Debunking Myths About Porcelain Veneers

LVI-Trained Dentist Serving Oakton, Vienna, McLean and Nearby Northern Virginia


Woman with gorgeous smile at the dentist Porcelain veneers are a simple and effective way to transform the look of your smile. These cosmetic dental restorations have been used for decades and recently surged in popularity. Ahead, Oakton dentist Dr. Michael Chung debunks some of the most common veneer myths.

Myth: Veneers Look Unnatural 

It’s true that veneers can look fake. This effect tends to happen when they are too white, too perfect, or too big. On the other hand, dental veneers can also look incredibly natural and realistic.

Our dentist uses a few techniques to ensure a beautiful result when placing veneers. He works with porcelain because it mimics the translucent quality of real teeth. He also takes a holistic approach, meaning he considers how the veneers will complement your unique facial structure.

View our before and after gallery of cosmetic porcelain veneers to see what you can expect.

Myth: Veneers are High-Maintenance

Veneers may be made of porcelain, but that doesn’t mean they need to be treated like fine china. Porcelain is actually an incredibly durable and stain-resistant type of ceramic that’s perfect for dental work. We tell our patients that good dental habits are enough to protect their veneers.

Some basic veneer care guidelines include:

  • Brushing at least twice a day
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Scheduling regular dental appointments
  • Not using your teeth to open packages

Myth: Veneers Can Fix Very Crooked Teeth

Due to their ability to conceal minor alignment issues, porcelain veneers are often called instant orthodontics. However, they should not be used in place of orthodontic treatment. Patients with very crooked teeth would benefit more from ensuring that their teeth are in their proper places. Veneers can always be placed afterward to achieve a smile that is both functional and attractive.

Call 703-319-6990 to schedule a porcelain veneer consultation with Dr. Michael Chung. Softouch Dental Care serves patients from Oakton, Vienna, McLean, and nearby areas of Virginia.