What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells that are tooth-coloured and made from either porcelain or other durable materials such as composite resin. They are permanently bonded to the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance and enhance your smile. Teeth veneers allow for a natural-looking method for dental improvement as they are customised to improve the colour and shape of your existing teeth specifically.
Veneers are a suitable treatment for dental issues such as chipped, broken, misshaped or uneven teeth. How many veneers you get is completely up to you. If you are struggling with a discoloured or damaged tooth, then a single veneer may do the job. However, implementing a set of 6 or 8 dental veneers is also common for achieving a harmonious and balanced smile.
How Do Veneers Work?
Dental veneers cover your existing tooth with a thin layer of porcelain or resin that is bonded to your natural tooth enamel. To ensure the veneers bond with your teeth and remain in place for a long time, about 0.3–0.5 mm of the tooth’s surface may be prepared to create the perfect seat for the veneers to be positioned and bonded the tooth enamel. In the case of minimal-preparation veneers, usually only superficial roughening of the enamel using an acid etch is required to ensure the veneer securely bonds to the tooth using dental cement.
You do not need to place veneers on all teeth, but instead, just on the problematic ones, your dentist and ceramist will carefully match the colour to the surrounding teeth. Veneers can be customised to fit your teeth perfectly. They are securely bonded to your teeth and can last for 10-20 years, depending on the type of material used and if they are cared for and maintained adequately.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, shell-like ceramic pieces that are bonded over the outward-facing surface of the tooth. They are the ideal restorative procedure for imperfect teeth that are oddly shaped, damaged, worn, discoloured, inappropriately sized, or simply do not meet a person’s aesthetic desires.
Porcelain veneers are known as the original or traditional veneers as they are highly durable and stain-resistant. They also have a natural luminescence which imitates the natural beauty look of a healthy set of teeth. The best porcelain veneers last 15–20 years and will create a long-lasting beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers allow for immediate improvements and a healthy-looking smile in just a few comfortable visits.
What Are Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are a more cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers and are made from a tooth-coloured resin material that is applied onto and bonded directly to your teeth. Composite veneers bonding can be layered and fitted directly onto the tooth to create the desired shape. This process is followed by bonding, which uses a special wavelength curing light to ensure the composite veneer material attaches securely to the tooth enamel. Composite veneers can rectify a range of dental issues such as crooked, chipped, and gapped teeth. In some instances, composite veneers can be a no-prep procedure which means it will be less invasive and provide a quicker implementation and can even be performed from start to finish in one appointment.
Are Veneers Worth It?
you think veneers are worth it is dependent on a range of factors. This includes how much money you are willing to spend, how complicated your aesthetic dentistry needs are, and what kind of transformation you are looking for. Talking to a professional about the various cosmetic dentistry treatments can be beneficial when unsure whether veneers are an appropriate solution for you.
Veneers can transform the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your teeth. Not only will it provide reliable results, but it can also improve a person’s self-confidence and give you a natural-looking smile for years to come. You can choose from either porcelain or composite veneers to best suit your cosmetic dentistry needs.
How Are Veneers Put In?
Veneers will most likely be bonded to your natural teeth in your third appointment of the procedure. Before they are bonded, the dentist will insert them loosely onto your teeth to ensure that each veneer is perfectly aligned with your natural teeth and fit comfortably against your gum margins. This is the ideal opportunity to view the veneers on your teeth and request any final changes, as this will not be possible once a veneer is bonded to the teeth without removing the veneer and replacing it with a new one.
The process of inserting your veneers will take a couple of hours, often performed under local anaesthetic for your comfort. Once each dental veneers is inserted and positioned, it is bonded to the natural tooth with a curing light which will bind and harden the binding agent. After checking your comfort, bite function, speech and cleaning any remaining bonding agent, the procedure is complete and you can immediately start sharing your stunning new smile with the world.
What Are Ceramic Veneers?
