My teeth have abrasions from brushing with to much force. They seem to be eroding along my gumline. I have a few questions about how to improve this situation.
Do you think that the abrasion areas will be susceptible to things like staining, decay, and cavities if I was to get porcelain veneers? Also, will the enamel of my teeth be further compromised with veneers?
Also, I’m quite concerned with staining in general. How long does it usually take for veneers to last before they get stained? Will polishing help resist the staining and how often would I need to do this?
I really do take good care of my teeth on a day-to-day basis, but am concerned about spending so much money and having the cosmetic work become stained.
– Roslyn from New York
Let’s start by addressing the main issue that is making you consider the services of a cosmetic dentist.
First off, you were probably told that the abrasions or notches that are occurring on your teeth near your gumline are from brushing. Brushing too hard can adversely affect your teeth, but recently dentists have learned that those notches are likely from stress endured during biting. This condition is called bruxism and it causes you to clench or grind your teeth. The result is the abrasions or weak spots that you have mentioned. TMJ Disorder can cause other problems like pain in your jawbone and headaches.
In regard to your questions about porcelain veneers, they should work well to cover up the notches. But will be important to address the potential for bruxism before having veneers placed. When you meet with your cosmetic dentist make sure they are aware of the situation so you can get the longest life possible out of your veneers.
Also, veneers resist staining very well. Over time they may pick up some staining, but they can be maintained with Supersmile toothpaste. And they will actually stain less than your normal teeth without veneers would.
If you maintain good oral hygiene, you will be quite pleased with the new smile you get with porcelain veneers.
This post is sponsored by Plano dentist Whitmore DDS.