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Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers

Dental Veneers Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers

pros and cons of porcelain veneers

For many of our patients in Washington DC, cosmetic dentistry often doubles as preventative or restorative dentistry. Porcelain veneers are one great example. Veneers offer protection for teeth that are cracked or chipped or discolored, but can also cover cosmetic issues, such as stained or gapped teeth. They are tooth colored restorations that go over top of the tooth to hide imperfections in the tooth.  Much like siding on a house.  However, just because there are many benefits to dental veneers, it does not mean you should just jump right in and get some.  Getting Porcelain Veneers is a complex process and not for the faint of heart.  Luckily Lenfant Plaza Dental Arts cosmetic dentist, Dr. Dennis Norkiewicz, have successfully placed over a thousand dental veneers with beautiful results.  Here are the pros and cons of porcelain veneers to consider.

Pro: Immediate, Long-Lasting Results

Dental veneers do not take long to apply, and you can walk out of the dentist in Washington DC, within a few weeks with a brand new smile after the last appointment. And with a good oral hygiene routine,  and regular dental cleanings, your veneers are designed to last up to a decades or more.  We can cover your natural teeth with composite veneers or porcelain veneers to give you an aesthetic smile you’ve always dreamed of.  And of course they are stain resistance.  These are tooth colored restorations that glue onto the front of the tooth and will stay there for years to come.  The never stain as porcelain does not pick up stain from the foods and drink we consume.  Also there is little to no tooth sensitivity with these dental restorations.

Con: They Do Not Work for All

Porcelain veneers are not always an option for some people. If your teeth are significantly decayed or weakened, then the porcelain veneers specialist, Dr. Norkiewicz, may not be able to apply the veneers at all.  Also if you have lots of fillings in your front teeth or root canals then porcelain veneers are not a good choice because the porcelain bonds really well to the tooth but not to the filling material, therefore weakening the glue layer of the veneer.  Veneers are also not suitable for people who grind their teeth.  If we suspect any nighttime grinding or clenching we will either recommend a night guard to be worn every night or recommend crowning the teeth instead.  Dental Crowns are much stronger and resistant to chipping and breaking.  Our doctors will determine what is the best restoration for you and your mouth.

Pro: Easy to Customize

Porcelain veneers today are easily customized to your smile. You can choose the color, have them shaped and textured just like your surrounding teeth, and no one ever has to know that you have veneers.  You can also eat cold foods and never have tooth sensitivity.  Once glued on they cannot be removed so make double sure that you are happy with your new smile.

Con: Veneers Are Irreversible

When you have porcelain veneers applied, a small amount of your natural enamel must be removed to allow the veneer to fit properly. Dental enamel does not “grow back”, so this is an irreversible process.  However, the amount of enamel removed is very minimal.  Typically we remove up to .5mm of tooth enamel.  Your enamel is anywhere from 1.5 to 3.0mm thick so we are only removing a small amount of the tooth.  In heavily stained cases though we need to remove more tooth structure to block out the stain.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

To learn more pros and cons of porcelain veneers, or to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentistry specialist, Dr. Dennis Norkiewicz.   Our dental office in Washington DC, can be reached at 202-488-8300, or you can contact us online to schedule an appointment.  Visits to the dentist are important to maintain excellent oral health. 

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