Are Veneers Bad for My Oral Health?

Getting veneers is a cosmetic dental procedure during which the front of your natural teeth is covered with a thin layer of composite, porcelain, or ceramic. They are chosen by patients who have minor defects and want a straighter, brighter smile. 

What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are very thin, custom-made shells that are fitted on the front surface of your natural teeth. They are smooth and have a pleasant shape, so they improve the appearance of your smile. 

They can be made of porcelain, ceramic or composite. Porcelain and ceramic veneers are more expensive, but they are also more durable. Composite is less durable, but it still has a life span of 10-15 years if taken care of properly. 

You can get veneers for one tooth, a few of them, or all of your teeth. Veneers are irreversible because the enamel of your tooth is partially removed before fitting the veneer. 

Who Can Get Veneers?

Veneers seem like a great option for correcting cosmetic defects like chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps, and slightly crooked teeth. You can get veneers only if your oral health issues are exclusively cosmetic. If you suffer from infections or other problems that need restorative dentistry, we will first deal with those.

If you are also interested in tooth whitening, you will have to do it before getting the veneers, as they will not respond to the treatment and will not match the rest of your teeth.

Are Veneers Bad for My Teeth?

This is one of the most common questions related to getting veneers. There is some concern around the procedure, because of the fact that the enamel is removed. But, in fact, veneers that are installed by an experienced Montebello dentist like Dr. Jelani Winslow will protect the tooth just like natural enamel does.

Realistically, veneers will be a poor barrier against decay if they were not fitted correctly in the first place. If the bonding of the veneer with the tooth is not sealing the tooth completely, you could get decay underneath the veneer. This is the top reason why you need to see a good cosmetic dentist for them.

You will have to keep good dental hygiene after getting veneers, as plaque will build upon them just like it does on natural teeth. Brush and floss twice a day, preferably using an electric toothbrush, and don’t skip your bi-annual dentist checkups. 

Book an Appointment for Getting Veneers

If you are interested in getting veneers, book an appointment at Whittier Palm Dental with Dr. Winslow. We service patients in the Montbello, Whittier, and Pico Rivera areas, and we have plenty of experience with this type of treatment. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and have your smile assessed by Dr. Winslow. Based on this, you will know if veneers are right for you. 

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