Studies demonstrate that people with straight white teeth are treated better than those with yellow or discoloured teeth.
This is true for ALL aesthetic issues that harm the appearance of teeth.
Yellow, chipped, slightly misaligned, oddly sized, different length, and stained teeth can ruin your smile.
For yellow teeth, there is always the possibility that traditional whitening will not work.
For people in this situation, Cardiff Dental offers porcelain veneers as a cosmetically restorative option. These veneers are quick (two visits), effective, and can last up to 15 years.
So, if you have tooth-yellowing, particularly yellowing that whitening cannot affect, or any other minor aesthetic problem with your teeth, dental veneers might be just the thing for you.
Let’s take a look at this useful cosmetic treatment.
If you want to upgrade your smile, dental veneers are one uncomplicated option. Thin coverings that are placed over the surface (visible) part of the tooth, veneers are useful in correcting a wide range of dental issues, such as:
- teeth that are yellow or stained and can’t be whitened by bleaching
- crooked or misshapen or crooked teeth
- worn or chipped teeth
- uneven spaces or a large gap between upper front teeth
Veneers are constructed of composite resin or porcelain, with porcelain veneers being recognised as more durable, lustrous, and translucent.
Veneers and your Oral Health
Veneers can have opposite effects on your oral health, including the likelihood of your getting cavities in the teeth under the veneers.
Veneers are also not right for all patients, so it is crucial for patients with yellow, discoloured, and other unattractive tooth conditions to have a thorough check-up before consulting about veneers.
And if you already have tooth decay or gum disease, you may not be a perfect candidate for veneers.
A dental veneer requires 3-30% of the natural tooth surface to be removed to receive a veneer. Because a veneer sits over the front of the tooth (thus consuming space) and needs to stick quite firmly, existing tooth surface must be removed to make the fit a good one.
This is just one of the reasons that veneers, like any dental treatment, should be discussed until both patient and dentist are happy with the treatment plan.
As for cavities, tooth decay is possible in teeth with porcelain veneers. The porcelain itself doesn’t decay, but any part of the tooth that isn’t covered by the veneer can still get a cavity. This means that, in one way, veneers can be protective, but in another way, they can be troublesome.
If you do get a cavity in a tooth with a veneer, it is usually easy to fix, particularly if the dentist catches it early. This is just another reason we recommend regular dental visits.
There isn’t that much difference between a cavity in a natural tooth, versus a cavity in a tooth with veneers. It’s the same process. There is one small difference if decay occurs directly against the porcelain, which is that a special bonding procedure needs to be used to bond the composite filling material to the porcelain.
The meeting at the edge of the veneer is the area most susceptible to decay. However, in practice, we come across very little decay around veneers, which seems to be because patients with veneers seem to take better care of their teeth once they’ve seen their new, beautiful smile.
If you suffer from tooth decay after the placement of a veneer, the decay is generally easy to treat. On newer veneers, a tooth-coloured bonding agent may be the answer, while older dental veneers may be replaced. But as with all things dental, the real answer is in prevention and not cure.
While you may have some unavoidable issues with your teeth that veneers can fix, it then becomes up to you to avoid any future dental problems that might compromise your veneers or the teeth they are placed on.
Cardiff Dental is:
“The Best Dentist in Maitland” as awarded by Three Best Rated
Three Best Rated hand-picked top 3 dentists in Maitland, NSW. Their 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking ratings, reviews, reputation, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. Deadset the best!
- A comprehensive cosmetic, implant, and family dentist
- A local family-owned and family-run dental practice
- You have the option of seeing the same dentist every time
- Available to treat painful conditions on the same day
- One of the very few dental practices that are accredited by QIP (Quality Innovative Performance) for meeting the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards
We are located at 434B Kelton St in Cardiff.
We look forward to seeing you soon.