March 9, 2019
If you’re looking for a way to improve your smile, porcelain veneers can give you exactly what you want. Not only are they durable and long-lasting, but their natural look and feel will make it impossible for anyone to notice they’re not your real teeth. While all these facts are true, there are unfortunately many myths out there that can keep a person from reaping the benefits that come with porcelain veneers. Here are some of the misconceptions people have about veneers that we plan to debunk.
1. The Pain Game: Porcelain Veneers Are Painful
If you think your dentist is going to remove enamel from your tooth without giving you a local anesthetic first, you’ll be pleased to know that’s not the case. Your cosmetic dentist wants you to be comfortable throughout the procedure, so once the anesthesia is administered, she will begin the process of placing your veneers. You should feel no pain during the process.
2. Unnatural Appearance: Porcelain Veneers Look Fake
Have you ever heard them called “chicklet teeth?” At some point, someone gave porcelain veneers this nickname because it was believed they were big, thick, too white, and too straight. In other words, their appearance made the person’s smile look fake. Another reason is that if veneers are not properly placed, your gums may look recessed and some of your original tooth enamel may be exposed. If it’s stained, that can cause someone to look at your smile (and not in a good way).
Ensuring you have a properly trained cosmetic dentist who can place your veneers correctly is crucial to making your smile look natural, normal, and beautiful. Their customization should match your tooth color, size, and shape, and should fit perfectly over your existing tooth.
3. Healthy Teeth No More: Veneers Will Weaken Your Teeth
You’ve always heard that keeping your natural teeth are the best way to keep a healthy smile, but the great part about veneers is that you do keep your natural teeth! Yes, your cosmetic dentist will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your tooth, but the majority of your tooth remains perfectly intact. The removal of enamel allows for the veneer to adhere to the tooth correctly. Veneers are made of porcelain, which makes them strong and durable, so if anything, you’ve just added a layer of added protection to your teeth!
4. Time’s Up: They’re Not a Long-Lasting Solution
While it’s true that porcelain veneers are not meant to last forever, they are meant to withstand the wear and tear you put on your teeth and can last 15 years or more. It’s necessary that you take proper care to maintain your veneers for as long as possible. Part of that routine maintenance is visiting your dentist every six months for a regular checkup. During this visit, she’ll check to make sure your veneers are in good shape and experiencing no issues.
There’s nothing to be afraid of should you decide to get porcelain veneers. Too many people, over the years, have hyped up or lied about these types of cosmetic procedures. Instead of buying into the myths, listen to the pros who know what it takes to create a beautiful smile!
About the Author
Dr. Sandi Hamm earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Texas A&M University before going on to Baylor College of Dentistry and completing her DDS degree. She has been improving her patient’s smiles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for more than 20 years. From preventive to cosmetic dentistry services, Dr. Hamm can restore and improve your smile in no time. Looking to cover some minor imperfections? Let Dr. Hamm and her team of experts give you a glowing, beautiful smile with porcelain veneers! For questions about treatment, visit our website or call (817) 477-4441.
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