Ceramic veneers are simply another name for laboratory-made veneers made from various ceramic materials, including porcelain veneers or zirconia veneers. Ceramic veneers are thin shells individually sculpted from blocks of tooth coloured materials such as feldspathic porcelain, zirconia, lithium disilicate or leucite-reinforced glass. These materials vary in durability and optical properties and can be used in combination to create a beautiful and functional smile. Ceramic is less likely to accumulate plaque and bacteria and is much more resistant to staining when compared to composite resin veneers. As a long-term aesthetic solution, ceramic veneers combine the qualities of both – creating a durable and cost-effective alternative.
Ceramic veneers are completely customisable. This means that our dentists will be able to create a ceramic shell that matches your teeth perfectly in colour, shape, and size. Ceramic veneers are also durable and can last for decades.
Who Does Veneers – A Dentist Or Orthodontist?
Veneers are not considered an orthodontic treatment – although they can be used to make teeth appear straighter and close gaps. Therefore, it will be a dentist who guides you through the veneers process. Your dentist will design your new smile with you, prepare each tooth for the process, take impressions or 3D scans of your teeth, and, lastly, bond the veneers to your teeth. Depending on the type of veneer treatment you elect, the dentist may shape and layer the veneer directly onto the teeth themselves, or the dentist may send the impression of your teeth to a lab for customised ceramic or porcelain veneer to be fabricated. Aesthetic dentists are the most experienced in veneer treatments and will be able to guide you on the best material and treatment to achieve your smile goals.
Why Do Veneers Need To Be Replaced?
Veneers tend to last for 10–15 years. However, with daily wear and tear, just like natural teeth, veneers may become damaged and need repair or replacement. Although porcelain and resin are both durable materials, just like regular teeth, they may start to deteriorate over time. There are many reasons why your veneers may need replacing, such as:
- Chipped or cracked veneers from biting on excessively hard foods
- Poor dental hygiene can also lead to gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Loose veneers due to improper installation
- Natural movement of teeth over time
You can prevent how often you will need to replace your veneers with the proper maintenance and care. You can do things to slow down the rate of wear and tear, such as regular brushing, controlling the foods and drinks you consume (ensuring they won’t stain your veneers), and practising good oral hygiene.
Are Veneers Covered By Health Insurance?
Dental insurance providers do not usually cover veneers as it is often considered a cosmetic procedure (even though they can restore tooth function and improve longevity). Regular health insurance will only cover major dental treatments. Instead, if upfront costs are a concern for you, you may opt for a comprehensive finance or payment plan. These plans allow you to pay for your veneers over a certain amount of time by making repayments over a specified duration. Payment plans can be customised to best suit your budget and needs and allow more people to access high-quality dental care without worrying about the cost. While health insurance may not cover the cost of your veneers, many other financial options can help you attain your dream smile. In some cases, we can help you gain early access to superannuation funds to cover major dental treatments, including restorative work involving crowns and veneers.
Pricing of Veneers
How Much Are Veneers?
The cost of dental veneers will be dependent on whether you opt for a porcelain or resin material and the condition of your teeth and gums. In Australia, the average price of porcelain veneers is between $850–$2,000 per tooth. Alternatively, composite veneers can cost between $300–$1,500 per tooth. Porcelain veneers are more expensive as they are created by a ceramist in a dental laboratory using high-grade ceramic materials. Porcelain is sturdier and more durable than resin veneers; however, both can transform the visual appeal of your teeth and allow for a complete smile makeover. The cost of veneers will vary depending on the individual case and how complex your dental issues are – this includes whether your teeth need to undergo significant preparation or health stabilisation before the procedure can begin. Just like a house is only as strong as its foundations – a dentist will not perform a veneer treatment on a tooth that has untreated decay or gum disease, as this can compromise the longevity of both the veneer and even the underlying tooth.
How Much Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers will usually cost anywhere between $850–$2,000 per tooth. The cost of getting porcelain veneers is dependent on a range of factors, including your location, how complex the procedure will be, and how many teeth are to be treated with veneers. Depending on the shape of your smile and how many teeth display, a ‘set’ of veneers can vary from between 6 up to 10 veneers on the upper or lower arch of teeth. This can have a significant impact on the overall cost of a smile makeover with porcelain veneers. Porcelain is often a more costly treatment for teeth veneers as it requires more labour, expertise and more valuable ceramic materials. However, the advantage is that they last longer and are more natural-looking than composite veneers. They are a great way of immediately improving the aesthetic appeal of your teeth and enhancing overall functionality.
