What are Porcelain Veneers

What Are Porcelain Veneers - BracesOrInvisalign.comPorcelain Veneers are dental cosmetic work that is placed on the facial or frontal surface of the teeth. They are cemented permanently onto the surface of the teeth that was minimally prepared or reduced to accommodate the material. It may or may not be done without anesthesia, depending on the pain tolerance of the patient, as well his capacity to remain comfortable throughout the course of the procedure. It involves some dental laboratory time, for fabrication, so some temporary coverage may be required while the porcelain veneers are being manufactured in the laboratory by the technician. What are porcelain veneers pluses and minuses?

What are Porcelain Veneers Pros and Cons:


  • It can mask all kinds of cosmetic issues. Porcelain Veneers are going to be amazing especially with the masking cosmetic issues that patients may have about their teeth, and there are all kinds, really. A patient may have spaces in between his teeth, at which case these gaps may be closed by appropriately-shaped porcelain veneers. A patient may have stained or discolored teeth, so unsightly he is given no good reason to smile and his only hope are to get porcelain teeth. Misaligned, malpositioned or malformed teeth may also be resolved by porcelain veneers; the veneer work will reshape the tooth and make it more beautiful.

  • It preserves much tooth surface. When porcelain veneer work is prescribed to a patient, his teeth is reduced about 1 to 2 millimeters, so that the prosthesis is given enough bulk for the porcelain. The reduction is necessary but it is limited to the frontal surface of the teeth so much of the tooth is preserved, unlike in the case of dental crowns where tooth reduction is performed around the entire tooth.

  • It may be performed without anesthetic solution. Since very limited tooth surface is removed, there is sometimes no need for the dentist to use anesthetic solution to numb the area and make the procedure more comfortable. The tooth reduction can be very uncomfortable especially when the patient?s pain tolerance is low, but since this procedure is very less simple, sometimes there is no anesthetic solution needed.

  • It is also available in other materials. Porcelain are the most common material used for veneers, but they are also available in ceramic or composite resin — fairly weak in comparison to porcelain and also less aesthetically pleasing, but definitely affordable.

  • It can be given in lieu of other dental procedures. Porcelain Veneers may be prescribed to a patient in lieu of all other things like dental braces for straightening unruly and misaligned teeth, and teeth whitening procedures that merely whiten teeth temporarily.


  • It is not as retentive as full-coverage crowns. Porcelain Veneers are merely attached to the front of the teeth so they are not as retentive. Full coverage crowns are reduced all over, so the crowns cover the teeth like a cap would cover the head of a person. Because of this, porcelain veneers are less retentive and can easily get dislodged from the patient?s mouth.

  • It is quite expensive. Porcelain Veneers are quite costly. They can cost a person about $600 to $1300 depending on the case, so it means that you will need to be sure that this is really what you want before you cover the heightened cost.

  • There is no going back from porcelain veneers. Given that some tooth surface had been removed to accommodate the prosthetic, when you remove the veneer you have a drilled tooth and you cannot exactly go back from that anymore.

Like most things, there are also two sides to getting porcelain veneers that you have to get to know about and embrace, if you make the choice to have it. By knowing the positive and the negative side of the treatment, you get to make a sound decision, despite what you know about it. You embrace it for its amazing features and accept it wholeheartedly for its shortcomings.