Removing Old Porcelain Veneers with Fotona Laser
If you have had dental veneers applied to your teeth, you know that veneers need to be taken care of just like ordinary teeth with a regular routine of brushing or flossing. Depending on how well you care for veneers, they can last for more than a decade.
Porcelain veneers, one of our specialties at Beverly Hills Dentistry, are very stain-resistant compared with veneers made of resin or natural teeth, since porcelain is a form of glass-ceramic that doesn’t absorb coffee, tea, or red wine. Over time these, or other stain agents from medications to mouthwashes can potentially cause discoloration, but it doesn’t have to be the case with consistent care.
If veneers are even slightly scratched, whether from bad habits like pulling on clothing with your teeth or eating hard foods, pigments from food or beverages can seep into the gaps. Porcelain veneers are translucent, like teeth, and if the outer enamel layer is damaged, the yellow dentin underneath could show through.
If you believe that your veneers may need some additional work, come see the team, come see the team at Beverly Hills Dentistry as soon as possible. We can help repair or replace your veneers, and may be able to improve on work done by other practices.
Or you might just decide that as celebrity smiles influence more people to whiten their teeth or get whiter veneers than yours, it is time to choose another shade. Once the veneers are removed and before replacement, you can have all your teeth professionally whitened up to eight shades in one hour in the dental chair or have more done in two hours.
Beverly Hills Dentistry can offer the most advanced technology for removing old veneers as the first step in the process of replacing them. We use the Fotona Laser, the world’s most revolutionary dental laser that far outperforms the traditional rotary dental drill for the purpose of veneer removal. It uses two complementary wavelengths to safely cut into the porcelain and bonding cement without harming the underlying tooth at all. We can then use it to clean the teeth.
If you have not had the state of your veneers examined in the past year, especially those applied by another dental practice, call us to set an appointment to have this done. That way, you can know for certain whether you have nothing to worry about or if you need to repair and upgrade your veneers.
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