There’s a reason why veneers are one of the preferred treatment options in cosmetic dentistry. Able to correct several aesthetic flaws at the same time, veneers can produce teeth that are whiter, straighter, and look perfectly shaped and spaced. Veneers can be a great choice, but they are not for everyone.

Your cosmetic dentist in Orange City at Terry Soule, DDS, is here to look at three conditions that need to be treated before you get veneers.

  1. Poor dental hygiene: No cosmetic dental procedure lasts forever, but veneers can last up to 10 to 15 years if you care for them properly and take care of your natural teeth. If you neglect taking care of your teeth, your new veneers are not going to last. Even after veneers, you need to follow the dentist-recommended regimen of oral hygiene that includes brushing twice per day in combination with daily flossing. Terry Soule, DDS, also suggests you rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash.
  2. Untreated gum disease and tooth decay: Healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth when it comes to prolonging the lifespan of your veneers, or even your real teeth for that matter. A person with gum disease is suffering from a bacterial infection of the tissue of their gums. The first stage of gum disease is typified by gums that are red, puffy, swollen and bleeds easily. Left untreated, gum disease advances resulting in the formation of deep pockets between the teeth and gums that only can be treated through repetitive therapy—a combination of scaling and root planing. Tooth decay has its own risks, as cavities have to be removed, cleaned out, and filled. If you have cavities or are battling gum disease, you need to have those issues treated first before receiving veneers.
  3. Teeth grinding: Also known as bruxism, this habit can devastate your teeth, potentially wearing them down to nubs. Many people who engage in bruxism do so unconsciously, while they are sleeping. This behavior places profound additional force on your teeth, and veneers quite frankly are not strong enough to withstand these pressures. Your dentist can fabricate a custom-made oral appliance to be worn at night. The oral appliance absorbs the pressure from clenching or grinding your teeth.

If you are dealing with any of these conditions and want to improve the look of your smile with veneers, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry, you first should visit your Orange City cosmetic dentist to have these conditions treated.

Veneers remain a great option to improve the look of your smile

Made with dental porcelain, a beautiful material that is stain-resistant and reflects light in a similar manner to your natural tooth enamel, veneers can resolve the appearance of cracks, chips, wear and tear, stains that do not respond well to whitening treatments, or problems with teeth that appear to be different shapes and sizes. At Terry Soule, DDS, we can install beautiful porcelain veneers that can be matched to your existing teeth or chosen in a whiter shade.

The first step is removing a minimal portion of the existing tooth structure, which ensures that the veneer can be bonded well. After impressions are taken that are used as a model to fabricate your veneer, Dr. Soule will install a temporary restoration. You return for your follow-up appointment, which usually is about two weeks later, to have your permanent veneer or veneers placed.

Veneers in DeBary

If you would like to learn more about how veneers can improve the look of your teeth, or if you have one of the conditions listed above and would like to have it treated before pursuing cosmetic dentistry, Terry Soule, DDS, can help. We are now accepting new patients! Just call our office at (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation.

Terry Soule, DDS, is here to serve the oral health needs of patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City in Florida.