Ignoring peoples’ qualms about dental veneers is hard. While many dental professionals and patients alike have seen their real-life benefits, false information about the treatment abounds.
We dispel some of the most common misconceptions about veneers to help you decide whether it’s a suitable – and an agreeable – treatment for you:
Myth 1: The application of veneers is painful.
Dental practitioners, especially our team here at The Priory Dental Practice, focus on care quality as much as patient comfort. We administer a local anaesthetic before veneer application to minimise pain and discomfort for our patients.
Myth 2: Your dentist will file down your teeth.
We make sure that our patient’s teeth remain healthy, conserving as much tooth structure as we can. Some reshaping is done before the application of veneers, but rest assured, the change will be minimal.
Myth 3: Only upper front teeth need veneers.
Veneers are often used to give support to the upper six front teeth but they are also used for lower teeth and premolars.
Myth 4: Veneers can be applied in just one visit.
In any dental practice, porcelain veneers cannot be applied in just one visit. Here at The Priory Dental Practice, we aim to provide the fastest and most convenient care possible, but we also make sure that you leave our practice with the best possible results.
We first perform an assessment of your teeth and ask you to try on temporary veneers. This allows us to fit in veneers that are the right shape, colour and size, creating naturally beautiful results.
Myth 5: Having veneers make teeth sensitive.
One cause of teeth sensitivity is thinning enamel. As the enamel is the protective cover of the teeth, the tooth may become sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks. You may feel a slight sensitivity with temporary veneers, but permanent veneers won’t have such an effect.
In some cases, patients who suffer from sensitivity prior to the application, feel an improvement afterwards as veneers add a protective cover to thinning enamel.
Myth 6: Veneers look fake.
In their early days, veneers were thicker, had a peculiar shine and were unnaturally white. But with modern dentistry and technology, veneers are thinner and more natural-looking, seamlessly blending with your natural teeth. People probably won’t even notice your veneers until you tell them.
Myth 7: Veneers are only used for aesthetic purposes.
Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes, but they help restore the structure and function of a chipped tooth and create a protective layer to cracked teeth. As they also fix minor misalignments such as crowding teeth, patients reap the health benefits of straighter teeth. They can clean their teeth more easily and properly, reducing the risk of cavity and gum disease, and they are less likely to incur cuts and sores from crooked teeth.
If you are considering veneers, we can assess your smile to determine whether you are eligible for the treatment. We can also give you advice on other solutions suited to your condition. If you have further questions such as the cost of veneers or our payment plans, we’d be glad to answer them. Contact us today.