You think to yourself that you love the thought of receiving porcelain veneers. However, what makes you nervous is wondering if these porcelain casings are going to prove very fragile. As a result, will you have to treat them oh so delicately? Though your smile will look exactly like you’ve always hoped, are you going to have to trade off accomplishing this goal for hard work in the maintenance department? The short story is: You actually don’t have anything to worry about. As for details, we know you’re ready for them!
About Fragility: They’re Strong!
Porcelain veneers are not extremely fragile. They’re actually strong. What you’re receiving is a casing that’s made up of more than one layer of very, very thin ceramic. So, while porcelain is known for being fragile, the way your veneer is put together ensures the structure is nice and stable. Does that mean they can withstand anything? Not at all! You can certainly chip, abrade, discolor, and damage your veneers if you’re not mindful about your choices. The good news is that as long as you’re not doing anything extreme that you wouldn’t expect of your pre-veneer, natural teeth, then you’re on track.
About Care: You Don’t Have To Be Super Careful, Just Thorough
You may have heard from someone or from reading online that once you have porcelain veneers, you’re going to need to be very careful to keep them from becoming damaged, stained, etc. As you just learned, they are surprisingly tough. However, since they’re not immune to problems, here’s all that you need to know:
- Don’t use your smile for anything other than eating food (that is easy enough to chew) and speaking. Teeth should not replace scissors or other tools.
- Brush two times daily, floss one time daily, come in for preventive care every six months.
Remember To See Us If You Have Questions
Whether you have questions about your oral health, veneers, or other treatments, we are always here to listen and respond, so you feel fully informed! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.