Porcelain veneers are an innovative, versatile and relatively inexpensive treatment for numerous cosmetic dentistry issues. They are also durable and long lasting. As long as veneers are well cared for, they can last as long as ten or fifteen years.
How Veneers Work
Porcelain veneers are placed on the teeth by a cosmetic dentist. The dentist uses a powerful bonding agent that allows the porcelain to bond to the tooth enamel. This bonding process makes the porcelain very strong—almost as strong as the original enamel of your teeth.
Veneers can be damaged, though. Excessive brushing with a hard toothbrush can scratch or pit the surface of the veneers, as can prolonged exposure to acid or certain agents used in cleanings provided at the dental office. The edges can also chip or crack if you habitually bite hard objects such as ice. In addition, it is possible for cavities to develop around the edges of the veneers or even underneath them, particularly if you do not practice diligent oral hygiene.
Taking Care of Veneers
Proper care of your veneers will help them remain a part of your beautiful smile for a long time to come. In order to supply high quality care for your veneers:
· Tell your dental hygienist that you have veneers
· Avoid staining agents
· Brush and floss regularly
· See your dentist regularly
· Avoid biting on hard objects
· Use a soft toothbrush and do not brush excessively
· Follow any other recommendations your dentist makes
Other measures you can take to protect your veneers include not biting your fingernails, wearing a mouthguard during sports activities, and having your dentist make a mouthguard for you to use at night to prevent teeth grinding.
If you are interested in finding out more about porcelain veneers in the Dallas area, please contact the office of Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, a cosmetic dentist specializing in veneers.