At Randolph Dental Group in Randolph, MA, we have a few ways to deal with discolored teeth. The first and simplest method is to whiten them. Teeth whitening is a procedure that can remove stains from teeth using chemicals. The results of teeth whitening are variable depending on how badly the teeth are stained.
Veneers are very thin shells that can be placed on the front surfaces of teeth, thereby hiding them. A bright and shiny veneer can hide a discolored or crooked tooth. Patients need to understand that veneers aren’t curative. They can’t be used to treat weak teeth, cavities, or similar problems. Veneers are purely cosmetic.
If you’re a good candidate for veneers, you have to decide how many you want. You can get veneers for your front teeth only or all of them. People usually prefer to only get veneers for their front teeth. Veneers are cosmetic, so it makes more sense to only have them over the teeth that show when you smile.
We’ll measure your teeth so custom veneers can be manufactured. Before placing them, we’ll need to remove about 0.5mm of the front surfaces of your teeth. The veneers are then firmly applied.
People who have veneers need to watch what they eat. At Randolph Dental Group in Randolph, MA, we recommend that you avoid biting your nails, pencils, or hard foods like nuts or ice cubes. Veneers won’t be able to handle the stress. Most veneers can last about five years if taken care of properly before they need to be replaced. There are no other restrictions for people with veneers.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will still be important after getting veneers to keep the underlying teeth healthy. Additionally, veneers aren’t resistant to staining. Taking good care of them will help them retain their color and brightness. Veneers are not removable. If you want to remove or replace your veneers, you’ll need to visit our office.
Get in touch with us to find out more about veneers and our cosmetic dentistry options.