Factors that Influence the Success of Veneers
Dental veneers are effective for restoring teeth that are chipped, stained, discolored, crooked or have gaps. You can have healthy looking teeth, and a bright smile from dental veneers. However, there are certain factors that influence the success of dental veneers and how long they last, including the following:
The type of dental veneers– The two main types of dental veneers are composite veneers and porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are made from a tooth-colored resin, and porcelain veneers are thin tooth-colored shells. Porcelain veneers are more durable than composite veneers. With proper care and hygiene, porcelain veneers can last for 15-25 years.
The quality of veneer preparation– Hiring Professional Interior House Painting ContractorsAccuracy in building the dental veneers is vital. The quality of the construction affects how veneer margins against the tooth and contact points with other veneers or natural teeth. The quality of preparation will also influence the veneer matching the existing teeth to create a natural color.
The condition of tooth/teeth– Sufficient tooth structure is essential for the strength of the tooth/teeth and bonding the veneers. Options like crowning can be ideal for fractured or heavily restored teeth/tooth.
The color of the teeth also dictates how much tooth enamel is removed before placing the veneer. Excessive discoloration or staining requires the removal of more tooth enamel for the best results. So consider whitening your teeth before treatment to minimize unnecessary reduction of the tooth structure.
The preparation of tooth/teeth– The right technique of preparing the incisal edge (tip) of your tooth for the veneer is important. The dentist can prepare the tooth depending on the strength of the tooth and aesthetics required. He or she can finish at the edge of the veneer or reduce the height of the tooth to create a natural looking result.
A tooth/teeth that are out of position also require more preparation before placing the veneer. However, if the tooth is far back, the preparation may be minimal and the thickness of the veneer simply increased.
Veneer placement– The type of bond/cement used, the quality of the cementation, and the bonding procedure is also crucial to the strength of the dental veneer. This protects the veneer and the tooth from any contamination that can weaken it.
Your oral hygiene– It is important to maintain consistent good oral hygiene. Poor teeth care and hygiene can lead to decay around the veneers as well as increase the risk of gum disease problems.
Your diet– Staining foods and heavy smoking can discolor your veneers. Generally, composite veneers stain considerably more than porcelain veneers.
Your habits– Some habits can increase the chance of chipping or fracturing your veneers. Avoid habits like chewing ice, pencils, nails, grinding your teeth, etc.
Dental checkup– Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help to protect your natural teeth and improve the veneers durability.
At the dental offices of Dr. Aki Shirakura & Associates, we put great care into getting your veneers just right. Schedule a consultation to learn more about dental veneers. We can tell you if veneers are right for your situation.