Waterloo Cosmetic Dentistry News Articles

Do porcelain veneers chip off or break easily

Monday, April 27, 2015

I don't think that veneers "constantly chip off". In fact, veneers can be durable and make a great difference in a patient's appearance. While veneers can be strong, nothing is as strong as your natural tooth structure; therefore, we always remind our patients to slice up apples before they eat them and to try not to tear off hard bread crusts, chew their finger nails, etc. with their new veneers. This caution helps avoid chipping. Your occlusion (bite) can also be a factor in veneer breakage. If your lower teeth come edge-to-edge with your upper teeth, you are more likely to chip the porcelain veneers. To apply veneers, some tooth structure must be removed. Usually about 0.5mm of tooth structure is irreversibly removed. If conditions in your mouth are good, and you take care of your veneers, they may be a fine option for you. We have had some great results and very happy patients.

Veneers vs. crowns

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Without a proper evaluation of the teeth it is difficult to recommend veneers over crowns and vice-versa. I can tell that we have had excellent results with porcelain veneers for covering discolorations, fixing chipped or broken teeth, closing spaces, making teeth appear straighter, and other cosmetic concerns.

Veneers do not just have to cover the front part of the tooth; they can "wrap" around the tooth if necessary to fill in spaces, add length, or if extra strength is needed. Depending on your bite (occlusion), amount of damage to tooth, periodontal condition, and treatment needed, veneers may not work. You may need crowns or a combination of crowns and veneers.

Cost is another issue. Crowns are generally more expensive than veneers. In my experience, crowns can be approximately $200 more than veneers. My advice is to see us for a complete exam and treatment plan. This plan should include an "ideal" treatment and any other options. we will then give you an estimate of costs. Then you will know what is the best treatment for you and get a better idea of cost.


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