I brushed my teeth very roughly in the past, and it caused a lot of abrasion and erosion, especially near the gumline.
I was interested in getting porcelain veneers. If I do, will my veneers be prone to staining or decay? Do I need to change or restrict my diet if I get porcelain veneers? I plan to be very diligent about my oral hygiene habits if I get veneers, but I don’t want my habits to damage them.
Pearl from Delaware
Porcelain veneers will cover up the damage, but seeing a cosmetic dentist about it would be wise. You may have been told that brushing too harshly is what caused erosion near your gumline, but that is incorrect. That erosion is more likely from biting stress, known as bruxism or teeth grinding. If left untreated, your teeth grinding can lead to TMJ pain and jaw problems.
Bruxism can shorten the lifespan of your porcelain veneers, so your dentist may find they are not the best solution in certain areas of your mouth. For strong cases of bruxism, ceramic or porcelain crowns may need to be placed instead of veneers. Some cosmetic dentists also can treat and diagnose your TMJ. Please note that cosmetic dentist and TMJ specialist are not areas recognized by the ADA, but some dentists have received additional training in these areas to better help their patients.
The good news is, veneers are very stain-resistant. You do not need to restrict your diet, but may be advised to avoid snacking throughout the day. Snacking without brushing ones teeth afterwards can lead to decay around the edges of the veneer. However, good oral hygiene habits should keep this in check.
This blog post is brought to you by Colorado Springs TMJ Specialist, Dr. Joseph Rota. Dr. Rota is a general dentist with years of training and expertise in treating TMJ cases.