Looking After Your New Dental Veneers

Our Burton on Trent dental practice offers advice on care of tooth veneers.

Dental veneers are often used in cases where the teeth are severely stained and where a whitening procedure alone would be insufficient.

They are also an effective answer to the problem of chipped or cracked visible teeth which cannot be easily corrected with other dental techniques and hence appear unsightly. In some cases, they may also be used to close gaps between the front teeth (known as a diastema). So as we can see, dental veneers offer a very flexible solution for improving the overall appearance of a patient’s teeth.

Wear and Tear

Because of the nature of dental veneers, they are only used on the visible teeth. The method of attachment and the fine nature of the material used to produce them means that they are unsuitable for placement on rear teeth where much of the chewing action occurs when eating.

As they are largely a cosmetic solution for discoloured or cracked teeth, there would be very little point in applying them to the rear teeth which are much less visible.

Even when attached to the front teeth though, dental veneers can be at risk of detachment if the wearer does not follow some simple guidance – hopefully, the following tips offered by Mike Allen’s Dental Practice in Burton will enable patients to get the best from their new dental veneers and give them a lengthy life span.

Fingernails and other objects

Because dental veneers are attached to the front of the teeth, any excessive biting down on hard objects is likely to increase the risk of them becoming detached.

One of the most common reasons for this to happen is the biting of fingernails. Some people do this out of habit and are often not aware that they are doing it. Without a doubt though, fingernail biting is one of the leading causes of dental veneer detachment that is seen by UK dentists.

It is not the only one though and another common, and similar, practice that causes this to happen is biting down on pencils or pens. Basically any action similar to these two may well result in the veneer becoming detached.

In the event that veneers do become detached, please call Mike Allen’s as soon as you can. In many cases, the veneers will be able to be re-attached using dental cement. You should most certainly not attempt to do this yourself using superglue or similar products – really this has happened before and causes a lot of problems!

Flossing

Some of our patients have expressed concern that flossing may cause the veneers to become detached. If the veneers have been fitted carefully, then with a little care and attention, this is very unlikely to happen. Also, any tiny risk is heavily outweighed by the increased risk of gum disease that flossing is so effective at preventing.

Brushing

The same applies, as above,  when it comes to brushing the teeth. It is highly unlikely that you will detach a dental veneer simply by brushing.

Although the veneers, which are made from porcelain or ceramic, are not susceptible to staining in the same way as our natural teeth are; there are some situations which can cause them to stain, especially in the case of heavy smoking. Irrespective of this though, as with flossing, brushing is essential in the prevention of gum disease and to maintain good oral health.

Following this simple advice should enable you to have trouble free dental veneers for many years. And, as you would expect from the friendly staff at your local Burton dentist, we are always happy to offer advice or answer any questions you may have by calling us on Burton on 01283 845345.