If you are suffering from minor damage to your teeth, a dental veneer may be an easy way to fix your cosmetic problems and even improve the health of your tooth. Dental veneers are thin strips made of porcelain or even a dental grade resin. A veneer can be used to cover chips in teeth, or even increase their size. They can be used to cover stained teeth or decrease the gaps in between teeth that are improperly spaced.
When our dentists, Drs. Joseph Opack, David Opack, and Peter Stanton place a veneer on your tooth they will first need to remove some of the enamel from your tooth. The process is irreversible, and if you decide to get a dental veneer, you need to take care of it. With the proper care a veneer can last for up to ten years, and while veneers are strong, they can still be stained and damaged. But the good news is that there are things that you can do to make sure that your veneers last.
You should avoid hard or tough foods that can crack your veneers. Your veneers can also be damaged by bad habits, such as chewing on pens or using your teeth to open packages or even plastic bags. If you grind or clench your teeth, you should talk with our dentist about your problem, since grinding your teeth is an easy way to damage your veneer. Over time, the cement holding your veneer in place can wear away. If that happens, save the veneer and bring it with you to your appointment. The dentist will either cement it back in place or craft a new one for you.
If you have a tooth in minor need of repair, and you think that you could benefit from a dental veneer in St. Paul, Minnesota, we will be happy to see you at St. Paul Family Dentistry. Just call 651.488.5522 today and we’ll be happy to schedule your appointment.