Both porcelain veneers and crowns can drastically improve your smile. The former are sought by many people with chipped, uneven or discoloured teeth, and due to their ability to remedy such issues they are highly popular treatments.
In cosmetic dentistry solutions, porcelain veneers are also used to fix misaligned and gaps in teeth. However, while strong, they are not as hardy as your natural teeth, consequently if you are a grinder or clencher then alternative treatment options might be more suitable – like a dental implant or a crown.
This is because porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of your teeth solely to improve their appearance (they add no structural advantage, unlike a dental crown).
These fine shells are then bonded onto the front of your teeth, thus changing their color, shape, size, or length, and are made from either porcelain or from resin composite materials.
Veneers made from porcelain resist stains better than ones made from resin and this, alongside the fact they better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth, is why we choose this option in most cases.
Here at Accent we pride ourselves on the creation of natural looking porcelain veneers. Check out Sara's case study here to give you some idea of what they might do for you. Or find out a little bit more about our principal dentist, Dr. Matt Sumner.
However sometimes they are not a suitable treatment option; factors that mean you will need to consider alternative treatment include if you suffer from gum disease or decay, or if your teeth have little enamel - because without sufficient enamel the material has nothing to bond to.
Regarding life-span, porcelain veneers typically last up to ten years although their longevity depends on a number of factors within your control. Given their investment, you will want to look after them with good oral hygiene habits, alongside not opening beer bottles with your teeth!
Pencil chewing or biting your nails can also be hard on porcelain veneers, and if you’re a grinder, you’ll probably need to consider getting a night guard to help protect them from excessive wear.
"I am now enjoying all the compliments about my 'new front teeth' and it is nice to have a smile back...really pleased with the result."