Ryde Dental Care
17 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde NSW 2114
Dr Chad Hazouri
Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Veneers – Care & Advantages

The Care Of Veneers

Caring for your veneers will ensure that they last longer. Regular checks with the dentist who fitted them, or one who is experienced in the care of veneers, is recommended. During your visit, the veneers will be polished, and any irregularities will be trimmed. Mention to your dentist if you have noticed any problem during brushing or flossing.
Excessive chewing or biting, especially on foods like hard lollies, ice or bones may break the porcelain. Holding other hard objects in your teeth such as nails, pens or bottle tops may damage the veneers.
If they are struck by sharp objects, porcelain veneers can fracture, just like normal teeth. Wearing a mouthguard during sport is strongly recommended.
Good dental hygiene is important to extend the life of the veneers. Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing after meals will help to prevent decay.

Advantage Of Veneers

  • Application is relatively painless.
  • If the tooth underneath is strong enough, veneers can be a simpler and cheaper alternative to crowns.
  • Veneers are resistant to stain due to age, tea, coffee or smoking.
  • The porcelain and the cement used in the cementing process are strong, making veneers comparable in strength to normal teeth.
  • When applied professionally and cared for regularly, veneers can last for many years.
  • Porcelain will not decay.

Disadvantage of Veneers

  • A veneer cannot be repaired if it is damaged or if the gum shrinks away from the top edge.
  • Veneers tend to be relatively expensive.
  • A small amount of tooth must be removed during preparation.

Other Consideration With Veneers

  • After your dentist prepares your teeth and you are waiting for the fitting of the veneer, the teeth will feel rough and strange due to their exposed, buffed surfaces. At this time, teeth may be more sensitive to air or touch and to hot or cold foods. They are also more likely to stain. Attention to hygiene is important during this time the exposed teeth can be covered with a temporary veneer if you wish, although this is not usually necessary and will increase the cost of the procedure.
  • Veneers are not a replacement for corrective dental procedures in people with overcrowded or badly misaligned teeth, or upper and lower teeth that do not meet evenly. As healthy gums are essential to the success of veneers, daily attention to oral hygiene is important.