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Patients should expect the teeth beneath dental veneers to remain as strong and healthy as ever, but there is a catch. It is critical to maintain good oral hygiene after receiving dental veneers. This includes following the dentist's post-treatment recommendations, brushing and flossing twice daily, and visiting the dentist twice a year for examinations and cleanings. These procedures will keep the mouth cavity healthy and dental veneers in good shape.

Preparing the teeth for veneers

Veneer preparation varies slightly based on the material used. Begin with porcelain. A dentist creates a mold or impression of the patient's tooth or teeth in this scenario. This is then delivered to a facility where the dental veneers are created. When completed, the lab returns the personalized shells to the dentist.

The application process for porcelain veneers

The patient then returns to the dentist to have the veneers bonded. The dentist uses a tool to remove as little enamel as possible to provide a secure and pleasant fit. The dentist then applies a specific dental glue to the tooth's surface after some fine-tuning. The dental veneers are then applied by the dentist.

Getting veneers made of composite resin

Because this substance forms over a patient's teeth, the preparation is unique. In this scenario, the dentist must remove somewhat more enamel than is required for porcelain veneers. After that, the dentist shapes and molds the composite material to the tooth or teeth, followed by washing and polishing. All dental veneers, especially porcelain, appear perfectly natural.

The effect of placing dental veneers on the teeth

In most cases, just roughly 0.5mm of enamel is removed to place dental veneers. Bonding dental veneers causes no harm to the tooth or surrounding anatomy. Veneers provide extra protection against cavities and preserve the remaining tooth structure for people looking to protect a damaged or weak tooth.

Maintaining good oral health

Dental veneers can typically last up to ten years before needing repair or replacement. The covers can safeguard the teeth for several years with regular oral hygiene and dental appointments. However, if patients do not take adequate care of their veneers and natural teeth, they risk damaging them.

For example, failing to floss regularly might lead to the accumulation of decay-causing microorganisms between the teeth. Bacteria will harm the native tooth enamel behind the veneer if this occurs. 

Although the veneer material itself is not susceptible to decay, the tooth beneath it is. Bacteria will cause decay as they eat away at the enamel. Cavities or decays under cosmetic dental restorations frequently go undetected, thus patients may not realize they have a cavity until they have tooth pain.

If the cavity is left untreated for too long, the tooth may become infected, necessitating root canal therapy to save the tooth. Sometimes restoring the tooth is difficult, which means it must be extracted and replaced with a dental implant or another tooth replacement option for your smile makeover.

In conclusion

When considering dental veneers, it is critical to remember that the lifespan of the results and the health of the teeth beneath are heavily dependent on how well oral hygiene is maintained.

Dental veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile. They are popular not only because they are useful for both structural and cosmetic difficulties with the teeth, but also because they are strong, sturdy, and can endure for several years with proper care.

If you are considering getting dental veneers, consult your dentist. You should ask them about the procedure and other options for your smile makeover.

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