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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

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