Healthy Smiles Dental
Matthew T. Kingston, DMD
Veneers are thin layers of restorative materials that are bonded to the surface of the teeth to protect the damaged teeth or improve its appearance. It is used to treat different defects of the teeth such as chipped or worn teeth. They can also be used to restore the natural color of teeth that have been damaged because of stains. A veneer can also be used to cover large gaps between the teeth.
Types of Veneers
There are different types of veneers depending on the type of materials used to make them. The most popular is the porcelain one. Also called porcelain laminates, the thickness is around half a millimeter and is fixed on to the front of the teeth in order for you to
have a beautiful outcome. This type of material mimics the teeth structure because it is hard. It also resists wear thus it can last for a long time.
Another type of veneer is the dental composite that is made from synthetic resins. This type of veneer is cheap, insoluble, and very easy to manipulate. It is also very tolerant to dehydration and is equally as beautiful as those made of porcelain.
Caring for Your Veneers
Taking care of your veneers largely depends on how they are used or taken care of. Taking care of these dental structures require good oral hygiene. Aside from flossing, it is crucial to brush your teeth using a non-abrasive toothpaste that contains fluoride. This will help reduce the decay especially in the areas of the tooth or teeth that do not have veneers.
It is also important to avoid exposing them to too much pressure especially if you have porcelain veneers, as they are incapable of withstanding strong impacts. Make sure that you don’t bite on hard objects or avoid clenching or grinding your teeth.