Over time, teeth may change color, crack or weaken due to decay. There are different ways to handle these issues and one of the most common solutions is coatings. Here are the answers to the 7 most common questions our patients ask us about veneers.
1)Do I really need a porcelain veneer?
There is a reason why dentists recommend porcelain veneers. It can be used to straighten worn or severely discolored teeth, to protect teeth that are prone to cracking or splitting at the roots, and to restore teeth that are already broken. Porcelain veneers are used to connect bridges and are also highly recommended to protect the tooth after root canal treatment. An “implant veneer” covers a dental implant and replaces the missing tooth.
2)Will my porcelain veneer look natural?
Definitely! You don’t have to worry because even if you only need one or two veneers, these will be made to match the color of your natural teeth.
What about those who want to restore six or more teeth? This is quite common and your dentist will work with you to discuss all the factors to give you the best and most natural looking smile. Factors can include your age, skin color, hair color and even eye color.
3)After how many appointments can I get my new teeth?
Veneers usually require two sessions. The first session is when the dentist prepares the teeth, takes impressions and places a temporary veneer. The second is a rendezvous to which the actual veneer is pasted.
4)Will I feel pain during a porcelain veneer treatment?
The treatment is painless, but every patient is different. Some experience no discomfort at all, while others may experience occasional sensitivity to heat and cold. It’s always best to talk to your dentist about your concerns.
5)What are the types of materials used in coating construction?
Veneers are made of different materials such as ceramics, porcelain and gold alloys. Your dentist will recommend the most suitable material for you.
6)How long is it?
With proper care, coatings can last a lifetime. However, we do see patients with broken or loose coatings. Common causes are decay in the underlying natural tooth, deterioration from heavy clenching or clenching.
Brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least twice a day to ensure your veneer is durable. Avoid chewing hard foods that can damage the coating. If you grind your teeth, protect your veneer (and your natural teeth) from excessive pressure and ask your dentist for a night guard. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly.
7)Could the veneer have cavities on the tooth?
The crowns will not rot, but the underlying tooth may. A new cavity (cavity) may form without proper oral hygiene. When this happens, your coating will no longer fit and may fall off. It is important to have your teeth and restorations (crowns, fillings, veneers) checked regularly for any signs of new cavities. With regular checks and cleaning, you can prevent possible problems that may occur to the tooth under your veneer.