Dental veneers are by far one of the most popular types of cosmetic dentistry we do here at Hockerill Dental, so it’s only natural that you’d have some questions about whether it’s really worth investing in.
If you’re thinking about getting dental veneers, and have been weighing up the pros and cons, we can help. Today, we’re looking at how dental veneers in Bishops Stortford can impact your natural teeth, and whether they can pose a risk to the health of your teeth.
How do veneers affect your teeth?
If you’ve been thinking about getting veneers from a dentist in Hertfordshire, then you’re probably already familiar with what veneers are, and how they work. These thin sheets of material (usually porcelain) are made to fit over your natural tooth to enhance its appearance. They’re a great option for teeth that are badly stained or chipped, as veneers can simply cover any issues up, and make your smile look and feel fantastic. They can be used to treat:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Misaligned teeth
Sounds great, but what’s the catch?
The truth is that getting dental veneers done by an experienced dentist should mean that they don’t affect your natural teeth whatsoever. Here at Hockerill Dental, our dentists will only ever offer veneers as an option if your teeth and gums are fundamentally healthy, and this means a thorough examination, x-rays and more to ensure there is no sign of disease present.
If there’s an issue, you will receive treatment before veneers can be fitted.
This level of care is carried out before and during your treatment with us, and the prep for your veneers will be just as meticulous. Veneers require a very thin layer of your tooth’s enamel to be removed, this allows space for the veneer, however in some cases too much enamel can be removed, leaving your natural teeth looking very small and unnatural.
We only remove the smallest amount of enamel, enough to ensure your veneers fit well and look great, without impacting the health of your natural teeth underneath.
Some patients require little or no preparation of the natural tooth (depending on individual needs which will be assessed at your consultation)
So, can dental veneers cause my natural teeth to rot?
Once you’ve got your new veneers bonded to your teeth, and you’re ready to go and enjoy your new smile, there’s little else you need to worry about. Although your natural tooth is now covered up, having that extra layer of protection can actually help to keep your natural teeth safe from damage. Of course, maintaining a good dental hygiene routine is vital to prevent your natural tooth from decaying or becoming damaged, but there are also other things you can do to help maintain a healthy smile, including:
- Reducing sugar intake with a healthy balanced diet
- Using dental floss as well as brushing
- Avoiding teeth grinding
- Avoiding very hard or sticky foods
- Not whitening after veneers are fitted
Aside from regular appointments with your dentist and cleaning twice a day, it’s also vital that your veneers are fitted properly, so it’s worth investing in an experienced dentist to do this.
How can I be sure I will be happy with my new smile?
We understand that deciding to get dental veneers is a big deal, as there’s no going back once they’re in place. That’s why we will always show you how your smile will look after veneers are fitted. Giving you the opportunity to review a before and after will help you decide whether you definitely want to opt for dental veneers in Hertfordshire, and if so, what size, shape and colour work best for you.
Interested? Get in touch with our team!
When it comes to dental veneers, you’re in the best hands with us. We offer a wide range of veneer options, including:
- Composite veneers
- Porcelain veneers
- Ultrathin veneers
So, whatever your requirements, we’re confident we can help. To find out more, get in touch with our team.