Have you been looking for a way to improve your smile by getting rid of the physical damage to your teeth? If so, dental veneers could be the answer to your problems. Veneers will hide the visible surface of your teeth with a porcelain shell that makes them look perfect once again. Here are some questions you may have about getting dental veneers.
Do Dental Veneers Cause Teeth Sensitivity?
One common concern about dental veneers is if it will cause your teeth to become more sensitive. This is due to the process involved with installing dental veneers, and some misconceptions that come from it.
A dentist will shave a small amount of tooth enamel from the teeth getting veneers, which will create a rough surface for the porcelain shell to stick to and help the veneers not stick out from your teeth. This removed layer of enamel is very thin, and will not cause your teeth to become sensitive as a result permanently.
While it is known that your teeth will be sensitive after first having the procedure done, but it should return to normal after approximately three weeks. You'll mainly experience sensitivity when eating cold foods or beverages. If sensitivity continues beyond that time, your dentist can look at your veneers to find out what is wrong.
Does It Hurt to Have Dental Veneers Installed?
You may not have considered dental veneers because you are afraid of the pain that you will experience during the installation process. Fortunately, the entire process will be free of any pain.
Your dentist uses local anesthetics, like Novocaine, to numb the area of the mouth that they are working in. The amount of discomfort you feel is similar to having a dental filling placed in a tooth, with you only feeling discomfort from the initial anesthetic being applied.
It is common to have tenderness in the days following the procedure, but you should be able to continue with your typical daily routine without any disruption.
Are Dental Veneers Permanent?
The process of getting dental veneers does involve shaving enamel from your teeth, which is a permanent change to the natural tooth's surface. This will require you to maintain your dental veneers over the years, and get the veneers replaced if they failed prematurely. That said, dental veneers do have the potential to last a long time if you take care of them.
You can expect to get 10-20 years out of porcelain veneers before they need replacement. The good news is that if the veneer covering a single tooth breaks, a dentist can fix the single tooth instead of replacing an entire row of veneers. Having new veneers installed will not require shaving enamel off the teeth again either, making the process go much smoother.
How Do You Care For Dental Veneers?
There are several ways that you can keep your dental veneers in great shape. It starts with cleaning your veneers just like you would clean natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly to remove plaque from the surface and beneath the gum line, just be sure to avoid toothpastes that use abrasive ingredients like baking soda.
Give up your bad habits that can cause damage to the veneers, such as biting your nails and chewing on pens. If you grind your teeth at night, use a mouth guard to prevent accidental damage from occurring.
Do you still have more questions about getting dental veneers? Reach out to Jay A Hollander, DDS for a consultation. They can walk you through the procedure and what to expect, which will make you feel more at ease with getting it done.