Dental veneers are popular as a means of whitening teeth that have become heavily stained, which can occur through smoking or heavy consumption of teeth staining foods or drinks, such as tea or red wine.
Veneers are also a great way to restore the appearance of teeth that have become cracked or chipped over time and in some cases, they may even be used as a minor ‘orthodontic’ option, particularly for a diastema (gap between the front teeth).
Having had the porcelain veneers fitted though, how can you make sure that you get the maximum benefit from them, keeping them clean and secure? Today, our Surbiton cosmetic dentist offers some helpful advice.
Keep them clean
Dental veneers are made from porcelain, and as such, will not suffer from problems such as tooth decay. This can lead the patient to become more relaxed about the care they take to clean their teeth. This is a big mistake though for several reasons. The least concerning of these is that although porcelain is relatively stain resistant, they could still discolour over time if tartar is allowed to harden on and around the surface.
More significantly though, if you do not clean well, the natural tooth to which the veneer is attached, is likely to decay. Even if this is restored with a filling, your veneer may not be attached as securely afterwards, potentially causing it to become detached. Gum disease is also a threat and so, for all of these reasons, you should both brush your teeth well and use floss as instructed by our dentist or hygienist.
Certain habits which some people have, could potentially cause the veneers to be loosened from the teeth, possibly even causing them to become detached altogether. These habits include the biting of fingernails or any hard objects such as pens which occasionally we do without realising. It should be said however, that the special adhesive used to attach the veneers to the natural tooth is very strong and detachment is relatively rare. It is perhaps more likely to happen a number of years into the life of your veneer as the adhesive loses some of its strength.
In the rare event of a veneer becoming detached, please do not attempt to reattach it yourself and call our Surbiton dental practice instead to arrange an appointment for us to reattach it correctly.
Follow up appointments
Nearly all dental procedures, whether general or cosmetic, require professional monitoring to make sure that everything is proceeding as it should and that there are no problems. In the event of any issues, it is always best to catch these at an early stage so that they can be corrected without the need for the more extensive treatment that may be needed if issues are left unmonitored for some time.
If your teeth are heavily stained, or you are generally unhappy about the way that your teeth look, please call the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton for a free consultation on 020 8399 1291.