Risks and Considerations of Porcelain Veneers
By Dr. Tim Simpson on August 27, 2013
Porcelain veneers are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments for good reason. They are versatile, durable, and extremely natural looking. For patients with one or more teeth affected by chips, cracks, discoloration, or imperfections in shape or size, porcelain veneers offer the opportunity to dramatically transform a flawed smile into an extraordinary one.
Cosmetic Dentist Tim Simpson has helped make over countless smiles of San Angelo TX residents with porcelain veneers, giving his patients the beautiful, gleaming grins they desired. However, as a proponent of patient education, he makes sure that his patients are well aware of every possible risk associated with the treatments they are considering, no matter how rare. Even a primarily cosmetic treatment such as porcelain veneers does pose potential risks, and is important for you to know these if you are currently considering porcelain veneers.
At the cosmetic dentistry practice of Tim Simpson, D.D.S., serving San Angelo, porcelain veneers are custom crafted to the precise needs and goals of each individual patient, increasing the likelihood of an outstanding, complication-free result. To learn more about the risks as well as the benefits of porcelain veneers, please contact our dental office today.
Risks of Traditional Porcelain Veneers
Traditional porcelain veneers are extremely thin but durable; however, they do require the removal of a small amount of enamel from the front surfaces of the teeth to which they are being attached. This means that, once the teeth have been prepared for the placement of porcelain veneers, the treatment becomes irreversible. Once a patient has been fitted with porcelain veneers, he or she will have to wear porcelain veneers for life. The “naked” teeth will no longer be functional without veneers.
In light of this, patients should also be aware of the fact that, almost certainly, they will eventually have to have their veneers replaced. Although the porcelain used in veneers is extremely strong and resilient, veneers are not meant to be a permanent solution. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, porcelain veneers can last for a decade or longer; however, they can chip, crack, or become dislodged, especially if a patient chews on ice or some other hard substance. At that point, the veneer must be replaced.
LUMINEERS™ - An Alternative to Traditional Veneers
Patients who are nervous about making a lifetime commitment to porcelain veneers may wish to consider LUMINEERS™, a revolutionary alternative to traditional veneers. LUMINEERS™ are the premier brand of no-prep veneers; these veneers are so thin that they require far less removal of natural enamel from the teeth prior to placement - and in most cases none at all.
Whether you opt to be treated with traditional porcelain veneers or LUMINEERS™, you can rest assured that you will be in the best of hands as a patient of Dr. Simpson’s. Dr. Simpson combines technical skill with a refined eye for aesthetics to produce exceptional results for his patients, whatever their needs or goals.
To learn more about porcelain veneers or LUMINEERS™, please call or email our cosmetic dentistry practice today.
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