Porcelain veneers give you a brighter, whiter smile, a friendlier appearance and make you more confident about smiling.
Porcelain veneers offer other advantages, too. They resist stains better than natural teeth because the material used to make them is less porous than tooth enamel. They permanently brighten dark teeth and require only a couple of 90-minute appointments with your cosmetic dentist.
Porcelain veneers can actually strengthen teeth. They are also very durable, lasting up to 15 years.
However, there are a few disadvantages. Because they can change the spacing and shape of your teeth, it may take a couple of weeks to get used to the feel of them in your mouth.
You’ll probably experience some minor sensitivity between the first visit, when your teeth are made ready to accept the veneers, and the second visit, when the veneers are applied. Porcelain veneers can chip and break, especially if you clench or grind your teeth.
Though usually dentists don’t need to remove much of the tooth in preparation to install porcelain veneers, but occasionally somewhat more of a tooth must be removed, which increases the risk of dental trauma.
As long as you’re prepared to put up with these slight downside effects, go ahead and talk with your dentist about getting porcelain veneers. They really will make your smile shine!