Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the U.S., and that’s certainly true for our Salisbury dentist office, too. One question which we receive often from patients is whether or not veneers will damage their existing teeth. In today’s blog post, our Salisbury family dentist will explain how porcelain veneers are applied, and what risks are involved in the procedure, so that you can make an informed decision about your oral health.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Traditional dental veneers are ceramic, tooth-shaped shells that are placed over the natural teeth to change their size, shape, and appearance. Since they are primarily used for cosmetic purposes, they are usually applied to the front surface of the teeth. Porcelain is traditionally used, because it will last longer, but composite resin can also be used if the patient requests it.

How are Teeth Prepared for Veneers?

To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about half a millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface. The veneer itself will also be about half a millimeter thick. Before trimming off your enamel, your dentist will take X-rays and perform a thorough examination to determine whether your teeth are suitable for veneers. If the teeth are too damaged, fragile, or sensitive, your dentist may suggest less invasive alternatives such as dental bonding, teeth contouring, teeth whitening, or orthodontic aligners.

Dental Veneers: Weighing the Pros and Cons

While this procedure is considered cosmetic, isn’t to be taken lightly. Once the enamel is removed from your teeth, it cannot be replaced. This means that the biggest risk for patients is that they will experience permanent tooth sensitivity, especially to cold or hot temperatures. Additionally, a veneer that does not fit improperly can change your bite’s alignment, which can result in jaw pain and bruxism.

Finally, although veneers can last for up to 20 years, they will eventually need to be replaced. This will require a second round of enamel removal. If you had extensive erosion prior to your first removal, there may not be enough left for a second set of veneers. Instead, you will need to consider a different restoration process, such as a dental crown or cosmetic bonding.

So…Will Veneers “Ruin” My Teeth?

Our primary goal at Salisbury Family Dentistry will always be to save your teeth—in this case, by making them stronger, more resistant to damage, easier to clean, and better shaped for your jaw alignment. The fact that veneers also make your smile aesthetically more beautiful is, to us, just a positive side-effect! As long as you seek a reputable, experienced cosmetic dentist to apply your veneers, you should enjoy a healthier smile than you started out with.

Which brings us to our next point: the vast majority of veneer horror stories happen to people who engaged in “dental tourism” in Asia or Mexico to save money on the procedure. Stay safe and stick with a dentist you know, and you’ll be able to achieve the smile or your dreams without any of the complications!

Salisbury Family Dentistry has provided exceptional dental care to the Salisbury and Charlotte areas for more than a decade. If you would like to request an appointment with our office, just fill out our easy contact form

Keeping your teeth healthy might not be your number one goal this season, but you don’t want to ruin your holidays with a dental emergency! You may have already begun your Christmas preparations, like setting up decorations, shopping, and baking yummy treats. Make sure that you keep these tips in mind, and head over to Salisbury Family Dentistry for a dental exam and cleaning! (You’ll look better in holiday photos, too!) 

Be creative with advent calendars 

Advent calendars are a fun, traditional way to build up anticipation for Christmas. However, the treats inside don’t have to be limited to chocolate! Sugar-free advent calendar ideas don’t just save your teeth, they can also be customized for an individual’s age and interests. Unique coins, shark teeth, and trading cards could be exciting surprises for boys; teenage girls might appreciate perfume samples and vials of nail polish. Adults might like tiny bottles of alcohol—the opportunities are endless!

Schedule sugar-free times 

With cookies and candy all around us during the holiday season, it can be tempted to graze all day long. However, snacking on sweets all day puts our teeth more at risk of decay, as it leaves food for bacteria in our mouth for longer periods of time. Therefore, you might want to have a “mealtimes only” or “weekends only” or even “parties only” rule for sugar. Setting reasonable constraints will help you avoid post-Christmas regret. 

Plan non-food-oriented events 

We often base our holiday events around food. However, there are many more reasons to socialize and come together. Consider inviting family and friends over for board game nights, holiday movie marathons, and holiday crafting. We’re not saying to skip the treats altogether—after all, a party without food isn’t a party—but don’t make eating the central purpose of the gathering. 

Switch to whites

Remember that red wine, coffee and tea are all top causes of stained teeth. If you don’t mind the difference, try drinking white over red (or champagne!) whenever possible. If you do drink red wine, drink it with food to minimize the damage, and brush your teeth soon after indulging. 

Fill up on non-sweet snacks

Again, we’re not saying to totally skip cookies and brownies, because that’s just sad. However, the more veggies, meats, and cheeses you fill your stomach with, the less sugary snacks you’ll be able to fit in. There’s no need to take an “all or nothing” approach to healthy eating—adding some diversity to your plate will cut your sugar intake while still allowing room for fun! 

Be careful with candy 

Peppermint sticks, ribbon candy and candy canes are all popular holiday treats that can crack your teeth if you bite down on them the wrong way. Try to choose chocolate and soft cookies over hard candy whenever possible, and if you do eat hard candies, let them dissolve in your mouth instead of biting them. 

Give yourself the gift of good oral health! 

