If you’re thinking about getting cosmetic dentistry in Chapel Hill, porcelain veneers from Brightside Family Dental are a great option. But as you’ve researched the pros and cons of veneers and Lumineers, you may have heard that they “damage” your teeth. Is this true? How do veneers “damage” your teeth, and are they bad for your oral health? Find out in this blog post from Brightside Family Dental now.
Traditional porcelain veneers do damage your teeth. To ensure a proper fit and a long-lasting hold, your teeth have to be trimmed to remove a small amount of enamel. This layer is usually about 0.5mm thick, which is about the same thickness as the veneer.
By removing this layer, Dr. Mistry can ensure that your veneers don’t add any bulk to your teeth. This makes them look more natural and also keeps your bite healthy. Exposing “fresh” enamel also helps provide a stronger hold for the veneers, which bond permanently to the teeth using advanced dental adhesives.
So yes, this type of veneer does “damage” your teeth, because the process of removing enamel is irreversible. You will need to keep your veneers and replace or repair damaged veneers for the rest of your life.
Lumineers are identical to porcelain veneers in every way except one. No enamel needs to be removed while fitting Lumineers, in most cases. This is because they use a special type of porcelain that’s very strong yet still very thin. Lumineers are only about as thick as a contact lens.
This means these shells of porcelain can usually be applied to your teeth and cemented into place without removing any of your natural enamel. If you like the idea of getting veneers, but the idea of a permanent treatment that involves removing your enamel does not appeal to you, Lumineers are a good option.
It’s important to make one thing clear. Neither traditional veneers or Lumineers will negatively affect your oral health in any way.
Even though some of your enamel has to be removed when veneers are placed, your teeth will not be weakened or more susceptible to damage or decay. This is because the strong, durable porcelain veneers will be permanently bonded to the tooth, strengthening the enamel.
Veneers, when properly placed, are just as strong, durable, and long-lasting as natural enamel. In fact, they are superior in some ways. For example, the porcelain used is non-porous and cannot be stained by foods or drinks, keeping your smile bright.
If you think that veneers or Lumineers may be right for your smile, come to Brightside Family Dental right away. Dr. Manish Mistry can help you explore cosmetic dentistry in Chapel Hill, and determine which treatments may be right for restoring your smile and your self-confidence. Contact us online or give us a call at (919) 338-7010 to get started.