Similar to just about every other dental restoration, dental veneers have some side effects. Thankfully, the vast majority of these side effects are tolerable. While most patients do not experience an abundance of these problems, the possibility for side effects certainly looms. Here is a closer look at the potential side effects of dental veneers…
6 Things to Consider Before Getting Dental Veneers
There are many myths and misconceptions about what really goes on when you decide to improve the appearance of your smile with dental veneers. Veneers are thin, shells – typically made out of porcelain – that are attached to the front of a person's teeth. Their purpose is to hide any flaws on the person's teeth, making them appear prettier, whiter and straighter. Some people seem to think that they will no longer have to worry about oral hygiene when they get veneers while others believe these prosthetics kill the original tooth. Neither is true.
About dental veneers
1. The process takes multiple visits to the dentist
Veneers instantaneously mask any flaws on a tooth once a dentist installs them, but getting them is a slower process that usually requires multiple visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will conduct a smile analysis to determine if the patient is a good candidate for veneers.
At times, it is better for patients to use other treatments like teeth whitening and composite bonding. However, if the dentist decides veneers are the right prosthetic for the job, they will take an impression of the patient's mouth, and the information will be sent to a lab to create the prosthetic. This can take up to two weeks.
2. Customized smiles for each patient
When a person decides to go with veneers, they can customize their new smile to their taste. Most patients can address most issues that they do not like about their teeth with veneers. The impression of the patient's mouth and the person's specific requirements are used to create the customized prosthetic.
3. Most patients get temporary veneers
Dentists typically fit patients with temporary veneers during their initial visit. The dentist uses a temporary cement to hold it in place, and it gives the person a better idea of what their teeth will look like when the customized veneers are ready.
4. Natural teeth become thinner
Dentists often remove a small portion of enamel when installing veneers. This is done to create a better fit and stronger adhesion. However, there are specialized veneers called Lumineers that do not always require the removal of enamel. The dentist injects a local anesthetic before removing the enamel so the person will not feel much during the procedure.
5. Not particularly painful
There is not much involved with the process of getting veneers. Anesthetics numb the patient during the procedure and most patients do not experience much pain besides slight discomfort and some increased sensitivity for a few days after the treatment.
6. Veneers last 10-20 years
While most materials used to make veneers are resistant to stains, they can chip or become worn down over time. However, if taken care of properly, they will last for decades.
Veneers make it easy to have the perfect smile you have always wanted
With veneers, there is no need for specialized care. You get the perfect smile you have always dreamed of without having to make any changes to your dental routine. Call or visit us to learn more about how veneers can improve the shape, color and size of your teeth.
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