Can Veneers Damage Your Real Teeth?
Dental veneers are one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures – used to treat a variety of oral complaints including chipped or broken teeth, uneven teeth, worn down or yellow teeth, and crooked or gappy teeth. When these flaws can affect both your confidence and the functionality of your mouth, it’s natural that patients from the Gold Coast and beyond come to The Dental Boutique for dental veneers.
One concern we see from many of our patients at first, is whether veneers will damage their real teeth. In this guide, we’re explaining what you need to know about veneers, and whether they could impact your natural teeth.
What are veneers made of?
Veneers are made of porcelain – a strong, durable and stain-resistant material. They are an ultra thin moulding that is custom fit to your natural teeth, and are made to last for years, if not decades.
Veneers can be colour-matched to your existing teeth to blend perfectly, so no one but you has to know about the treatment.
How do they attach to your teeth?
Traditionally, attaching veneers required the filing down of natural teeth, leaving little tooth structure left. Dental technology has since advanced, and the application process is now virtually pain-free.
The dental veneers procedure will only go ahead following an assessment of your teeth and gum health, and once we determine that you’re a suitable candidate, treatment will begin. This involves removing a thin layer of your tooth enamel and using a dental adhesive to attach your bespoke porcelain veneer(s) to your teeth. A curing light will then be used to harden the bonding material, and your new smile will be revealed.
Do veneers ruin your natural teeth?
The good news is that neither dental veneers nor the bonding material can damage your natural teeth. Veneers are a great choice when you want to enhance the natural beauty of your smile, and are more conservative than some alternatives such as crowns. However, it’s important to keep in mind that dental veneers are considered permanent, since a thin layer of enamel has to be removed in order to adhere them.
Veneers don’t last forever, and will need to be replaced if they’re damaged.
If you do not take proper care of your veneers, then the underlying teeth could be susceptible to decay. For this reason, practise good oral hygiene once your veneers have been fitted, to extend the life and quality of them. Brush and floss regularly, and avoid grinding your teeth, as this can impact the veneers.
Book a consultation at our Gold Coast clinic
When only premium dental care will do, book a consultation with the private cosmetic dentists at The Dental Boutique. We use the latest dental technology and quality materials to deliver the highest levels of care to our patients, so you can be confident you’re making the best decision for the health of your smile.
To find out more about dental veneers or other cosmetic dental treatments in the Gold Coast, email us on [email protected] or call (07) 5591 2262.