Porcelain veneers have been used to enhance smiles for many years. Technology has improved the look of them as the materials have changed substantially over the last 30 years or so. In fact, the application of porcelain veneers has also improved substantially. However, there still remains some doubts and misconceptions about them, so let’s clear these up!
They Are Painful
No, it’s not! This is the number one misconception. You will receive a local anesthetic prior to their application and this will remove any pain. You may feel a little uncomfortable at times, but this will soon pass and is not painful.
Porcelain Veneers Are Noticeable To Everyone
This might have been a little true in the past, but with modern technology it is no longer the case. Great care and attention is paid to match the veneer with the natural color, shape and thickness of your natural teeth. Some people want to add imperfections to the veneer, so they truly match the rest of the teeth, and this is possible too. The finished result can be so seamless that only you (and your dentist!) will know you have porcelain veneers.
The Teeth Are Filed Down Before The Veneer Is Applied
This is a half-truth. There may be a little reshaping work needed prior to the application of the veneer, but this is very minor. It is important to retain as much of your natural tooth as possible to get the best from the procedure.
They Can Only Be Used On Front Teeth
Whilst the most common site for porcelain veneers is the six teeth that are most visible at the front of the mouth, they can also be placed on premolars and lower teeth in a twelve-tooth combination. The process can help to bridge gaps in teeth or cover chips or misaligned teeth.
The Process Can Be Can Be Carried Out In One Visit
If it was just a case of adhering something white to your teeth, then this would indeed be the case, but the process is more exact and complicated than that. Your cosmetic dentist will need to assess your smile, create a template of the color of your natural teeth and they will often allow you to try different temporary veneers to ensure you are happy with the look, feel and color of the veneer. Only, then will the actual creation and application process proceed.
Is This The Right Treatment For Me?
You may have discussed lots of treatment options with your dentist before deciding on trying the porcelain veneer. Even then, after discussing the treatment with your experienced cosmetic dentist and trying out the temporary veneers, you may decide that you do not want to proceed with the treatment. If that is the case your dentist will talk to you about other available options. Your smile is as important to your wellbeing as the overall health of your teeth and gums. Dr. Alex Rubinov is dedicated to achieving the best treatment outcome for you. Call (718) 253-0800 now for an initial assessment appointment.