FAQ About Veneers

Does the placement procedure hurt?

The placement of porcelain veneers is typically a pain-free procedure. Dentists usually numb the tooth and the surrounding area before removing the dental enamel. In many cases, this amount of enamel is so small that patients do not even require anesthesia. Once the enamel is removed, patients may experience some sensitivity, particularly before the veneers are attached; once the porcelain is in place, this discomfort should disappear within a few weeks. The attachment of veneers involves no discomfort, although patients may need a few weeks to adjust to the feel of the veneers in their mouths.

How long does the placement procedure take?

Traditional veneers placement takes place over two visits. The length of time required for each of these visits will depend on how many veneers a patient chooses to have placed. Following enamel removal and dental impressions, it typically takes between 1 and 2 weeks for patients to receive their new veneers. When dentists use CEREC technology to fabricate veneers in the office, patients could enjoy a dramatically enhanced smile in just a few hours.

How do I know if veneers are right for me?

The only way to know if porcelain veneers are a viable option is through a complete evaluation and exam. A cosmetic dentist will examine a patient’s dental history, as well as his or her current dental health and the condition of the dental enamel. The dentist will also explain other cosmetic treatments, so that the patient can make a fully informed decision about his or her dental care.

Do veneers look natural?

Veneers are among the most realistic dental enhancements available. Because they are custom-made for each patient, they will match the shape and color of the surrounding teeth. Additionally, because they are translucent, veneers interact with light just like natural dental enamel.

How many veneers should I get?

Veneers are intended to enhance the teeth that show when a patient smiles, so the number of veneers a patient needs partially depends on how wide their smile is. Some people only show six teeth when they grin, while others may display up to twelve teeth. Of course, a patient’s specific cosmetic goals will also determine how many veneers he or she should receive. For example, if someone wants to treat a single chipped tooth, he may only require one veneer. On the other hand, if another patient wants to conceal widespread tetracycline stains, she could require as many as ten or twelve veneers. Patients will also need to consider their budget; because veneers are individually priced, the number of veneers is the biggest factor in determining the overall cost of treatment.

What happens if I only get veneers on my upper teeth?

Because veneers are custom-created to match the surrounding teeth, veneers can be an effective way to treat only the upper (or lower) teeth. However, many patients choose to have teeth whitening performed on the other dental arch for more comprehensive, uniform enhancement.

What should I do if a veneer breaks or comes off?

In the unlikely event that this happens, patients should gather any pieces and store them in safe place before calling their dentist. They should never try to glue the porcelain back in place, although, if they feel extremely self-conscious without the restoration, they can temporarily apply it with drug store adhesive. Many times, a dentist can reapply a broken or loosened veneer. In other cases, a dentist may need to replace the veneer or restore the tooth with another treatment such as a dental crown.

Can I get veneers if I have gum disease or dental decay?

Before receiving veneers, patients should have good dental and periodontal health. Although cavities or gum disease do not permanently disqualify patients from veneers, a dentist must treat these conditions before a patient undergoes any cosmetic enhancements. Veneers can be an excellent option for restoring a patient’s smile after it is compromised by decay or a similar condition.

Is one type of veneers better than another kind?

Each type of veneers has its own advantages, and certain dentists prefer to work exclusively with particular brands or types of porcelain. Ultimately, the type of veneers patients choose will be based on their specific needs and the recommendations of their dentist.

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