Dental Veneers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Thankfully modern dentistry is at a place now where minor imperfections may be corrected very quickly through the use of dental veneers. Veneers are often referred to as a “quick fix smile” because they can completely transform your smile. However, there are many questions people have regarding this procedure. Dr. Ghiam of L.A. Smiles answers the most frequently asked questions.
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What Are Veneers?
Veneers are literally wafer-thin and generally made from porcelain inside of a professional dental laboratory. Our dentist will create an impression of your teeth for correct sizing and shaping. A shade guide is then used to determine the best fitting shade that matches the natural color of your teeth.
How are veneers applied to my teeth?
In order to apply veneers to the teeth, your original teeth must be shaved down to make space for the veneer attachment. This allows the veneers to rest comfortably on top of your original tooth, completely reshaping it.
How much is shaved away from my tooth?
This depends on each individual, but generally, only a fraction of your tooth’s enamel is shaved down to make enough space for your veneers to fit comfortably.
How long do veneers last?
With good oral hygiene at home and routine follow-ups with your dentist, dental veneers often last longer than 10 years. Corrections may be made at any time for adjustments or corrections.
Is there any special care for dental veneers?
No, there is no special care for dental veneers. Simply brush & floss your teeth as you normally would in order to maintain your veneers and your oral health.
Misconceptions of Veneers Veneers are painful.
Dr. Ghiam applies a local anesthetic to numb the area so that any pain or discomfort is not felt. A small amount of pressure may be experienced, but patients do not complain of pain from the dental veneer application.
Veneers look too fake.
Sometimes, people opt for a shade of dental veneers that appear too milky white for an unnatural appearance that may seem fake to some. However, the choice is yours in how you want your teeth to appear using a shade guide.
You lose too much of your original tooth when you receive veneers.
In certain cases, tooth reshaping is not even needed to apply a dental veneer. However, when reshaping is needed it is often minimal.
Are You a Candidate for Veneers?
To see if you’re a candidate for veneers, our dentist will use a high-tech diagnostic tool (cosmetic imaging) that allows you to see what it would look like to have veneers. X-rays may be taken of your teeth to give us a better look.
You should ask our dentist any questions you may have. We want our patients to be a part of their smile design.
Once the correct type of veneer has been chosen, our dentist will prepare your tooth by gently buffing it. Then our dentist sculpts the composite resin veneer onto your teeth. If you’re getting a porcelain veneer, a mold will be taken of your tooth and will be sent to a lab, which will create the veneer.
After your tooth is cleaned with a special chemical, our dentist uses cement to carefully bond (attach) the veneer to your tooth permanently. Our dentist will then use a light beam to harden the cement on your tooth. The whole process is usually painless, but you can still receive a local painkiller before the treatment begins.
Life with Veneers – What to Expect
After you get your veneer, it may take about a week or two to get used to it. While your veneer may feel different, you will soon get used to wearing veneers. After one or two weeks, you till return to our office for a follow-up visit with our dentist to make sure your veneers are in good shape.
A veneer can greatly improve your smile and self-esteem, and restore your natural tooth’s function. Because veneers are individually sculpted for each person, it is almost impossible to see the difference between a veneer and your natural tooth.