While there are many benefits that accompany the use of porcelain veneers, the fact is, these tooth coverings will not be right for everyone. This is why it is so important to ensure you have all the facts before deciding whether or not the use of veneers is right for you. By exposing some of the most common myths surrounding the use of porcelain veneers and providing you with the real facts behind these myths, the information below will allow you to ensure you are making the best possible decision for your needs.

Myth: Porcelain Veneers Are Temporary

This myth stems from the fact that veneers, like many dental products, will need to be replaced after several years of use. Unfortunately, many people interpret this to mean that they can simply have the veneers removed from their teeth at any time if they decide they don't like them and would rather go back to using their natural teeth. This is not the case.

In order to prevent veneers from appearing and feeling overly bulky, a cosmetic dentist will need to file down the outside layer of your tooth's enamel. This allows the veneers to fit properly within your mouth and allows for the correction of spacing or alignment issues when placing veneers. This necessary step also means that the strength and appearance of your natural teeth will be permanently compromised. In the event that you decide you no longer want to wear veneers, you may need to employ a tooth replacement option, such as dentures or dental implants.

Myth: Porcelain Veneers Are Completely Stain Proof

This is another common myth that is based on a half-truth. The truth is, porcelain veneers are extremely resistant to staining. However, the dental cement that is used to keep these veneers in place does not share this same stain resistance. Consequently, it is quite possible to develop new stains even after having veneers placed over your teeth. Furthermore, removing these stains will often require the removal of your veneers so that the underlying cement can be replaced.

Thankfully, it is possible to avoid stains when wearing veneers. This can be done by ensuring that you brush and floss after meals, especially those that contain foods that are well known for their staining ability, such as berries and tomato sauce. You will also want to use a straw when consuming beverages that can stain your teeth, such as soda and coffee.

If you have other questions or concerns about dental veneers, contact a dental clinic like Picone Dental - Vincent J Picone DDS.