Porcelain veneers are a versatile cosmetic treatment and can be used to treat issues ranging from stained teeth to gaps, minor chips and damage, slightly-crooked teeth, and much more. Veneers cover up the fronts of your natural teeth and enhance the shape, color, and spacing of your teeth.
While veneers are a popular cosmetic option, there are a few misconceptions about this treatment that the team at Golden Gate Dental wants to address to help you understand the truth about veneers:
1. Most Of Your Enamel Must Be Removed To Place A Veneer
At Golden Gate Dental, Dr. Sosis also offers no-prep veneers. These veneers are incredibly strong but are only about as this as a contact lens, which means they can usually be placed without removing any of your enamel!
Not true! In most cases, only a very thin layer of enamel must be removed to prepare your teeth for veneers. This layer of enamel is removed to ensure that the veneers fit seamlessly onto your teeth. Usually, only about 0.5mm of enamel must be removed.
2. Veneers Can’t Be Stained, So Proper Brushing Isn’t Important
Veneers are made of porcelain, which is a non-porous material. This means that your veneers won’t stain. However, the surrounding teeth can still become stained and yellowed if you don’t keep up with a proper oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing are critical for preserving your smile and preventing stains. Brush your veneers just like you would brush your natural teeth.
3. Veneers Are Too Expensive
Veneers are an investment in your smile and your dental health, and they usually are not covered by dental insurance. However, we do our best to keep treatment within your budget at Golden Gate Dental, and we offer our services at a reasonable price. We can even arrange payment plans that meet your budget to help you get the cosmetic treatment you need.
4. Veneers Are High Maintenance
This couldn’t be further from the truth. To care for your veneers, all you have to do is treat them like your natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss once per day, and come to Golden Gate Dental for cleanings and oral exams every six months. That’s it!
It’s important to note that anything that can damage your natural teeth could also damage a veneer. Avoid chewing extremely hard foods (almonds, ice, etc.) with your veneers. You should also avoid chewing non-food objects like pens or your fingernails, and you shouldn’t use your teeth as tools to do things like open packages.
Have More Questions? Come To Golden Gate Dental for Answers!
At Golden Gate Dental, Dr. Sosis has years of experience in the placement of porcelain veneers in Golden Gate Park. If you’re interested in veneers, come in for a cosmetic consultation right away. Dr. Sosis will examine your mouth, discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry, and help you choose the treatment that’s best for you. To get started, just give us a call at (415) 367-3444, or come to our office at 3200 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94118.