How Much Are Composite Veneers?
In Australia, the average price of composite resin veneers can range anywhere between $300–$1,500. Composite veneers are a more affordable and straightforward alternative to porcelain veneers which still provide the benefits of transforming the look of your teeth, creating a straighter and brighter smile. Although health insurance doesn’t always cover dental veneers as it is categorised as a cosmetic dentistry procedure, you can access a range of comprehensive payment plans which will help you gain the best smile makeover while remaining within your budget. Avoid the immediate out-of-pocket expenses of the resin veneers procedure by speaking to your dentist about which possible payment plans and finance options may be available to you.
How Much Are GlamSmile Veneers?
The cost of GlamSmile veneers usually starts at around $600 per tooth. However, the final price of your GlamSmile procedure will be dependent on a range of factors such as how many teeth require veneering, as well as how complex the treatment will be. GlamSmile aims to keep the price of high-quality porcelain veneers exceptionally low so that more people have access to premium dental health care without having to stress about prices and additional costs. There is no fixed price for the GlamSmile porcelain veneers procedure; however, you will be able to get a better idea of what to expect by asking your dentist for an accurate quote.
Are Veneers More Expensive Than Crowns?
Opting for a dental crown is generally a more expensive process than choosing dental veneers to transform the look of your teeth. This is because they serve different purposes, both aesthetically and functionally. A crown completely surrounds a tooth to restore its strength and structure, whereas a veneer only covers the front surface of a tooth. On average, the price of veneers (depending on the material you choose) can vary between $850–$2,000 per tooth. Alternatively, a dental crown can cost between $1,000–$3,500 per tooth. A dental crown may include other additional procedures such as a core build-up or root canal, which will make the entire process more expensive. Therefore, dental veneers are a more affordable option to transform the appearance of teeth whilst preserving more natural tooth tissue. Veneers provide the same long-lasting and aesthetically appealing results that a dental crown would, but for a lower price tag.
The Lifespan of Veneers
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The lifespan of your dental veneers will depend on which material they are made from and how well they have looked after. Porcelain veneers will generally last for 10–15 years with the proper care and maintenance and can often last much longer. Maintaining includes regular brushing, adhering to good oral hygiene, and keeping your veneers in the best condition possible with regular dental hygiene and check-ups. Conversely, composite veneers will last between 5–10 years before you may want to have them replaced. However, just like porcelain veneers, you can extend their longevity by taking good care of them and avoiding bad dental health habits. Porcelain veneers last longer because the material is more durable and sturdier than traditional resin. However, both materials can be used for aesthetic improvements and transform the look of your teeth.
How Long Do Composite Veneers Last?
Composite resin veneers should last between 5–10 years on average. After this amount of time, you want to replace some or all of the restorations and rejuvenate your smiles. Composite veneers have a significantly shorter lifespan than porcelain veneers yet can achieve similar aesthetic outcomes. To ensure your resin veneers remain in the best condition for as long as possible, you must carry out a proper care and maintenance routine. This includes regularly brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste, resisting the urge to chew on ice or other hard foods/objects, and practising good oral hygiene – including regular visits to your dentist or hygienist. You may also want to steer clear of foods and drinks that could stain composite resin over time, such as wine and coffee.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers should last between 10–15 years but can also last for much longer when cared for properly. Caring for your porcelain veneers is as simple as caring for your natural teeth and will ensure they last as long as possible without needing to be replaced prematurely. Porcelain veneers are more durable and stronger than composite veneers due to the difference in material. However, it still requires standard care to keep it in the best condition possible. This includes being careful when eating hard or chewy foods and a regular dental hygiene routine, including brushing, flossing, and getting professional cleans when needed. Your dentist can also polish your porcelain veneers using specialised equipment to keep them looking bright and lustrous.
Keeping Veneers White
Can Veneers Get Stained?
