Smiling makes you and everyone around you feel good. If you feel like your teeth aren’t in the best shape, you may not want to smile. This could be damage to your teeth due to poor oral hygiene, disease, or injury. You may feel self-conscious because you have large gaps between your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure that can help. They can easily be applied to your teeth with little to no pain in only two dental visits. There are a few pros and cons to consider before getting porcelain veneers.

The Pros of Getting Porcelain Veneers?

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) smiling has several benefits that can improve your mood, and your health. The AACD states, smiling may increase your happiness, boost your immune system, and even increase your life span approximately seven years.
Traditional porcelain veneers are a thin piece of porcelain that covers your tooth. It’s custom-made so that it blends in with the color and shape of your natural teeth.

Adding porcelain veneers to discolored or stained teeth can help to give all your teeth a more uniform white color. The veneers can be placed on teeth that are misshapen, too large, or too small to even them out.
Porcelain veneers can be used to cover worn or chipped teeth. They can also be placed on teeth to fill unwanted gaps, or uneven spaces between teeth.

When taken care of properly, traditional porcelain veneers should last 10 to 15 years. Care for porcelain veneers is the same as for your natural teeth, with a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing with a dental rinse once a day, and dental exams twice a year.

A Few Cons to consider when getting Porcelain Veneers

There are a few things to consider before getting porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are not permanent. They may need to be replaced. Although veneers have to be replaced, the process used to place the veneer on your tooth, such as removing some of the enamel, can’t be reversed.

During the procedure there may be a small amount of pain. Generally there is little or no anesthesia used. Some individuals may experience tooth sensitivity after the veneers are place on their teeth. This sensitivity should go away after a couple of days.

Porcelain Veneers to Brighten Your Smile

Another type of dental veneer are Lumineers. This is a type of dental veneer that is a durable, super-thin material made from a patented material called Cerinate. Dr. Kevin Ippisch, a Santa Cruz Dentist ( states, “Lumineers are a ‘contact thin’ veneer that can be placed over existing dental work, and can last over 20 years.”
Whether you are considering porcelain veneers to brighten your smile or straighten your teeth, your dentist can help. After a thorough dental exam, your dentist can go over the pros and cons of porcelain veneers to help you make the right decision on how to create a beautiful smile.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Kevin Ippisch is a 1975 graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and has been in practice in the Santa Cruz area for over 30 years. Dr. Ippisch was a past president of the Santa Cruz unit of the American Cancer Society and was on the board of directors for 6 years. Dr. Ippisch has been providing cosmetic dental care since his first year in practice. That’s when he learned the importance of good communication.

Dr. Ippisch has continued to hone his technical and communication skills throughout his career, in order to serve his patients with an exceptional dental experience each and every time they visit at Advanced Dentistry in Santa Cruz, CA (