Many patients want to know about the veneers process and what to expect from this beneficial treatment. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions we get from our patients about porcelain veneers:
No! Most patients report no pain or discomfort at all during treatment. This is because the procedure is minimally-invasive. The only preparation required for veneers is the removal of a thin layer of enamel from your teeth.
This layer of enamel is equal in thickness to the veneer, so it’s removed to ensure a seamless fit. This can be done under a local anesthetic, and the layer of enamel is so thin that there is no pain for the patient.
This depends on the type of veneers you receive. Some veneers, like Lumineers, are extremely thin and do not require any enamel to be removed from your teeth. These can usually be reversed.
However, traditional veneers require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel. Once enamel is removed, the procedure is not reversible. Before you commit to getting veneers, it’s important to consult with an experienced doctor like Dr. Annese, to ensure that it’s the right choice for you.
There are no special care precautions required for taking care of veneers. Make sure to brush at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss once per day. You will also want to make sure you visit Nashoba Valley Dental twice a year for a regular check-ups and oral exams.
Beyond that, you should avoid chewing non-food items, such as pens, fingernails, or ice. You should also only chew hard foods with your molars in order to avoid potentially chipping a veneer.
No! This is a common misconception. In fact, veneers are sometimes recommended as a treatment for sensitive teeth, since they cover up the natural chewing surfaces and protect them from heat, cold, and other triggers of tooth sensitivity.
Your teeth may feel somewhat sensitive after they have been prepped for veneers, due to the enamel removal. However, this is temporary, and will go away after the veneers are placed.
If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, Dr. Annese is an experienced cosmetic dentist. With a patient-focused and informative approach, he will help you explore all available options to improve your smile, including veneers. Ready to get started? Contact us now at (978) 425-9088, or drop by our office at 228 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464 for your appointment.