Although some veneers are made from stain-resistant materials such as porcelain, they are still susceptible to staining over time. Veneers will not stain easily; however, they can discolour when exposed to certain foods and drinks for a prolonged amount of time. This includes wine, coffee, and other highly pigmented or acidic beverages. Other factors include age, receding gums, and how old your veneers are (aged veneers may not be made of porcelain, and therefore, may be more prone to staining). Composite veneers may be more vulnerable to staining as the resin material is not as impervious as porcelain. Therefore, choosing the right material for your smile makeover could be the difference between veneers that stain easily and those that last longer. If your veneers do experience discolouration or staining, they can often be professionally polished, improving or restoring their colour and lustre.
Can You Whiten Your Veneers?
Dental veneers do not respond well to traditional or at-home whitening procedures. Utilising whitening kits or opting for laser teeth whitening services will not be able to brighten the look of your dental veneers as they do not work on porcelain material as they would on natural teeth. Instead, to attain a whiter shade for your porcelain veneers, it is best to opt for a professional clean and polish, which will remove the surface of stains and help keep your veneers whitened. Alternatively, you can speak to your dentist for more ideas on how to whiten your smile.
How To Keep Veneers White?
There are several ways to keep your veneers white, bright and beautiful. Routine cleaning every day with a soft-bristle toothbrush is one of the most effective ways to keep your veneers clean and free from staining. Another handy tip is to brush your teeth or swish your mouth with water after eating or drinking anything that is more likely to stain — such as coffee, wine or coloured soft drinks. Using the correct toothpaste can also help keep your veneers looking their best — such as polishing toothpaste or toothpaste without baking soda.
If you smoke, quitting smoking can also impact the whiteness of your veneers. Lastly, if you find that your veneers are becoming too discoloured, regular professional cleaning is always recommended to keep them looking fresh. However, if your porcelain veneers are completely discoloured and are causing dental concerns, then a replacement set may be your next option.
Concerns Around Veneers
What’s the Difference Between Composite Veneers and Porcelain?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are bonded to the outer surface of each tooth. Composite veneers are made from soft resin shaped onto your natural teeth and then hardened using a special light. The two differ in a range of characteristics, including treatment time, cost, durability and aesthetics. Porcelain veneers are pricier than composite resin as they have a longer lifespan (10–15 years), are more durable and can provide a more natural or life-like appearance. Composite veneers still provide aesthetically pleasing results but are more prone to staining, and therefore may need to be replaced sooner than porcelain veneers. The type of veneers that are right for you can also depend on your dental history and individual goals; therefore, it is best to speak to your dentist about cosmetic dentistry treatments for professional advice.
Can Veneers Go On Crooked Teeth?
Your teeth do not have to be completely straight to benefit from dental veneers. If your teeth are slightly crooked, then porcelain veneers can be an effective solution for transforming your smile and creating a straighter overall appearance. However, if your teeth are overly crooked, then veneers may not be the optimal cosmetic dentistry option for you as the teeth may require more invasive preparation. If crooked teeth are an aesthetic or functional concern, porcelain veneers can in many cases correct their appearance without the need for orthodontic treatment such as braces or aligners. However, it is best to check with your dentist first, as they may find your teeth suitable for either porcelain or composite veneers and may instead recommend a course of orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth.
Can You Get Invisalign After Veneers?
Ordinarily, you would not undergo Invisalign or orthodontic treatments on veneered teeth. Veneers have very precise margins, so moving the teeth move could cause damage to a veneer, including cracking, breaking, or even falling off if they are pressed up against other teeth or put under unusual pressure or rotation. That said, teeth can sometimes move after having veneers, and orthodontic aligners can be used to move them back into position. Dental veneers are characterised as a cosmetic dentistry procedure, and therefore, they do not rectify bite issues or correct the physical alignment of your natural teeth. Instead, they help to transform your smile into one you will be proud to show off. Many patients are now opting for a two-stage cosmetic treatment, opting for an Invisalign treatment to straighten teeth and then finishing their newly aligned smile with minimally-invasive veneers to improve their overall colour and tooth shape. Although the process gets a little trickier when veneers are involved, talk to your dentist about possible Invisalign options and they can advise what is possible in your particular case.
