent sheen that porcelain offers. Compared to the matte appearance of composite dental veneers, porcelain veneers look much more like natural teeth. Even when they are placed side by side with natural teeth, it is unlikely that anyone will notice that you have porcelain dental veneers. Instead, they will likely assume that you have a naturally perfect smile.
3. Low-Effort Maintenance
To keep porcelain veneers shiny and clean, all you need to do is brush your teeth every day using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. The action of the brush removes stains and dental plaque from the dental veneers, without any risk of the soft bristles scratching the hard porcelain surface. You should floss around your veneers as well as between your natural teeth to get rid of any plaque or food traces that lurk there.
4. Excellent Durability
Some people worry that porcelain dental veneers are not as durable as composites, but in fact both materials perform similarly well over the long term. You can expect your porcelain dental veneers to function well for many years or even decades. If you do manage to chip a veneer, perhaps by biting down on a particularly hard or crunchy piece of food, you can quickly and easily get it replaced by visiting a cosmetic dentist.
5. Painless Procedure
Do not let dental anxiety put you off getting dental veneers. The fitting procedure is one of the least invasive procedures that dentists carry out. After adding a small amount of texture to the outer layer of tooth enamel, dentists use a dental resin to permanently bond the porcelain veneer to the tooth surface. No drilling, cutting or extractions are required, making dental veneers an extremely good option for improving your smile if you hate spending time in the dentist's chair.
Contact your cosmetic dentist for more information about porcelain dental veneers.