If you have specific problems with your teeth, like discolorations that whitening can’t help or small chips, your dentist might recommend porcelain veneers. You might have several questions about veneers if this is new to you.
That’s why we’re answering 5 of the most frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers.
1. What are porcelain veneers?
Even if you’ve heard of porcelain veneers, you might not know what they are. So many people have them and can make your smile look great, but what exactly are they?
Porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that your cosmetic dentist will craft to look like your tooth. Each veneer in your mouth is customized to your tooth shape and smile goals.
When it’s just right, that piece of porcelain is applied to the outside facing part of your natural tooth. Veneers can correct stubborn stains, chipped, crooked, or decayed teeth, and many other cosmetic imperfections.
2. Are veneers permanent?
Well, not exactly. Of course, how long they last depends on how well you care for them. If you maintain them well, they can last for 10 to 15 years before you would need to replace them.
To take good care of them, you should practice good oral hygiene just like you do for your natural teeth. It’s also essential to address bruxism, also known as tooth grinding, and you should use mouthguards when playing sports. Of course, you should never use any of your teeth as tools.
3. Will the dentist shave my teeth down for porcelain veneers?
Your dentist won’t have to shave your teeth down, but they will trim about a one-half millimeter or less from your tooth enamel. They do this so that their bonding agent can better adhere to your tooth’s surface.
A good bond will make your veneer more stable. After trimming the enamel, your dentist will apply the bonding agent before placing the veneer. They will then use a special light to cement the veneer to your tooth.
4. Will getting veneers hurt?
Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to prepare your tooth and place the veneer. That will ensure you don’t feel a thing. After the veneer is placed, you should have minimal discomfort, but if your dentist does more extensive work, you could experience some mild soreness for a few days following the procedure.
5. Are there different colors I can choose?
As a matter of fact, there are! Your dentist will talk to you about the best shades for your teeth. Most of the time, your dentist will try to match your natural tooth color, but sometimes people also want to whiten their teeth so that whiter veneers might make a better choice.
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