Do Veneers Protect Your Teeth?

January 20, 2023 Published by Cartoon of three smiling women with dental veneers.

Veneers are ultra-thin, tooth-colored shells that are applied over the front of teeth to instantly enhance their appearance. While veneers are often used for purely cosmetic reasons, they can also be used to protect and support teeth that have been affected by tooth decay or dental trauma. Patients will often opt for veneers over other dental restorations like dental crowns due to their durability and natural-looking appearance.

Can Veneers Lead to Sensitive Teeth?

Patients will sometimes find that their teeth feel more sensitive while they are wearing their temporary veneers. This is because their teeth have just recently been reshaped and prepped for veneers. Also, temporary veneers are not designed to be as durable and high in quality as permanent veneers. If your tooth sensitivity is especially pronounced, we recommend avoiding very hot and cold foods and drinks. You also might consider switching to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

Once you receive your permanent veneers and your teeth have had some time to adjust, it’s likely that you will find that your teeth feel even less sensitive than before. Why? They now have an additional barrier against things that trigger tooth sensitivity.

Do I Still Have To Visit the Dentist After Getting Veneers?

Patients who are receiving veneers should still plan to visit our office at least twice per year for routine dental exams and cleanings. While veneers can be beneficial for protecting your teeth from harmful bacteria, you still have your natural teeth underneath. Regular visits also allow us to monitor the health of your gums.

How Do I Care for My Veneers?

Unlike some dental restorations, veneers do not come with any food restrictions or special requirements when it comes to taking care of them. Whether you have a single veneer or many veneers, you can brush and floss your teeth like normal to keep your veneers and natural teeth healthy and squeaky clean. We recommend taking the same kind of precautions you would use with your natural teeth. Examples include wearing a protective mouthguard when playing sports and avoiding biting down on hard objects like pens.

Veneers in Oakboro, NC

Interested in learning more about porcelain veneers? Our team at Oakboro Family Dentistry would love to assess your teeth and review your smile goals to determine if veneers are right for you. Contact our office today!

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