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Don’t Believe These 7 Myths about Porcelain Veneers

Most people don’t really understand the power of porcelain veneers, which may be the most versatile and transformative cosmetic dentistry procedure. You will hear a lot of people telling you all kinds of crazy reasons not to get these veneers, but don’t believe everything you hear or read. Here are the seven most common porcelain veneers myths that you shouldn’t believe.

Porcelain Veneers Break Right Away

Myths about Porcelain VeneersPorcelain is fragile, right? We all know that from the time we dropped the figurine from grandma’s curio cabinet. Or when we chipped that fine china plate while washing it.

But the truth is that “porcelain” just tells us the color of the ceramic. The porcelain in porcelain veneers has more in common with bulletproof vests than it does with china figurines. And once it’s bonded to your teeth, it’s even stronger. In studies, more than 9 out of 10 veneers are in place after 10 years, and as many as five out of six may be in place after 20 years.

They Won’t Look Good for Long

Many people think that porcelain veneers will get stained and ugly quickly, but that’s not true. Porcelain veneers are actually very stain resistant. They have a glossy coat on them that prevents staining molecules from penetrating the veneer, unlike your teeth, which have pores that allow stains inside.

They’re High Maintenance

But if people know about the glossy surface of veneers, they might think that it’s hard to protect this surface, but it’s not. All you have to do with porcelain veneers is brush and floss normally. If you want to make sure the coating lasts as long as possible, you can use a special toothpaste, but even brushing with normal toothpaste, it will take more than 11 years for the coating to wear off.

They’re Painful to Get or Wear

To prepare your teeth for regular porcelain veneers, we have to remove some of your tooth material. It’s not very much, and most people report no discomfort. But we use local anesthesia just in case.

Some people also worry their teeth will be sensitive to heat or cold after they get veneers, but most people experience no increased sensitivity after veneers.

I’ll Have to Give Up Most Foods

People who think veneers are fragile think you’ll have to restrict your diet after you get porcelain veneers. There are a few hard foods we will recommend you not bite into, but mostly we ask that you not bite things that aren’t food, such as ice or nutshells.

Everyone Will Know I Have Them

Porcelain veneers can look completely natural. They will blend in with your natural teeth, and no one will ever guess that you have them. Chances are good that you see porcelain veneered smiles every day and never have a clue. The only ones you see are the ones that are not done properly.

My Smile Will Look Like Everyone Else’s

Porcelain veneers have the power to give you any smile you want. The only reason why your smile would end up looking like somebody else’s is if you are working with a dentist who doesn’t really know how to design porcelain veneers and just buys a set out of the box to fit your smile.

At the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can customize your porcelain veneers so they look like no one else’s. We can even match them to your natural teeth so they look just like your smile did when you were happy with it.

Don’t let myths keep you from enjoying the perfect smile: please call the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbus, OH for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Mike Firouzian.