Not all of us have the smiles that we dream of.
By accident of birth, by accidents themselves, as a result of aging, and for many other reasons, teeth can become yellow, discoloured, or otherwise aesthetically damaged.
And when your teeth are unattractive, it affects your life. Scientific studies show that people with yellow, or otherwise unsightly, teeth, do worse at work, in romance, and general social life.
This is why True Dental Care Preston is here to help improve the appearance of your smile (while at the same time ensuring your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be!).
And one excellent treatment we have for teeth that have superficial aesthetic issues is the dental veneer.
Let’s take a look at what the veneer is, how it works, and the effects it may have on your oral health and hygiene.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are shaped, thin shells of porcelain or composite material that are attached to the front of the teeth to:
- Enhance the look of your teeth and smile.
- Protect the tooth that lies beneath.
There are two types of veneers, composite and porcelain. Composite veneers are built upon existing teeth, layer after layer, as the patient sits in the dental chair.
Porcelain veneers are generally fabricated in a dental laboratory and can come very close to the translucency and lustre of a natural, healthy tooth.
They are typically thought of as more natural and attractive than composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are also quite durable and rugged.
True Dental Care Preston offers you porcelain veneers of the highest quality and durability!
Are veneers right for you?
There are several reasons to consider veneers as a solution for superficial cosmetic dental issues.
If you have yellow, discoloured, cracked, slightly misaligned, chipped, uneven, or oddly shaped teeth, veneers can improve your smile, confidence, and even performance.
They can also make your teeth appear brighter, and they are more stain-resistant than natural teeth.
But veneers are not ‘silver bullets’. While they can protect your teeth from decay by covering up the tooth surface, they can also have the opposite effect.
There are several ways teeth covered by veneers can get cavities:
- Patients with weak teeth (from fractures, decay, or extensive dental fillings) or unhealthy teeth (active gum disease or decay), or those without an adequate amount of tooth enamel are more prone to see decay.
- Shoddily installed veneers can have an incomplete fit on the surface of the tooth, leaving it vulnerable to decay, as the protective enamel has already been decreased by the process of installing the veneers.
- Veneers require good oral hygiene as well as regular trips to the dentist for check-ups. Failure to take good care can lead to cavities in the natural part of the tooth.
- A patient may be on medications that cause dry mouth or may have a suppressed immune system, which can lead to infection and inflammation problems in the mouth.
It will come as no surprise to our patients at True Dental Care Preston that we think that the best way to avoid decay in a tooth with a veneer is a conscientious personal oral health regimen.
Visit your dentist regularly and comply with all post-veneer treatment suggestions given to you by your dentist or dental hygienist.
A little common sense and some good habits can ensure that your veneers and the teeth below stay in good shape and remain attractive for a very long time.
Your Preston dentist will give you some recommendations on how to care for both the natural tooth below the veneer and the veneer itself.
Most of this advice will seem familiar, as it is the same advice we give for natural teeth.
- Brush twice — 20 minutes after every meal if possible.
- Floss daily.
- Rinse with a mouthwash twice a day to battle bacteria.
- Visit your dentist twice annually for complete professional cleaning.
- Decrease intake of sugary treats
- Cut down on acidic foods and drinks, like citrus fruits, soda, and coffee.
- Limit snacking
- Don’t smoke.
Dental Health in Preston
True Dental Care Preston was founded on a passion for beautiful, healthy smiles.
Our team is composed of Australian trained dentists, nurses, and a prosthetist.
You can find us near the corner of Donovan St and Bell St, a convenient 25 meters from the Bell Train Station! Our convenient offices are on the ground floor.
Call (03) 9131 5952 or visit us at 358 Bell St in Preston.