We all know that porcelain veneers can look absolutely amazing when performed by a cosmetic dentist who takes his time to listen to your concerns and craft a beautiful smile unique to you. However, how do those porcelain veneers feel after they’re in? Will they be uncomfortable? Will you always be aware of them?
The answer is that porcelain veneers, when performed correctly, should feel completely natural in your mouth. You shouldn’t even notice them when you’re talking, eating, or doing anything with your teeth. They don’t require special care, and they should look and feel just like regular teeth.
If you are interested in porcelain veneers, please call Fremont cosmetic dentist Dr. Jorge Montane today at 510-795-0444 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
How Are Porcelain Veneers So Comfortable?
Porcelain veneers are made from impressions taken directly from your teeth, so they are completely unique to your smile. Unlike Lumineers, which are prefabricated veneers that don’t always require tooth preparation and therefore are more likely to be uncomfortable, porcelain veneers are individually crafted and fitted seamlessly into your smile.
The first step before placing porcelain veneers is to prepare your teeth. The teeth need to filed down in order to create space for the porcelain veneer to fit. Some people don’t like the idea of filing their natural teeth down, as this is a permanent step and enamel cannot be restored once it’s taken away. However, this step is necessary for the veneers to fit properly and so that your teeth don’t protrude uncomfortably.
Benefits of porcelain veneers include:
- They are very long-lasting and durable
- They fit comfortably into the mouth, with no uncomfortable protrusion
- They mimic the translucency of real enamel, so they look natural
- They can be completely customized, from shade to shape
Do Porcelain Veneers Need to Be Replaced?
If your porcelain veneers become loose or fall off, or if they chip or crack, then they will need to be replaced. This doesn’t happen often, as long as you are careful with your teeth. Porcelain veneers are about as durable as real teeth, meaning they can withstand a lot but if you abuse them they are likely to become damaged.
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last decades or even a lifetime. Proper care just means:
- Visit Dr. Montane for regular dental hygiene checkups
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages, chew ice, or chew on anything hard such as pencils or pens
- Brush and floss regularly as normal
- Try to avoid eating too much sticky, sugary food, such as toffee or hard candy
Eating sticky foods or chewing on your pen can eventually loosen the bond holding your veneer to your tooth, which may lead to the veneer falling off over time. Another common reason that veneers loosen or fall off is because of decay under the veneer. It’s important to practice good dental hygiene and visit Dr. Montane regularly for deep cleanings in order to keep your teeth in top shape and avoid dental decay.
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation Today
If you are interested in correcting your smile through porcelain veneers, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Montane at 510-795-0444 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Fremont, Union City, Newark, and