WHAT ARE DENTAL VENEERS?
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.
WHY DO I NEED VENEERS?
- Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL VENEERS
- They provide a natural tooth appearance.
- Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
- Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
Caring for Your Dental Veneers
With proper care, porcelain dental veneers could last 10-15 years or longer, but this may mean changing your habits to ensure no harm comes to your gorgeous smile. For example, you might want to start by assessing your diet.
While porcelain veneers are largely resistant to staining, just like your natural teeth, you can keep them bright and radiant longer by avoiding foods and beverages known to cause staining, such as coffee, tea, wine, and so on. Tobacco can also stain your veneers over time, and excessive alcohol consumption could start to affect the bonding material that holds your dental veneers in place.
As with any type of oral restoration, your veneers could be damaged by chewing hard foods, such as ice or hard candy, or biting down on pen caps, fingernails, and so on, so these activities should be avoided. In truth, you don’t necessarily have to give up the foods you love, you just have to be careful not to harm your veneers in the process.
This includes performing proper oral hygiene. Porcelain veneers are incredibly resilient, but if you want to preserve them, you need to make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and steer clear of toothpaste that contains abrasive materials, as these could wear the coating on the porcelain.
It’s important to stick to a daily schedule of brushing, flossing, and rinsing, just as you did before your dental veneers were installed. If you have trouble, we’ll be happy to teach you how to work around the restoration. You also need to visit StarWhite Dental regularly for check-ups to maintain optimal oral health and prevent any problems that could shorten the usable life of your dental veneers.
THE STARWHITE DENTAL ADVANTAGE
At StarWhite Dental in Murrieta California Dr. Cary Brown have extensive experience with Veneers. Please come in today for a complimentary cosmetic dental evaluation and see if veneers are a good fit for you.