Porcelain veneers are the answer to quite a number of cosmetic dental problems, including chipped, discoloured or misaligned teeth. Since they cover your natural teeth with a thin layer of porcelain, they're an effective way to approve your appearance with little fuss.
Nothing is perfect, however, and although veneers are a great solution to cosmetic issues, you might find a problem with them from time to time. If you do, it's important to know what you should do about your problem and when to see a dentist for cosmetic dental care.
Although they're a bit more resistant than natural teeth, veneers can still be stained and become less white than they should be. This is normally caused by consuming certain foods and drinks or by smoking. If your veneers are stained, they can usually be cleaned by a dentist or a dental hygienist, so you shouldn't need to get them replaced.
As you no doubt remember, the enamel on your teeth needed to be carefully shaved down before veneers were placed on them. This gives the veneers greater adhesion, but it would leave your teeth feeling sensitive if they were left uncovered.
If you notice your teeth have become sensitive to temperatures despite the veneers still being in place, there are a couple of potential causes. The first possibility is that your veneers have begun to wear thin. Although they're durable, they don't last forever, so this might happen eventually.
Another possible cause is that one of your veneers has slipped slightly out of place, allowing food and liquids to touch part of the tooth underneath. Whatever the cause may be, it's important to see a dentist without delay, as your veneers may need to be adjusted or replaced.
Chips, cracks and other signs of damage may appear on your veneers eventually especially if you've damaged them by eating hard, crunchy food. Although serious damage is rare due to the strength of the porcelain used, any slight signs of wear are likely to get worse if they're left. Your dentist is likely to recommend replacing the veneers, and you should make an appointment as soon as possible.
Veneers coming loose
Veneers are strongly bonded to teeth when they're first fitted, but they can occasionally begin to loosen after a while. If you notice any looseness, don't wait for the veneer to fall out completely. It's better to get it fixed while it's still in your mouth so your tooth isn't exposed and the veneer avoids damage. In most cases, the same veneer can simply be re-bonded to avoid the need for a new one.
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