Dental Tips Blog

Oct
20

Do Dental Veneers Ruin Your Teeth?

Posted in Veneers

There is a misconception that dental veneers are bad for your teeth. The truth is simply that veneers are safe and healthy as long as you do your part to take good care of them.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells that are usually made from porcelain. They go over the front of upper anterior teeth to create a facade of an uniformly-shaped and evenly-spaced white smile.

But simply placing traditional veneers over existing tooth enamel can make teeth look and feel bulky. Getting veneers necessitates the removal of a thin layer of enamel on the front of the teeth.

You don’t lose much enamel; just enough to match the thickness of the veneer. Losing any amount of tooth enamel, however, could make your tooth vulnerable to damage. You can never again be without veneers once your teeth are prepared for them. If your veneers come off, they must be replaced.

In this sense, veneers are permanent. But as long as they’re properly cared for, they aren’t harmful to teeth.

Limitations of Veneers

Veneers don’t enhance tooth structure. They are purely cosmetic. If you have teeth that are weakened by fracture or decay, then a veneer is not the answer. Your dentist will recommend a crown or filling for teeth where a veneer is insufficient.

Do You Qualify for a Veneer?

Dentists typically place porcelain veneers on healthy adult teeth in people who are responsible enough to take good care of them. With regular brushing and flossing, a veneer can last for many years without causing any harm to a tooth.

Schedule a dental veneer consultation with your dentist to find out whether veneers are right for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Laguna West Dental Care
9098 Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 683-7300

Sep
9

Are Dental Veneers Permanent?

Posted in Veneers

Dental veneers have been getting people perfect smiles for decades.

You’re interested in what veneers have to offer, but you want to know how long they’ll last. Is the investment worth it?

Veneers Permanently Alter Teeth

To place a veneer, the dentist first has to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your upper tooth. This ensures that the veneer fits seamlessly with the rest of your tooth and doesn’t make your smile feel bulky.

But losing even that thin layer of enamel isn’t the best thing for your teeth. They can’t be left with absolutely nothing protecting them.

This means that once you get your teeth prepared for traditional porcelain veneers, there’s no going back – you’ll always have to wear veneers for the rest of your life.

What about the veneers themselves?

As Long As You Want

Veneers, like any other dental restoration, are susceptible to wear and tear over time.

The better you take care of your dental veneers, the longer they will last you.

You must carefully brush and floss around the teeth that have veneers. Otherwise, it’s possible to develop some decay at the margin where the porcelain meets your enamel.

You also have to be careful that you don’t accidentally chip or loosen a veneer by chewing on hard objects.

To make veneers last, you may have to kick a few habits:

  • Nail biting
  • Ice chewing
  • Teeth grinding

Investing in a mouthguard for sports or to prevent bruxism/clenching at night is another great way to protect your veneers.

If you damage your veneers, they will have to be replaced. They are not permanent in that sense.

Learn more about classic veneers and less permanent alternatives. Contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

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