What Happens to Teeth Under Veneers? By Dr. Degel on January 24, 2024

Veneer being placed onto a tooth

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells made from porcelain, ceramic, resin, and other durable materials that mimic natural tooth enamel. Veneers are used to conceal a variety of dental concerns, such as discoloration, chipping, or misalignment.

Veneers are one of the great cosmetic dentistry options that we offer at Astoria Dental Group in New York. However, you may be wondering what happens to teeth under a veneer. Let’s cover that right now.

Don’t Worry, Your Teeth Are Fine

First of all, your teeth don’t decay or experience additional damage when they are concealed by veneers.

When an experienced dentist, like the team of doctors found at our Astoria office, places your veneers, you won’t have to worry about your natural teeth rotting underneath the shells. This is because our team takes the time to perfect the process from start to finish.

How We Keep Your Natural Tooth Structure Healthy

Incorporating the following best practices in the veneers process can ensure that your teeth stay healthy under the guise of veneers:

1. Pre-Treatment Exams

Pre-treatment exams are essential in the veneer process to identify any dental decay that may eat away at the teeth after the veneers have been placed. It’s crucial that your dentist clears your mouth of any gum disease, cavities, and other oral health concerns before placing veneers.

Veneers are a cosmetic treatment and are placed with the intention of making your smile look better. In order to accomplish this and create a lasting, beautiful smile, pre-treatment exams and restorative solutions are essential to the process.

2. Appropriate Enamel Removal

Veneer treatment is irreversible because a small portion of the tooth enamel is removed to create a flat surface for the veneer to be placed upon. However, a trained dentist will only remove a small portion of the tooth enamel, leaving behind a healthy base for the veneers to attach.

According to one report in Glamour, having the teeth too much can result in nerve damage and chronic pain. Only a small portion of the enamel should be removed from the front of the tooth to create a smooth surface for the veneer shell.

3. Strong Bonding Material

To ensure that bacteria won’t enter into tiny gaps between the veneer and your natural tooth, a strong bonding material should be applied

It’s important to go to a revered dentist for veneer treatment who takes the time to make final adjustments to the bonding of the veneers to ensure the veneer is securely placed.

4. Post-Placement Education

Once the veneers are placed, you can continue to brush and floss your teeth like normal. It’s important to still see your dentist annually for a dental cleaning and check-up and to care for your veneer-clad teeth as though they were entirely natural.

Post-placement cleaning and education is essential in ensuring your teeth remain strong underneath the protection of veneer shells.

Perfect Your Smile in Astoria, Queens

While veneer treatment is an irreversible process, it doesn’t mean your natural teeth have to weaken and decay under the shells. A trained dentist will know how to place veneers from start to finish to ensure your natural teeth are protected underneath from decay.

If you want to learn more about veneers, contact Astoria Dental Group today.

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Doctors Carmen Every-Degel and Clifford Degel

Astoria Dental Group

Our doctors are widely recognized for their contributions to the field of dentistry. They are members of various prestigious organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry 
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists 
  • American Dental Association

If you are ready to transform your smile with Astoria Dental Group, request a consultation online or call us in Queens at (718) 278-1123.

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