Can You Get Veneers If You Have Missing Teeth?
You will not be able to get veneers on a space with a missing tooth. This is because the thin shell must be placed over the surface of an existing tooth. Hence, without the tooth, the veneer has nothing to bond to. There are two main solutions for a missing tooth – implant dentistry or the provision of a dental bridge. Implants and bridges can be used in combination with veneers to replace the missing tooth and improve the appearance of the remaining surrounding teeth. An aesthetic dentist is skilled in all aspects of restorative dentistry and will design a personalised treatment plan including a combination of veneer and tooth replacement treatments to create a harmonious and complete new smile. Talk to your dentist today about implants, bridges, or missing teeth and how they will affect any plans for veneers in the future.
Can You Get Veneers Over Fillings?
If you have fillings, whether dental veneers are the right fit will depend on various factors. This includes which tooth you need a veneer for and what area of the tooth contains the filling. Usually, it is not recommended to put a veneer over a tooth that has a composite filling. If the tooth is half composite filling, it is better to apply a dental crown rather than a veneer. Ultimately it depends on the structural stability of the tooth and the design of the veneer. However, if your front teeth contain composite filling on just one section, then it may be easily filed back, and a porcelain veneer can be inserted over the top.
Do Teeth Have To Be Straight For Veneers?
Teeth do not necessarily need to be straight for dental veneers. However, they cannot be overly crooked either. If the veneers are bonded to a crooked set of teeth or extremely crowded, it might do more harm than good in the long run. For teeth that are only slightly crooked, dental veneers are a great option as they can help correct aesthetic concerns and create a straighter and symmetrical looking smile. However, if your teeth overlap each other, it becomes increasingly difficult for a dentist to apply a veneer to the tooth’s surface. Your dentist will let you know whether veneers are the right option for you following a detailed examination and consultation.
Can Veneers Be Fitted Over Crowns?
Veneers are generally not fitted over crowns. This is because a crown covers the entirety of a tooth, whereas a veneer is bonded to only the surface. Hence, the natural tooth must be intact and exposed for a veneer to be placed securely on top of it. By attempting to place it over a crown, the result will not be functional or aesthetically pleasing. However, you can still get veneers on teeth that are surrounding the crown. If you are interested in veneers but have an existing crown, your dentist can either match your veneers to the existing crown or replace the crown at the same time as the veneers to ensure they are uniform in shade, colour and shape.
Do Veneers Ruin Your Natural Teeth?
Porcelain veneers do not need to ruin your natural teeth. Minimally-invasive or ultra-thin veneers are designed to fit over your natural teeth without requiring permanent cutting back of healthy tooth tissue. Depending on the complexity of your dental issues, some form of preparation may need to be completed beforehand, which could involve creating a very small margin in the tooth enamel which the veneer will sit within. If a particular aesthetic outcome is wanted in more complex cases, more invasive tooth preparation may be necessary to achieve the desired result. However, this preparation should not be so invasive that it compromises the natural tooth’s underlying structure, strength, and longevity. Your dentist will guide you through the veneers process and answer any further questions or concerns you have about the impact veneers have on natural teeth.
Issues Veneers Can Treat
Do Veneers Stop Tooth Decay?
Dental veneers will not stop tooth decay; however, they will add an extra level of protection. By covering the tooth’s front surface, veneers will mend your teeth’s visual appeal and prevent decay from forming, yet they cannot stop or rectify tooth decay in other parts of the tooth. A veneer will also do very little to affect the probability of a cavity. Therefore, it is important to prevent cavities and decay through proper care and maintenance. Avoiding decay with veneers does not require any special routine. You simply need to adopt a regular dental hygiene routine which includes brushing twice a day, flossing, and obtaining professional regularly cleans as advised by your dentist or hygienist.
Can Veneers Help With Gum Recession?
While dental veneers can tackle some aspects of gum recession, they will not treat gum disease or gum recession. With receding gums, the roots of your teeth may be heavily exposed, which can lead to intense tooth sensitivity. To fix this on an aesthetic level, there are a few options. Firstly, you can apply porcelain veneers which will help to cover the exposed roots of your teeth and reduce discomfort. You can get veneers with receding gums to improve their visual appeal, but the procedure will not fix the issue and recession may continue. If you wish to restore receded gums, you may opt for gum recession surgical treatments such as gum grafting or rebuilding.
