Porcelain veneers are dental aids. These are very thin dental chip-like tools which are placed on the surface of the tooth. Primarily, their function is to give strength and support to the existing tooth structure. These are pieces of porcelain which are utilized to recreate the original look of the tooth. They can be used for changing the shape, the size and the color of the tooth.
Placement of porcelain basically may fall under the category of cosmetic treatment for the teeth. At times, the tooth is too small in length or breadth. Cosmetic porcelain treatment will elongate it or even make it a bit broad. Sometimes teeth are yellowed or stained due to any which reason. This gives a very bad impression since the person looks unkempt and as if he or she does not care much for dental hygiene. This issue should be rectified since it may create a complex in the person especially if he or she is made the butt of jokes by others due to this very reason. A porcelain veneer can be placed on top of the tooth, and the entire color of the tooth changes along with it. The person gets a very neat and clean look due to this reason. Sometimes, a person may have chipped, fractured or broken teeth. This could be the result of an injury, a fall or accident or some other reason, perhaps. This too is an issue which should be rectified since the tooth structure becomes very weak due to these reasons. Again, the porcelain veneer is one answer to this problem. The entire tooth becomes stronger by far with this placement.
What are the disadvantages of porcelain veneers?
Speaking, the life of the porcelain veneer is not very long. It does not last forever. Also, if one has this treatment done, our eating pattern becomes a bit restricted. One should not bite into any food item which is very hard or sticky or else the porcelain veneer may crack or get dislodged. Also, the porcelain veneer is also one with which one should not bite into ice cubes or even open food packaging with teeth. Such actions too may end up displacing the veneer or spoiling it. Also, there is the issue of teeth staining. The porcelain veneer may get stained, and hence one should make it a point to take special care of the dental hygiene routine with it. Do brush your teeth at least twice each day and for at least two minutes each time. Also, one should go in for dental flossing at least once in a day to ensure that the space between the teeth is kept clean and free of any stuck food particles. If it is not possible to keep brushing all the time, it is best to at least rinse the mouth thoroughly well after each meal or food intake. One should also not bite nails if you have veneers on the teeth. This action too may end up harming the veneer.