Additional FAQs About Porcelain Veneers
Do porcelain veneers look natural?
Porcelain veneers can be incredibly natural-looking when treatment is conducted by a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist. At our practice, an impression of your teeth is used to create veneers for an excellent fit, and once carefully placed, they are color-tinted to match the shade of your surrounding, natural teeth. In most cases, only you and those you choose to tell will know you have porcelain veneers. To see some examples of the type of results our patients have achieved with dental veneers, we encourage you to visit our smile gallery.
Do porcelain veneers stain?
The porcelain used to craft your veneers is very dense and designed to be stain-resistant, therefore it should not be discolored by coffee, wine, or other staining agents. However, it’s still important to brush and floss your teeth daily, as sugar and decay can wear your veneers and shorten their lifespan.
Can porcelain veneers be whitened?
Just as porcelain veneers cannot be stained, they are similarly unaffected by whitening agents in strips, toothpastes, rinses, and professional treatment. If your veneer no longer matches the color of your teeth, your dentist may be able to polish or recolor them to blend into your surrounding teeth.
Does insurance cover porcelain veneers?
Although dental insurance usually does not cover cosmetic procedures, we encourage you to check with your provider to confirm whether porcelain veneers qualify for partial or full coverage. If not, the many low to no-interest payment plans from CareCredit® can make it easier for qualified patients to manage the costs of treatment.
How strong are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain is an incredibly durable dental material that can last for years. While you should have no problem managing hard or chewy foods, we recommend investing in a mouth guard if you grind or clench your teeth to prevent unnecessary damage to the veneer.
Will I have sensitivity after treatment?
Most patients do not have problems with tooth sensitivity after they receive their porcelain veneers, but there are many ways to alleviate potential discomfort. Namely, using products specifically designed to decrease dental sensitivity, such as Sensodyne® toothpastes and rinses, is generally very helpful. In addition, temporarily avoiding very hot or cold food temperatures can stop sensitivity from exacerbating.
To find out what porcelain veneers can do for your smile, please feel free to contact our office online or by phone to schedule an appointment.