Have you heard that porcelain veneers can cause cavities?
At Dentist on Glasgow, our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand has fitted many of our past and present patients with dental veneers and knows the ins and outs of this treatment like the back of their hand!
Here, our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand answers common FAQs that we receive about porcelain veneers. So, read on and enjoy!
What are dental veneers?
A veneer is a thin covering made from either porcelain or a porcelain composite mixture and is placed on a tooth to act as a cosmetic or restorative. While you may not associate them with our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand, as veneers can be used to treat sensitivity and conceal cracks or chips in the teeth, we are well versed in fitting them!
Cosmetically, dental veneers are used to whiten teeth and create a better appearance of symmetry.
Will they cause cavities?
No; research into veneers and cavities have found that the presence of these porcelain restoratives does not increase the incidence of cavities.
However, you must remember that your teeth will still need to be cleaned when you have veneers fitted, and you must aim to attend dental checkups as regularly as possible with our team to prevent cavities.
Can I smoke with veneers?
While our team cannot stop you from smoking when you have had veneers fitted, it is not advised.
This is because smoking releases toxins that can infiltrate your gums, heightening the chances of you developing gum disease. And if you develop gum disease while veneers are fitted, this can cause them to fall off prematurely. Gum disease poses a problem for the longevity of your teeth too as it can cause them to fall out and become loose.
If you would like to get help with smoking cessation from our team before having veneers fitted, we would be more than happy to book you in for an appointment.
Can they conceal gaps?
In some cases, yes, but this is at our dental team's discretion.
If you have minor gaps between your teeth, we can create a wider veneer that can be placed on the nearest teeth, which will hide the gap and create a better look of symmetry. However, if you have extensive spacing, we may suggest orthodontic work, such as the use of a standard brace or an invisible aligner.
How long do they last?
With correct care and oral hygiene, dental veneers can last up to and over 15 years. And, of course, if you suspect that yours are coming loose prematurely, our team will be more than happy to refit them.
Remember, you will still need to brush your veneers twice a day and attend dental checkups every 6 months to ensure that your teeth, gums and veneers are in good condition.
If you smoke or drink excessively, this can shorten the lifespan of your veneers, as can having acute cases of gum disease.
If you want to know more about dental veneers, please contact our friendly team today!
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.