When patients undergo procedures with a cosmetic dentist, they often want reassurance that the results will be long-lasting. After investing so much time and energy in improving their smile, they don’t want to have to repeat the process just a few years later.

One major concern is staining of the restorations or other appliances. What’s the point in getting cosmetic dentistry treatments if they only become discolored and unattractive over time?

Porcelain veneers, a particularly popular treatment, can be very resistant to stains when you take proper care of them. The porcelain is naturally non-porous, so it’s difficult for stain-causing molecules to permeate the veneers.

Porcelain veneers, a particularly popular treatment, can be very resistant to stains when you take proper care of them.

When planning for your veneers, your cosmetic dentist will gather information about the desired shade of your veneers so that they will match your natural teeth. The way in which porcelain reflects light is similar to the properties of biological tooth enamel, enhancing the natural appearance of the veneer.

If necessary, your dentist can further tweak the shade of the veneers before bonding them to your teeth.

The stain-resistant quality of the porcelain is valuable. At the same time, however, the shade of porcelain veneers cannot be adjusted after the veneers are bonded to the teeth.

If patients want their teeth to be whiter than their natural shade, any teeth whitening treatments should be completed before the cosmetic dentist places the porcelain veneers so that the veneers match the biological teeth.

In addition to being stain-resistant, veneers are sturdier than you might expect a thin porcelain shell to be. If you follow your dentist’s instructions, such as maintaining a standard oral hygiene regimen, avoiding biting directly into very hard objects and quit smoking (if applicable), you can expect your veneers to last for up to a decade.

Porcelain veneers can be useful in correcting a variety of aesthetic flaws in the smile, including gaps, cracks, chips or deep stains that don’t respond to other treatments. Patients in need of such an intervention should consider veneers because they are so durable.

Contact Anderson Dentistry, serving Grapevine TX and the surrounding areas, to learn more about the benefits of porcelain veneers.