Can Veneers Fix Crowded Teeth?
Although you do not need completely straight teeth to get veneers, they cannot be overly crooked or overcrowded. When teeth start to overlap one another, porcelain veneers cannot be bonded to the tooth as the front surface of each tooth ideally needs to be exposed on all sides so the veneer can naturally incorporate with the entire smile. However, with just minor crowding, porcelain veneers may be an effective solution for transforming a smile. Veneers can be used to enhancing the aesthetic appeal, restore tooth shape and size from wear or damage, and can mend minor dental issues – but they cannot perform any extensive orthodontic function. Therefore, if your teeth are severely overcrowded, then other dental treatments such as orthodontics may be more beneficial.
Can You Get Veneers On Broken Teeth?
Dental veneers can be used to mend a series of dental issues, including chipped, discoloured, and broken teeth. If you struggle with a severe crack or heightened damage, veneers are a suitable option for repairing the chips and restoring a complete and natural-looking tooth. The number of veneers you have placed is up to you. This means that you can just get one to cover the broken tooth or several teeth to rejuvenate the appearance of your smile completely. Porcelain and composite veneers are both ideal cosmetic dentistry treatments that can be utilised to mend cracks, chips or worn teeth as they will last for years to come – meaning no one will be able to see your cracked teeth. Be aware that veneers cannot be applied to severely compromise or unstable teeth – for example, if they are cracked up the tooth’s length, or a significant amount of the tooth is broken or missing, then a crown or another restorative treatment may be more appropriate.
Can You Put Veneers Over Cavities?
All cavities should be treated and decay stabilised before undergoing treatment with dental veneers. Although cavities or tooth decay can negatively impact the way your teeth look, the problem cannot be solved with the addition of veneers. Instead, cavities need a proper evaluation and treatment plan. By applying veneers over the top of teeth suffering cavities, the problem may only get worse and lead to costly treatments or even tooth loss. Cavities may also occur after your veneer has been put in place if they are not cared for as you would your natural teeth. Without proper oral health and dental care, decay can still occur underneath your veneers. If this happens, your veneer may need to be replaced, or a different treatment will need to be used.
Can Veneers Be Used To Straighten Teeth?
Dental veneers are a simple way of straightening teeth without the use of braces. This is because they provide a range of cosmetic benefits and are incredibly durable. However, veneers are usually only suitable for correcting the appearance of teeth with minor overcrowding or crookedness. Other forms of orthodontic or cosmetic dentistry may be needed to create a straighter set of teeth when there is significant crowding or misalignment. Whether you are a suitable candidate for veneers will depend on the complexity of your dental issues. Talk to your dentist about your set of teeth and how to achieve the best possible results with dental veneers.
Do Veneers Fix Overbite?
Dental veneers alone cannot be used to fix concerns with your bite. Both overbite and underbites are issues that require a more complex treatment that can be not addressed with veneers. Dental veneers are traditionally a cosmetic treatment and can help make your smile more visually appealing overall. Although this may help in terms of aesthetics, it will not address the overbite or misalignment issues. For a complete smile makeover, which includes rectifying any jaw or bite issues, discuss potential treatment options with your dentist to understand how dental veneers in combination with another process can help you achieve the smile you’ve always envisaged.
Caring for Your Veneers
Do Veneers Need Maintenance?
To extend the longevity of your dental veneers, you must know how to look after them with the proper care and maintenance. This includes practising good oral hygiene, avoiding bad habits like biting or chewing your nails or on a pen, attending regular cleaning appointments and check-ups, and taking the consumption of food and drink into consideration. This includes not chewing on hard foods or objects and rinsing your mouth with water after drinking beverages that are prone to stain your teeth, such as red wine and coffee. Veneers are not designed to last forever, and at some point, you will need to replace them. However, you can extend this duration by utilising simple maintenance tips, which can help prevent major problems from occurring in the future.
