DO WE DAMAGE THE TEETH BY PLACING PORCELAIN VENEERS AND CROWNS ?

There is a prevalent fear among the general public that placing porcelain crowns or veneers on teeth damages the teeth. The good news is that this is not true when it comes from the perspective of restorative dentistry.

The reason we place crowns or veneers on teeth in the first place is because the teeth need to be restored for a variety of reasons such as:

There may be extensive loss of tooth structure due to caries (cavities) or the tooth may have fractured or chipped.

A common axiom in prosthetic dentistry says that when the tooth has lost more than 50% of its structure it needs to be protected by a restoration such as a ceramic crown or a ceramic inlay/onlay type of restoration Which are much stronger than regular bonded filling materials made up of a composite resins which flex much more than ceramic type materials.

The flexion of these resin materials along with their weaker structure are meant to be placed in only small to medium sized cavities. they are contraindicated for large cavities.
Ceramic materials most closely resemble the strength of the natural tooth enamel therefore they are the ideal material to restore teeth in both function and aesthetics.

When restoring teeth with porcelain laminates aka veneers even if it is for an aesthetic reason such as to brighten teeth that are naturally stained or darker in appearance, once the veneers are bonded to the teeth with resin cements they actually act as an armor to reinforce the teeth.

Another advantage is that the areas of the teeth that are covered by the veneers are protected from caries/cavities forming.

Studies have shown that veneers help recuperate or reinforce the original strength and stiffness of the teeth. In some cases the teeth actually become stronger after having placed veneers. These cases are typically when veneers are used to add volume to the teeth as a means to create the ideal form and shape of the teeth.

Therefore there are functional benefits as well as the much sought after aesthetic benefits when placing porcelain veneers, ceramic crowns and bridges.

By placing these restorations we are creating a more beautiful smile while strengthening the teeth to keep your radiant smile for many years to come.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HEALTHY BEAUTIFUL SMILE

As you would care for your natural teeth it is important to brush two to three times daily and floss at least once a day to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Ask your dentist for the proper brushing and flossing techniques so that you do not damage your gums or your teeth by incorrect brushing and flossing techniques. Dr. Edalat recommeds the American Dental Associations recommended brushing technique called Bass brushing aka Intra sulcular brushing. Also important is to practice the Intra sulcular flossing techniques to remove all food debris from under the gums which may cause gum
Disease and bone loss.

On Dr. Edalat’s websites homepage you can find their YouTube channel with two short videos showing how to brush and floss properly.

Dr. Edalat tells all of his patients to watch these videos which are the fundamentals of how to care for your teeth. There is also an anti-inflammatory diet video which he recommends to maintain your healthy and beautiful new smile along with a healthy body.

Remember that the mouth is the gateway to the body and one with the body. Therefore a healthy mouth reflects on a healthy body and vice versa.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PORCELAIN AND PREPLESS VENEERS ?

Smile makeovers help to increase peoples confidence both in their personal and professional lives. One of the most common treatments is the use of porcelain laminate’s Otherwise known as porcelain veneers. There is also the choice of prepless veneers. Veneers are extremely thin pieces of porcelain or ceramic varying between .5 to .7 mm in thickness.
Once they are bonded to the teeth they restore the original strength of the teeth that have had enamel wear along the years and are more susceptible to chipping or fracturing. Therefore the popular misconception that the teeth get weaker as a result of tooth reduction to place veneers is not true. The veneers actually act as an armor to protect the teeth.

Veneers can be used for the following cases:

. To cover stained teeth

. To restore chipped or fractured teeth

. To straighten misaligned teeth

. To close open contacts between teeth

. To have beautifully shaped teeth

. To have a bright white smile that will last for many years and will not need teeth whitening.

PREPLESS VENEERS AKA MINIMAL PREP VENEERS

These types of veneers need minimal to no tooth reduction because they are indicated for cases when the teeth need to be increased in volume since they may be smaller or shorter than normal teeth. Therefore there is an apposition of volume instead of a reduction in volume of the teeth. They look and function like porcelain veneers.

PORCELAIN VENEERS

These veneers are used in cases where there is a need for reduction of tooth volume like in cases of misaligned teeth. The tooth reduction is also minimal in these cases of about .3 to .7 mm and 2mm incisally. Research has shown that once they are cemented on the teeth they regain the original strength of the teeth or they may even make the teeth stronger than they are naturally.
Another advantage of these veneers is that since they can wrap around the sides of the teeth they help to protect these areas from getting cavities. They also never stain so your smile will remain bright and white for the life span of the veneers.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW SMILE

Proper brushing technique os essential to prevent cavities im the areas that are not covered by veneers. Also it is important to use an ultra soft brush with light pressure on the brush to avoid gum recession which will show the yellower areas of the root surface beyond the margin of the veneers.
Daily flossing is also essential to maintain the health of your gums and teeth to prevent gum disease and bone loss.

If you are a grinder or clencher it is important to wear night guards to protect your natural teeth and veneers from chipping or fracturing.

Avoid eating very hard foods like hard candies to prevent chipping of your natural teeth and veneers.