Having strong, healthy teeth is a gift better than anything you could buy or wrap—and you can get them by stopping by Salisbury Family Dentistry! Our cosmetic dentist, general dentist and emergency dentist services will keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come. To request an appointment with our dentist office in Salisbury NC, click here.

At some point, most people need to get a wisdom tooth (or teeth) removed. The more you know and prepare for the oral surgery, the less anxiety  you will experience and the faster you will recover. Below are some tips to follow when preparing for wisdom teeth removal.

Talk to Your Dentist

Your dentist will usually be happy to answer any questions you might have about the upcoming procedure. Common questions you might want to ask include:

  • How many teeth will you remove?
  • Will you use general or local anesthesia?
  • How long will the oral surgery take?
  • How long will my recovery take?

It also never hurts to research the procedure in advance. Researching will help you identify more questions you’d like to ask.

Make Arrangements for the Day of Surgery

Most wisdom teeth removals occur when the patient is under general anesthesia. This means that you will not be able to work or drive during the day of the surgery. Make sure you have scheduled the day off (if applicable), arranged for necessary childcare/petcare (if applicable), and have arranged for someone to drive you to and from the appointment. Note that you will likely be too uncomfortable to perform normal activities on the day after surgery, too.

Avoid Eating Before Surgery

General anesthesia can make patients experience nausea and vomiting, so your dentist may recommend that you stop eating at midnight on the night before the procedure, and skip breakfast and/or lunch the next morning. Ask your dentist or oral surgeon if you need to avoid eating or drinking before the surgery.

Stock Up

After your procedure, you will do well to have the house stocked with soft foods, NSAID pain medications, and cold packs. Your dentist will most likely give you gauze and cold packs to take home with you, but it always helps to have backups (and may help calm your nerves before surgery, too.) If your dentist plans to prescribe a pain reliever, ask him or her to let you fill the prescription a day early so you can avoid a trip to the pharmacy when you are still groggy. We also recommend having favorite movies and a comfortable recovery area set up and ready to go!

The day after the anesthesia wears off, you’ll likely be too uncomfortable to perform normal activities. Schedule time off from work or school, to correspond with when you’ll be recovering from wisdom teeth removal.

Need Wisdom Teeth Removal in Salisbury NC?

If you need wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, or another restorative dentist service in Salisbury NC, we can help. Our skilled dentists and staff members will use state-of-the-art dental technology to optimize your oral health, so that problems can be caught and treated before they develop into serious issues. If you would like to request a dentist appointment in Salisbury NC, fill out our form here!

You probably already know that water is good for your overall health, but did you know it has benefits for your teeth, too? It’s true! Staying hydrated helps strengthen your teeth, decrease enamel-destroying bacteria, and keep your smile bright and strong. Below are some reasons to drink up this season!

Create Bacteria-Fighting Saliva

Saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense against tooth decay. Its neutral PH levels helps to dilute acid from soda and other foods, and it contains minerals like calcium and phosphate that keep your teeth strong. The drier your mouth, the easier it is for bacteria to thrive and grow. So if you want to fight tooth decay, stay hydrated!

Flush Away Sugars and Starches

Whenever you eat or drink anything sweet, sugar residue is left behind on your teeth. Sugar is a favorite food of tooth bacteria, and once they ingest it, they convert it into acid which destroys your enamel. Staying hydrated helps wash away all that sugar and carbs so the bacteria have nothing to eat. The more you drink, the more you are able to “flush” bad particles away.

Get Free, Extra Fluoride

The U.S. is one of the few countries that put fluoride in municipal water. Fluoride, also known as “nature’s cavity fighter,” has been consistently shown to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. The more municipal or “tap” water you consume, the more fluoride you apply to your teeth and the stronger they become. As an added bonus, this fluoride is totally free, unlike fluoride rinses you have to pay for at the dentist!

Water: The Best Drink Recommended by Dentists!

If dentists filled out a survey on the #1 beverage they recommend, water would win hands down. Unlike coffee and tea, it doesn’t cause stains; unlike soda and lemonade, it doesn’t erode enamel with acid; unlike fruit juices and sports drinks, it doesn’t contain sugar. Nutritionists would agree with us, too: with zero calories, water is the best thing you can drink for your overall health. That’s something to smile about!

Get a Bright, Healthy Smile at Salisbury Family Dentistry

If you are looking for a dentist in Salisbury NC, head over to Salisbury Family Dentistry. Our amazing dentists and hygienists will optimize your oral health so that problems can be caught and treated as early as possible! To request an appointment, click here.


Thank you for stopping by to check out our brand new Salisbury dentist blog and website. We hope that these resources can help our patients (and potential new patients!) make informed decisions about their oral health. If you have any questions or regarding one of our Salisbury dentist services—like crowns & bridges, tooth extractions, root canals, or dentures—we hope to be able to answer it within these pages. If not, you can always stop by Salisbury Family Dentistry to talk to one of our Salisbury dentists in person!

We will regularly refresh this blog with great, informational content, so we do hope you’ll check back often, and keep our practice at the top of your mind if you need dental work or a checkup. From all of us here at Salisbury Family Dentistry, we hope you have a wonderful day and hope to see you soon! To request an appointment with our office, fill out our easy contact form here.