Are you considering getting a smile makeover? If you are, then the chances are good that veneers are going to be an important part of that makeover. Unfortunately, many people may have misconceptions about veneers that prevent them from pursuing this cosmetic dentistry option.
Here are some of the common myths people believe about veneers, and why you shouldn’t believe them.
Veneers Are Fragile
Veneers are sometimes called “porcelain veneers,” so people often think they’re fragile. They used to be actually made of porcelain, and they were fragile. When they were first invented for use by movie stars in the 1930s, they could only be worn during filming and had to be removed between takes to avoid breakage.
Modern veneers aren’t made of porcelain, though. They’re made of advanced ceramics which are actually many times stronger than your natural tooth enamel, although they look as beautiful as porcelain or natural teeth.
So how long do veneers last? Studies show that nearly 19 of 20 veneers last at least 10 years, and nearly 5 out of 6 last at least 20 years. That doesn’t sound fragile to us!
Veneers Get Stained Easily
Natural teeth get stained, and sometimes they can be whitened, but sometimes they can’t. If they can’t get whitened, we’ll recommend using veneers to give you the bright smile you want.
But you might not think that’s worth it if your veneers are just going to get stained, too.
Don’t worry–veneers are made of a glazed ceramic, which can protect them from staining as long as it’s in place. Many stains just rinse right off the glazed surface, and others can be easily removed with a light brushing. Not only that, but veneers don’t erode with acid the way your natural teeth do, which also helps them resist staining.
Veneers Are Hard to Care for
Some people think you have to change your life when you get veneers. But the truth is that you don’t have to change much at all. For most people, you just keep doing what you’ve been doing: eat your regular diet, brush your teeth as usual, floss daily, and make regular dental visits. That’s all.
We may recommend that you change your toothpaste if you’ve been using something abrasive. But if it’s not good for your veneers, it probably wasn’t good for your teeth, either! Bad habits like chewing on nonfoods, clenching and grinding, or using your teeth like tools can chip veneers–just like they chip your natural teeth!
Veneers Look Fake
We’ve all seen veneers that look really fake. That makes us think that they all look fake.
But the truth is that many people you meet every day have veneers and you’d never guess it. Veneers can look fake when they’re poorly done, but most veneers look so natural that you’d never guess they’re veneers.
Veneers Will Make My Smile Look Like Everyone Else’s
Some places that sell cheap veneers will give you the impression that they all look the same, or that they come in only a few styles. You don’t want a smile that looks like somebody else’s. You want a smile that is yours.
Here’s the good news: your veneers will be custom-crafted for you. They will be made to give you a unique smile that you can be sure is designed to fit the size, shape, and proportions of your face.
The Truth Is: Veneers Are Amazing
Don’t let myths and misconceptions keep you from realizing the true potential of a beautiful smile. Veneers can transform your smile from dull to dazzling, worn to wonderful.