How To Floss With Veneers?
Flossing your porcelain veneers is incredibly important for ensuring they remain in the best condition for as long as possible. When your veneers are first inserted, your dentist will check to make sure you can floss effectively between all your teeth. In some cases, the interproximal spaces between the veneers may be too tight for standard floss. If this is the case, your dentist may recommend some specific floss options and may even suggest investing in a water flosser. Water flossers make it easier to get into tight spaces between teeth and are quite affordable. However, flossing with veneers can be done normally, just like it would be done with a natural set of teeth if you don’t find the traditional flossing technique difficult.
Do Veneers Cause Bad Breath?
While veneers can transform your smile, properly fitted and maintained veneers should not directly cause bad breath. Poor breath is often a sign of poor oral health and can occur whether someone has veneers or not. This is due to various factors such as inadequate oral hygiene, gum disease or tooth decay. Adopt a regular cleaning routine that includes proper brushing and flossing to fight any built-up bacteria. Many dental issues stem from bad hygiene. Therefore, to combat bad breath, practice proper oral hygiene, especially when you have veneers bonded to your teeth. This will ensure your set of veneers last much longer without needing replacements and allow you to share your beautiful smile with others without worrying about your breath.
How Do You Clean Veneers?
Cleaning your veneers is extremely similar to cleaning your natural set of teeth; however, they require a little more time and care. The daily maintenance of your composite veneers is integral. It includes using a soft-bristle toothbrush for cleaning, using a non-abrasive toothpaste, ensuring only gentle motions are used when brushing or flossing, and you may benefit from utilising an alcohol-free mouthwash every time you brush. Flossing is also essential to prevent bacteria and decay from compromising the integrity of your veneers. By completing this routine daily, you will be able to keep your veneers clean and beautiful for years to come. Your dentist may also give you additional tips on how to keep your teeth healthy and your veneers looking their best.
Can I Drink Coffee With Veneers?
You can drink coffee with both composite and porcelain veneers. However, coffee is a highly pigmented drink which means it can still stain veneers if it is consumed regularly. Porcelain is a stain-resisting material – meaning that it is harder for coffee to stain porcelain veneers. However, over time, even porcelain will become susceptible to stains from food and drink, especially coffee. Composite veneers are more prone to staining, and therefore, it is a better idea to drink your coffee in moderation or consider rinsing or swishing water in your mouth after drinking coffee or wine. You must also regularly clean your veneers and natural set of teeth by brushing and flossing every day. This will make it less likely for stains to present themselves on the veneers. If veneers become stained over time, often they can be rejuvenated by a dentist or hygienist using specialised polishing techniques.
Can You Use Whitening Strips On Veneers?
You cannot use whitening strips on your porcelain veneers. This is because veneers have their own glaze which does not respond to whitening agents. It is important not to use any at-home whitening kits or strips on veneers as the chemicals can damage the glaze over the ceramics and lead to considerable staining. These strips will whiten your natural teeth and can be useful if you want to improve the shade of teeth that do not have veneers, for example, the lower arch of teeth to rejuvenate the look of your veneers, it is best to utilise a non-abrasive toothpaste or head to your dental clinic to receive a professional clean and polish. Talk to your dentist about the appearance of your veneers and how to restore their look.
How Do You Brush Your Teeth With Veneers?
Brushing your teeth with veneers is the same as brushing your natural teeth. It would be best to use non-abrasive toothpaste, so you don’t damage the glaze on your veneers. You must also brush in a gentle, circular motion and avoid any rough brushing, which could negatively affect the veneers or how they are bonded to the teeth and also lead to gum recession. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage the veneers and gums, so it is better to invest in a good-quality soft-bristled toothbrush that will work well with your set of veneers. With dental veneers, brushing requires a gentler hand and more detailed maintenance, including flossing and routine professional cleans.
Need Veneers? Contact CLDC Today
Veneers function as a multipurpose dental solution to a number of aesthetic and functional problems. If you need custom-made, high-quality veneers, contact the experienced team at CLDC today on (03) 8613 3449 or book an appointment to discuss your treatment options.