Can Veneers Ruin Your Teeth? An Expert's Guide

One of the most common questions we receive at Burkburnett Family Dental about porcelain veneers is if they ruin your teeth. As one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, we get this question quite often. In a nutshell, the answer is no. Porcelain veneers don't ruin your teeth. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for inexperienced or indifferent dentists to apply veneers incorrectly.

To ensure a smooth, natural-looking smile without unsightly bumps, your cosmetic dentist should prepare the tooth surface before applying a veneer. In most cases, approximately half a millimeter of the tooth surface will be shaved before the veneer appointment. This is a quick, ambulatory process that does not compromise the integrity of the tooth or increase the likelihood of developing tooth decay. Once the veneers are placed, under normal circumstances, your natural teeth should never rot underneath them. But you should choose a reputable cosmetic dentist to apply them correctly and then take good care of your veneers on a daily basis.

Veneers cannot be placed on rotten or decayed teeth. Veneers are a strictly cosmetic restoration, intended to improve the appearance of healthy teeth. Cavities and other forms of tooth decay need to be treated first or the problem will only get worse. The ends of a veneer are vulnerable, so flossing is an extremely important part of daily care. When plaque builds up between the teeth, bacteria can feed on it and corrode exposed enamel along the edge of the veneer. Because the veneer covers the tooth, you may not even notice the cavity until significant decay has occurred.

Loose veneers are a breeding ground for bacteria. An experienced cosmetic dentist should have no problem achieving a tight bond when applying the veneer. However, if the veneer is poorly adhered, plaque will build up and compromise the tooth. If your veneer feels even a little loose, or if your tooth feels exposed, see your dentist right away. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and preferably after every meal with a non-abrasive gel toothpaste without hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or other whitening ingredients; your dentist may recommend or prescribe a toothpaste.

Aside from this removal of part of the enamel, properly placed and adhered veneers have no impact on the supporting teeth. Most customers won't experience any of the problems or horror stories they've heard, such as bad smells or natural tooth decay. In fact, veneers could even protect teeth from cavities, since there is less exposed dental material. Veneers are simply porcelain covers that your cosmetic dentist in Crown Point places permanently on the front of your teeth. For veneers to look natural, a thin layer of enamel will need to be removed from the teeth.

However, this process doesn't increase your chances of tooth decay; the part of your teeth that lost its enamel will be protected by the veneer. While the dental porcelain used in veneers doesn't decay, cavities can form behind porcelain veneers. When this happens, the resulting tooth decay will jeopardize the long-term health of the teeth and potentially shorten the life of the restoration. To prevent this from happening, it's crucial that you take appropriate steps to maintain the health of your teeth and gums after the porcelain veneer procedure. So what if your teeth suffer a serious health deterioration after you put on your veneers? A common question we receive from patients is whether cavities can still appear under the veneers. If you don't take good care of your oral health, your teeth can decay and basically rot under the veneers.

That's why it's so important to brush and floss your teeth regularly, in addition to regular dental checkups and cleanings. If you have a rotting tooth under the veneer, it can cause the veneer to fail. We may also need to remove it to treat tooth decay and prevent it from progressing. Nothing will happen to your teeth as long as you take care of your veneers, which is easy to do. Not following recommended care and hygiene practices could compromise the enamel and structure of your teeth, and you could notice damage to your natural teeth over time or a reduction in the lifespan of dental veneers. Although veneers add a layer of protection by isolating teeth from the surrounding environment, cavities can still form under and around the veneer.

In addition, for patients who have veneers placed due to damaged or weakened teeth, the veneer offers an additional layer of protection and helps preserve tooth structure. If you're looking for veneers to cover damaged or weakened teeth, veneers offer an extra level of protection against tooth decay and also help preserve tooth structure.

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