Have you ever known someone who had a smile that seemingly transformed overnight? Odds are, this change didn’t occur because of a granted wish from the tooth fairy, but because of porcelain veneers. While there are several ways to give your smile a makeover, one of the most popular and simplest methods is porcelain veneers.
A common question we receive from patients exploring their options is this: how many porcelain veneers do I need? In this post, we’ll provide some context by explaining how veneers work, the pros and cons of veneers, and then explain how many you might need.
How do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Veneers are a common method for improving smiles because they can provide a dramatic result without the need for invasive surgery. Thin pieces of porcelain, about the thickness of a contact lens, are placed over the front of your teeth. Each veneer is crafted to match the look and feel of your other teeth. After some enamel is removed to make room for the veneers, they are placed and bonded to the front of your tooth or teeth. Essentially, they act as a mask to cover imperfections.
This does mean that veneers cannot repair significant damage or decay. But if you’re simply looking to correct a cosmetic issue, like chipped, misshapen, or stained teeth, veneers are a great way to make a quick, but lasting change. Once bonded, they are very sturdy and difficult to break, which means your investment will continue to benefit your smile for years to come.
What are the Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers?
Now that you know what porcelain veneers are, it’s important to understand the pros and cons.
Pros of Porcelain veneers:
- Placing them is a relatively simple procedure with great results.
- They are custom-made to look the way you want - we can match the shape and color of your natural teeth perfectly.
- Veneers have a strong bond to your teeth and will last for a long time.
- They are easy to care for - just brush and floss them like your natural teeth.
- Some patients are hesitant to try veneers because the procedure is irreversible. Because enamel must be removed from the front of your tooth, we cannot remove the veneer.
- If you struggle with grinding your teeth or biting your nails, you could break a veneer.
- Veneers cannot repair tooth decay or serious damage - you need dental implants for that.
Cons of Porcelain veneers:
How Many Porcelain Veneers Do I Need?
And now it’s time to answer the main question. You’ve done your research, you’ve weighed the pros and cons, and you’re ready to give your smile a makeover. Now, how many veneers do you actually need?
The answer really depends on how many teeth you want or need to change! Some people might only require one veneer because they only have one tooth that needs a makeover because it’s chipped or stained. Because we can match the look of your other teeth, your single veneer will blend perfectly with your smile.
If you want to give your entire smile a makeover, however, then we would still only usually apply veneers to your top teeth. Since the top teeth are the most visible, most patients don’t feel the need to add veneers to their lower teeth. This means that, for most patients looking to change their smile, receiving between four and eight veneers will meet their needs.
Ultimately, the best way to determine how many porcelain veneers you require is to talk with Dr. Nazarian or your local dentist about your goals for your smile.
When and Where Should I Get Porcelain Veneers?
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so if you’d like to get porcelain veneers and improve your smile, then there is no time like the present! Many dentists can provide porcelain veneers, but if you’re in the Troy, Michigan area, then you don’t need to look any further than Dr. Nazarian at Premier Dental Center.
Dr. Nazarian has more than two decades of experience in working with patients like you to revitalize their smile. We use cutting edge technology and know the importance of crafting and applying porcelain veneers that match your goals and the natural look of your smile. Our unique approach allows us to work with the patient so you know what’s happening every step of the way.
Discover the Premier Dental Center difference for yourself, contact us today to schedule your appointment.