Are Veneers As Strong As Real Teeth?

Are you thinking of getting veneers, but are worried that they may not be as durable as your natural teeth? Here, we’ll explain what veneers are, how they’re placed, how you care for them, and whether veneers are as strong as real teeth.

smiling teeth with dental porcelain veneers

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin covers that are custom made for your teeth to look just like your natural teeth. Veneers are used to improve the appearance of your teeth, whether it’s the color, length, shape, or size of the teeth that needs fixing. Veneers are a great treatment option for a variety of oral reasons including discolored teeth, gapped teeth, worn down teeth, misaligned teeth, or chipped or broken teeth.

How Are Veneers Placed?

To start, your dentist will clean the teeth that are getting a veneer. Next, they’ll match the color of your real teeth with the porcelain of the veneer to ensure that they match perfectly. Then, the dentist will remove a very thin layer of your tooth’s enamel so that the veneer will fit snugly over your real tooth. Your dentist will then take an impression of your tooth and send that to the dental lab where the veneer will be custom made just for you. Once the veneer is ready, the dentist will bond the veneer to your natural tooth.

Are Veneers As Strong As Real Teeth?

One of the best things about veneers is that they are incredibly durable. Most veneers are made of porcelain, which you may think of as delicate material when you think of porcelain dolls or the like. However, when the thin porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth, the materials becomes as strong as your real teeth. Another great benefit of porcelain is that it is stain resistant and can be made in any shade of white so the veneer can match perfectly with your other teeth.

How Do You Care for New Veneers?

Veneers can last between 7 and 15 years if they are properly taken care of. And good news: caring for your veneers is just as easy as caring for your real teeth! Maintain good oral health habits at home such as brushing twice a day for two minutes each, flossing at least once a day, and using fluoride toothpaste.

If you have any more questions about veneers or want to discuss getting them, give us a call to schedule a consultation.

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