5 Things To Know Before Getting Dental Veneers
Posted on August 26, 2020
1. The application process is not painful
Everyone has gone to the dentist’s office at least once in their lifetime. To some, this has no significant meaning attached to it – just a routine check-up or procedure. To others, this is a daunting task. Studies have found that between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of the anxiety of fear related to experiencing pain during their dental visit. This dental phobia is only severe in these cases where the stress makes is extremely difficult to step into the actual office. For others, there is still some degree of anxiety with whether or not the dentist’s visit will have any pain included. Thankfully, when getting veneers, the process is not painful. Although the patient may experience some soreness when getting the veneers, an anesthetic shall be applied before the dentist eliminates any section of the enamel. Nitrous oxide, an effective dental sedative commonly known as laughing gas, may be used as well.
2. More than one visit is typical
It’s not uncommon for a patient to have to return after their preliminary consultation visit. There are typically some crucial procedures that must take place before veneers may be installed. For instance, a smile examination has to be conducted to determine whether or not the patient is an appropriate candidate for veneers. In certain circumstances, there are alternative solutions such as teeth whitening or dental bonding, which may rectify the patient’s issues without the need for veneers.
3. Temporary Veneers must be worn for a few weeks
While the permanent veneers are created, patients are equipped with temporary ones, secured into place with a temporary bonding cement. While this grace period allows the dentist a chance to construct the permanent veneers, it grants the patient an opportunity to visibly see the finished result of their smile and the improvement with the veneers. During this time, if there are any issues encountered with the temporary veneers, the dentist can rectify the issue with the permanent ones so the patient will not experience these problems in the future.
4. Veneers must be customized
The reason why veneers look so natural is partly that each dental veneer is explicitly tailored for every individual patient. Due to this, patients can address the key issues they have with the appearance of their smiles. Dentists take an image or impression of the patient’s mouth and send the information to a lab where the veneers are constructed.
5. Veneers over time
In most cases, when installing dental veneers, the dentist will file off a small segment of enamel. The amount of enamel removed is correlated to the thickness of the veneers being used. However, this is not always the case, as there are extremely thin types of veneers that do not require the removal of teeth enamel. If enamel was removed during the application process, veneers would likely be the permanent solution as teeth with missing enamel must be protected with a prosthesis. If correctly maintained, veneers may last up to 25 years. However, they are not intended to last a lifetime. Like many other things in life, they may get abraded and damaged over time from use but can be exchanged or restored when the time comes.
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