Available cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers in Birmingham can take the pain and embarrassment out of smiling. This treatment is most suitable for dental issues that include chipped or fractured teeth, teeth that have lost their pearly-white colour (due to staining and natural ageing processes) and crooked teeth.
A dental practitioner places a wafer-thin layer of porcelain (or alternatively, a suitable natural-colour ‘composite’ resin material) over the outer surface of the tooth to hide the imperfections beneath. This additional layer is employed to change the colour of teeth whilst improving the shape and alignment of teeth, as well as being used to close small-sized gaps between teeth.
Reasons why porcelain coverings are preferred cosmetic treatments
Porcelain overlays offer patients a number of plus points towards gaining healthier and natural looking teeth. This outer layer is held secure to the tooth with the application of a special and relatively strong adhesive. Depending on the patient’s situation, preparation of the tooth may not be needed at all.
Once the ceramic cap has been applied to the tooth, small adjustments are possible to ensure it fits perfectly and the patient is satisfied and comfortable with its feel. A quick visit is recommended soon after application to ensure this comfort and a dental practitioner will want to polish it.
What is the lifespan of a porcelain tooth cap a patient can expect?
One of the most commonly asked questions by patients interested in this type of cosmetic dentistry is ‘how long will this treatment last for?’ The answer to this question depends mainly on how well a patient is able to look after their ‘new and improved teeth’.
Porcelain tooth caps are designed to last a very long time, but in a similar way to natural teeth, they also are vulnerable to chipping or breaking if care is not taken. On the whole, keeping the newly acquired teeth caps clean needs a patient to follow the same guidelines that are recommended in daily oral hygiene practices.
Here are some of the best recommended ways to ensure porcelain overlays are well-protected:
· Regard the porcelain caps as one would natural teeth by strict adherence to brushing, flossing and using a suitable mouthwash.
· Ask the dental practitioner to recommend a suitable toothpaste brand to use. Some brands may be too harsh and cause damage to the ceramic overlays.
· Take care to avoid biting on hard food substances (ice for example) or on objects such as pens and bottle caps that may cause a tooth cap to chip.
· Try to limit alcohol consumption
· Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages has been known to have an adverse effect on the composite adhesives that secure the overlays to teeth. Bonding may soften and make overlays more vulnerable to damage.
Not sure if having a tooth enveloped by a porcelain cap is the right option to improve a smile? Let dental practitioners conduct a thorough assessment and provide you with reliable advice.