Porcelain veneers are an extremely safe and effective way to dramatically improve the shape and color of your teeth. Veneers are tooth-shaped coverings designed to hide flaws and alter the size and shape of imperfect teeth. Though risks are minimal, it is important to be aware of any possible risks or side effects possible with porcelain veneer treatment and how to care for your porcelain veneers after they are placed. Here are some risks and side effects to be aware of, as well as some useful tips on the aftercare of veneers from our Shreveport cosmetic dentistry practice.
Risks and Side Effects Associated With Porcelain Veneers
The risks and side effects associated with porcelain veneers are very mild as the porcelain veneer procedure is non-invasive. Here are some risks and side effects to be aware of:
- Porcelain veneers are not removable: The placing of porcelain veneers requires the removal of a thin layer of enamel in order to bond the veneer to the tooth’s surface. Once enamel is removed, it will not repair itself and is gone forever. This makes the porcelain veneer procedure irreversible. Once you have veneers, they must be maintained or replaced to avoid tooth decay since the protective enamel is no longer covering the tooth.
- Porcelain veneers may wear down or break off, requiring replacement: Though porcelain veneers are designed to last a long time, they may not last a lifetime and may require replacement at some point. Porcelain veneers can wear down over time, break, chip, or fall off. Once a veneer is damaged, it must be replaced to protect the tooth from decay.
- Increased tooth sensitivity and possible trauma: Some patients experience increased tooth sensitivity following porcelain veneer placement. Sensitivity often subsides after about a week following treatment.
Aftercare for Porcelain Veneers
Properly caring for your porcelain veneers can help prolong their life and reduce the likelihood of experiencing the aforementioned risks and side effects. Here are some helpful tips on caring for your porcelain veneers:
- Regular brushing and flossing: Teeth with porcelain veneers can still get cavities. It is vital that you maintain the health of your teeth by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. This will help prolong the life of your veneers by keeping the teeth they are bonded to strong.
- Regular dental visits: Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups is very important, even when you have porcelain veneers. Your dentist will perform a thorough cleaning and make sure your veneers are not chipped or fractured.
- Use a non-abrasive toothpaste: Try to use a non-abrasive toothpaste once you have veneers. Abrasive toothpastes can scratch the veneers and make them look dull.
- Do not bite or chew on hard items: Avoid chewing on hard objects like pens or your nails. Hard objects can crack, wear down, and damage your veneers.