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Porcelain Veneers Dentists in Puerto Rico

Porcelain Veneers

By: Dr Omar Cruz Unlike crowns which cover the entire tooth, a veneer only covers the visible portion of the tooth. Usually the general dentist or Prosthodontist put them on the front teeth that are severely discolored, poorly shaped or slightly crooked. Veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make the front teeth that are yellow or discolored whiter.  Some veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright white smile and teeth are very well aligned, well formed, but is actually a restorative dentistry procedure, because it can change the form of chewing food for patients (mastication) and is non-reversible. Regardless of the reason that makes your teeth unattractive, dental veneers may solve your cosmetic dental problems: • Worn teeth: Over time, the white thin hard substance that covers the teeth (enamel) may become worn and faded. The wear and discoloration may either be natural or the result of a genetic predisposition, however, it is most often the result of your habits (soft drinks, tea or coffee consumption, smoking, drug use, etc ...) • Natural Wear: Teeth naturally wear with age. Old teeth are more likely to have cracks or a generally uneven appearance. • Spaces: Some people are born with an abnormal separation between teeth that widens as they age. One Restorative benefit of the Veneers is:Besides being aesthetically pleasing, dental veneers can also serve a functional purpose by protecting the surface of a damaged tooth. In some cases, veneers may replace the need for a dental crown, eliminating the need for increased tooth preparation. Dental veneers are thin, but may require (sometimes) wear of the tooth. Once the veneers are cemented in place, they are relatively strong and durable, but care must be taken to avoid fracture. Possible complications of dental veneers: Veneers are usually made of porcelain with a natural look. However, are harder to stain than real teeth, which is a benefit, unless the actual adjacent teeth can become stained and create an undesirable contrast. The veneers are not totally immune to staining, so you should avoid too much coffee, red wine to reduce their risk of serious discoloration. • Increased sensitivity: Since a few layers of enamel may need to be removed in order to fit the veneers, your teeth may become more sensitive to overly hot and cold beverages and foods. • Fractures and loose veneers: The most problematic aspect of the veneers can be when they break or come loose. Although cracks in the veneer are not common, patients should take precautions to avoid this complication by not chewing on excessively hard foods. A veneer often does not gets loose if it is well cemented. You may want to consult ayour dentist or a prosthodontist if you experience this problem. Dr. Cruz earned a Master Degree (MMSc) in Oral Science from the prestigious Harvard School of Dental Medicine; where he also received a specialty certificate in prosthodontics. Dr Cruz is president of Ashford Dental clinic at 1018 Ashford Ave. Condado, PR. 787-705-1732

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