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Are porcelain veneers permanent?

veneers CypressVeneers are a cosmetic treatment option available to enhance one or multiple teeth. Most porcelain veneer treatment is permanent; this is because your cosmetic dentist will remove a thin amount of enamel from the front of teeth to receive veneers. Once removed, enamel does not grow back so treated teeth will require protection forever.

What can veneers do?

In a matter of a couple of weeks, veneers can be applied to correct teeth suffering from deep dental stain; chipped enamel; uneven dentition; unwanted gaps between teeth; and misshapen teeth.

If teeth whitening is part of your smile makeover, this step should be completed first so your dental provider can match your veneers to your newly lightened teeth.

A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will identify the teeth that can benefit from veneers. At your first treatment visit, a thin amount of enamel will be removed from the front of teeth to receive veneers. Dental impressions will be taken for the dental lab; temporaries will be placed to protect teeth; and in about two weeks your smile makeover can be completed.

The dental lab will work with your dental provider to fabricate the veneers … they will be made to match neighboring untreated teeth to form a symmetrical and seamless finish. Porcelain is the ideal material for veneers as it is stain resistant.

Veneers are very thin shells that are lightweight and reflect light so they appear natural . They will be tried on for fit and appearance; when ready, they will be permanently cemented to teeth.

Do’s and Don’ts with Veneer Treated Teeth

Once veneers are in place, you will need to be careful not to bite into hard or chewy foods. If a veneer should break or become dislodged, it will likely require replacing as veneers are not repairable.

If you bite your fingernails or use your teeth to open packages, you will need to forego these habits. Even though teeth are strengthened with veneers, they are not able to withstand the pressure of these bad habits.

Caring for veneer treated teeth is the same as all your teeth. You will brush and floss daily and visit our dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, every six months for cleaning and dental exam.

What causes tooth decay?

dentist Cypress TXCavities are preventable. It takes vigilance; and your dentist has many helpful options that can work with your own diligence to keep your mouth decay free for life.

Help From Your Dentist

Caring for teeth begins in infancy. We must rely on caregivers to do what is best to provide the optimum start in life for our oral health. Many parents don’t realize that they should take their child to the dentist for their first visit at age one. Regular visits will provide all the information and treatment options available to help defeat dental decay.

Two important aids that occur with regular dental visits include fluoride treatments to help fortify dental enamel; and dental sealants can be placed on the chewing surfaces of molar teeth where dental decay can be so pervasive.

Regular dental cleaning will remove plaque that has formed since your previous visit. Plaque build-up can lead to dental decay and gum disease.

Leading Causes of Tooth Decay

Negligence and diet choices are two of the main reasons decay develops. It takes time and diligence to develop great habits; children must rely on parents to help form those good choices. And since cavities seem more likely to occur in the underdeveloped teeth of children, this is an important time in cavity prevention.

Daily brushing and flossing – children require supervision; if these two acts are ingrained as children, it is likely they will carry over into adulthood. Use age appropriate toothpaste and toothbrush; once children have learned to spit toothpaste out, switch to a fluoridated paste or gel. Dental floss comes in a variety of styles and flavors – find one your child is most likely to use.

The foods and beverages consumed are very important for dental health. The daily mainstay should be made up of fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, and healthy grains. Sugary treats and beverages should be reserved for special occasions. Soda and juice should be limited. Drink water for hydration. If you are going to drink soda or juice, drink with a meal and use a straw to allow as much beverage as possible to bypass teeth. Never put juice or soda in your child’s sippy cup or baby bottle.

Lead by example – do not use tobacco; eat a healthy diet; and make sure to visit our dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, every six months for cleaning and dental exam.