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FAQ:  Porcelain Veneers


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    Question:
    Veneers cause food and chewing gum to get stuck: I've been considering veneers but have a few concerns.

    A friend of mine has 10 veneers on the top teeth. She consistently gets food stuck in the crevices between her teeth (not in the front but always on the side).

    The food washes away easily when she rinses but it is still a hassle and embarrassing especially when she is eating out and carrying on a conversation with others. Also, gum that she chews gets stuck in the back between the veneer and the natural molar.

    Is this to be expected for those that get veneers? Can it be prevented? ...Visitor from NY

    Answer:
    A great question. One of the many benefits of veneers is that we can change the tooth shape with the new porcelain as well as the color.

    Although we can make the porcelain any shape, the need to follow certain natural guidelines in the tooth shape (for health and function) is apparent in the type of concerns that your friend is experiencing.

    The teeth need to smoothly emerge from the gum tissue and if done properly the food will wash away from the teeth (protecting the gums). This is done at both the preparation stage after a careful diagnostic wax-up is performed and at the finishing stage.

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