Whether you’re looking to overhaul your entire smile or simply want to address one specific tooth, veneers offer a long-term and versatile solution to a myriad of dental issues. Veneers are extremely thin shells made of tooth-colored material that adhere to the surface of your teeth. Because veneers are permanent, it’s understandable why patients may have reservations about getting them. However, exploring the truth behind some of these misconceptions can help you make a more informed decision about your dental health.

Misconception #1: Veneers only serve aesthetic purposes
Many people associate veneers with bright and beautiful smiles. However, that’s not all they have to offer. If your teeth are broken, chipped, misaligned or damaged from teeth grinding, veneers can not only fix these problems, but also prevent them from reoccurring.

Misconception #2: The procedure is painful
You should receive a local anesthetic prior to the veneer procedure. This will allow you to feel completely relaxed and experience no pain while you get your veneers. Though you may experience some gum soreness the following day, this can typically be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication.

Misconception #3: The veneers will not match your other teeth
Veneers are completely customizable to each patient. Your dentist will work with you to ensure that they look a part of your natural smile. The material used to make veneers, most commonly porcelain, also reflects light the same way a natural tooth would, making it a seamless visual transition between veneers and your other teeth.

Misconception #4: Dental hygiene is no longer important after you get veneers
Some people believe that once they get veneers, it is no longer necessary to brush, floss or go to regular dental hygiene appointments. Brushing and flossing as usual will ensure that your veneers stay clean and free of food debris that could cause discoloration on your natural teeth. Furthermore, having regular visits with your dentist will ensure that your natural teeth stay the same color as your veneers overtime.

Misconception #5: All of your teeth are filed down before veneers can be set
Though some teeth may need to be reshaped before the procedure, this should be extremely minimal. Your dentist will want to make sure that your teeth are as strong as possible before getting veneers, which is why they will limit reshaping and alterations to enamel.

Getting veneers should not be a scary process. Your dentist can offer you support and expertise to help you create a customized smile that works for you. Do you have questions about veneers? Call Westermeier Martin Dental Care to schedule an appointment with your dentist at 716-508-4547.