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What Are Dental Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are used to help recreate the natural look of teeth. The veneers are constructed from small but robust porcelain pieces, which gives strength and resilience that is very similar to a tooth’s natural enamel. Dental veneers are often chosen by patients that want to make slight positional, shape size, or colour changes.

What Exactly Are Dental Veneers?

Laminated porcelain veneers consist of a compilation of a number of thin ceramic layers. These have been designed to replace the original tooth enamel and an adhesive coating. The dental veneer is applied after a small amount of the natural tooth enamel has been removed. This is usually no more than a millimetre but is necessary to create space for the dental veneer to fit. The end result will put back all of the natural functions of the tooth, at the same time creating an appearance which is much better than the original tooth.

The bond that exists between the original tooth and the porcelain veneer is vital. This is because it provides not only the desired ‘look,’ but also the strength for the mouth to function normally. To obtain this effect, light-sensitive resin is put between the veneer and the original tooth, and quickly hardened using a specialist curing light.

The Uses Of Dental Veneers

Fitting dental veneers can be done to help with teeth that are in poor condition or discoloured. They are the ideal solution for patients that have discolouration problems, which have not responded well to bleaching or whitening. Veneers are also perfect for compromised tooth positions, gaps, or fractures.

 The Benefits Of Dental Veneers

Because veneers are sculptured individually for every patient, it is impossible to tell the difference between the natural tooth and the fitted veneer. The veneer has advantages over nature, as it has been designed to be stain resistant. The difference between a veneer and crown is that the tooth is almost kept intact. The treatment is not reversible because a portion of the tooth has been removed. However, new veneers can be fitted and adjustments carried out.

 The Cost Of Porcelain Veneers In The UK

The price for have a porcelain veneer fitted is variable and will be between £ 450 and £ 850. No-brand veneers may be fitted for as little as £300 upwards. A cosmetic dentist may well charge up to £2000 per tooth for a fitting.

 

 

Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Veneers

Your veneers can last for a long time, retaining their sheen and giving you a bright, winning smile. But you have to make sure you’re taking care of them. A big part of that is to keep them free from stains. That not only means avoiding foods and beverages that will stain your teeth, but it also means cleaning your veneers regularly with toothpaste.

You do need to be careful about which kinds of toothpaste you use. Your veneers are a bit more fragile than natural teeth, and you ought to use toothpaste that will be gentle on them. While it may seem like a good idea to use toothpaste with whitening agents, those added chemicals be harmful to your veneers. They can cause the veneers to deteriorate more quickly over time and to need replacement sooner than they normally would. It’s better to just avoid the kinds of things that would stain your teeth than to rely on whitening toothpaste to do the job for you.

You also want to avoid abrasive toothpaste. These are really gritty toothpastes and ones with powerful cleaning agents. Each toothpaste manufacturer is required to test their toothpaste for abrasiveness and assign it what is called an RDA value. The higher that value, the more abrasive the toothpaste is. The gentlest dental cleaners have an RDA value of O, while the maximum recommended limit is 250.You may not find an RDA rating on each brand of toothpaste you look at, but you can check the company’s website or contact them directly to find what the RDA value is for the toothpaste you are interested.

You can usually get a good idea of how abrasive a toothpaste is by looking at its marketing and packaging. If it says anything about whitening power or promotes any kind of power or superior effectiveness, then it is likely high on the abrasiveness scale.

If you are having trouble finding a toothpaste that you are sure is gentle enough for your veneers, the you can always consult with your dentist and get a recommendation there about what you should be using. Until that time, you can simply clean your veneers with a toothbrush and water.

Veneers don’t require the powerful cleaning products that are often required for teeth to stay healthy. Simple, no-frills toothpaste will usually be enough to keep them in great shape and ensure that they last for a while so long as you use it regularly. Also, when you brush, be sure you aren’t using your toothbrush too roughly. Gentle cleaning is the key to getting the most out of your veneers.

How To Care For Your Dental Veneers

You have got your new dental veneers. Your teeth are now white and perfectly aligned without bleaching or the need to wear aligners. However, no matter how perfectly they fit, these veneers aren’t a natural part of your body and you need to familiarise with some basics on how to live with and look after them.

You don’t need to drastically change the way you care for your teeth once you get veneers. The width of each tooth will not be excessively increased, so flossing will not be a problem at all. Veneers are thicker than your natural tooth enamel, though you should use only non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Abrasive ones may sand out the shiny surface of the veneer and make it change colour over a long term. For the same reason you should only choose soft brushes, but it’s not as important as the choice of the toothpaste.

Porcelain veneers are very tightly bound to the surface of your teeth, though the bonding agent isn’t stronger than the veneer itself, so a part of it can be chipped, with or without parts of your natural teeth. Basically the only way for that to happen is a mechanical trauma. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth you have to report it to your dentist even before you commence with veneer smile design. Perhaps the dentist will recommend you to wear a mouthguard while sleeping.

It’s not easy to damage a veneer, though you should not try to bite things that are particularly hard. There are no widely used foods which can cause veneer failure through applying excess mechanical force nor through excess acidification. On the other hand, using your teeth as a tool is not recommended.

Do not use your bite to screw or unscrew bottles and things alike, or forcibly pull something. Owing to the anatomy of your incisors, the veneers will cover the top, biting edge. You will be practically applying force using the veneer – not the actual tooth (tooth enamel). Porcelain is glass, and any excessive bending by pressure can make it break.

Despite the fact veneers are highly resistant to acidification, calcification and other chemical impacts, it’s your natural teeth that remain under the veneers, so you have to keep up with your regular dental care.

How long veneers can hold on your teeth tightly varies greatly. It may be anywhere between seven and 30 years. This primarily depends on the choice of a good dentist, rather than some special maintenance you can undertake. If veneers are done poorly, no maintenance tasks will help extend their life beyond just several years.