If an individual’s tooth surfaces are eroded, porcelain veneers can be prescribed. The process is quite simple. A thin shell of porcelain is placed on the front surface of a specific tooth. This is meant to improve the appearance of the tooth and the overall health of the mouth. This orthodontic procedure of veneer installation is one of the many alternatives to tooth extraction. This is most true when the damage to a tooth is superficial and on the enamel level only.
While resin veneers are also available, those that are made from porcelain are preferred by more people nowadays. This is due to the fact that such a veneer type has a longer lifespan and better resistance to staining. The only issue with porcelain types is their brittle nature. It is therefore necessary for an individual to know how to take care of it through careful selection of food, flossing, and brushing with the use on non-abrasive toothpaste.
If properly taken care of, this type of veneer can last a maximum time of twenty years. However, there are issues that need to be addressed when porcelain veneers are fitted to one or more of an individual’s teeth. First of all, a tooth isn’t immune to the formation of cavities. Gum shrinkage can expose surfaces where cavity formation can start.
Next is the risk of a fitted veneer getting damaged due to teeth grinding. These and other sleep-related conditions must be reviewed by an orthodontist before prescribing a specific type of veneer. He or she can also prescribe the use of “bite guards”.
Last on the list is the observable change in teeth sensitivity during and after the fitting of porcelain veneers. Since a portion of the enamel layer will be eroded to give way to the laminating materials, it is understandable that the teeth will become highly sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks. Things are expected to go back to normal once the veneer has been fitted in correctly.
McLoud Family Dentistry uses state-of the-art equipment and materials to ensure that every veneer they make and install satisfy every patient’s needs.