If your teeth are white and bright, then you likely enjoy smiling. However, people with stained and discolored teeth are often reluctant to smile and they may even cover their mouths when laughing. Porcelain veneers in Washington are an excellent choice if you want to permanently whiten your smile.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Resist Staining?
When cared for properly, porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining. Because porcelain is a non-porous material, the stain-causing molecules in food and beverages cannot permeate the veneers.
Your cosmetic dentist in Washington can create porcelain veneers for you that match your natural teeth or veneers can be several shades whiter. Just remember that once the veneers are bonded to your teeth, the shade cannot be adjusted. Therefore, if you choose veneers that are whiter than your natural shade, you may want to have a teeth whitening treatment first so your veneers match your biological teeth.
How Strong Are Porcelain Veneers?
The short answer to that question is very strong. For such a thin piece of porcelain, veneers are quite sturdy. However, they are not indestructible.
You will need to maintain a strict oral hygiene routine at home that includes cleaning with a toothbrush that has soft bristles and non-abrasive toothpaste. Flossing is also very important in order to remove plaque that can easily accumulate along the gum line.
In addition, you must also avoid biting and chewing hard objects, such as a whole apple, nuts, raw carrots, ice cubes and non-edible objects such as pens and pencils. If you are careful, you can expect porcelain veneers to last for up to 10 years.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Correct?
In addition to concealing teeth that are stained and discolored, porcelain veneers can be used to correct other imperfections such as:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Teeth that are unusually worn
- Misshaped teeth
- Teeth that have wide gaps between them
In addition, porcelain veneers can be a quick way to make crooked teeth look straight. Of course, veneers are not like orthodontic braces that actually move teeth into proper position. They can, however, be a viable choice if you and your dentist in Washington decide to simply cover up a slightly rotated tooth.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, or to find out if this cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation today. Dr. Mace and his team will be glad to meet with you.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Mace is a dentist in Washington, MO. He and his staff are committed to ensuring the health, beauty and longevity of your smile. If you’d like to learn more about porcelain veneers or another cosmetic dentistry service, contact us today.