Wondering if veneers are right for you? Curious to learn more details about this cosmetic treatment? At Silicon Valley Dental Associates, our team is always happy to answer your questions to help you understand your options for cosmetic dental treatments.
1. Can Veneers Be Removed?
No. While it is technically possible to remove veneers, it’s not a good idea to do so unless you are having your entire set of veneers replaced. This is because the process of preparing your teeth for veneers is not reversible. Dr. Colin Au must remove about 0.5mm of enamel from your teeth before your veneers can be made.
This is done to expose fresh enamel and ensure a durable hold for the veneers. This also prevents them from adding bulk to your teeth. However, this also means that your teeth will be permanently altered. You will need to keep your veneers for the rest of your life.
2. Can Veneers Stain or Be Whitened?
Whether or not veneers stain depends on the type of veneer. Porcelain veneers are nonporous and completely stain-resistant. They will never be stained by coffee, tea, wine, or any other food or beverage that commonly causes teeth stains.
Resin veneers, on the other hand, are made of a composite material that is porous and can be stained. However, proper oral hygiene can prevent this from occurring.
Neither porcelain or resin veneers can be whitened with traditional teeth-whitening products. Since porcelain veneers don’t stain, there is no need to whiten them. Resin veneers can sometimes be whitened by buffing away a thin layer of resin material.
3. Are Veneers Bad for Your Teeth?
No. Despite the fact that you must have some of your natural enamel removed to prepare for them, veneers are not bad for your teeth. After your veneers have been placed, teeth will be just as strong (if not stronger) than they were before you had them placed.
4. Can Veneers Break or Fall Off?
Yes. Anything that can damage a natural tooth can also damage your veneers. We recommend avoiding chewing non-food objects (like fingernails and pens) and extremely hard foods (nuts, ice) with your veneers. We also recommend that you get a nightguard if you grind your teeth, and a sports mouth guard if you play any contact sports.
5. Will Veneers Straighten My Teeth?
Veneers can be used to cover up slightly-crooked teeth, but they will not move your teeth or affect your bite. If you have multiple crooked teeth, it may be a good idea to get orthodontic treatment with Invisalign before getting veneers.
Got More Questions? Learn More About Veneers at Silicon Valley Dental Associates!
At Silicon Valley Dental Associates, Dr. Colin Au can help you learn more about the benefits of veneers, and discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry in Sunnyvale. Ready to get started? Contact us at (408) 245-5812 to get started, or feel free to stop by our office at 1565 Hollenbeck Avenue, Suite 120, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 to make your appointment.