Have you been considering veneers to correct issues with your smile but have become nervous about the process? Veneers are a lot of things, but the last thing they are is scary or painful. Read on in this blog from MODERN BITE DENTISTRY to learn about how veneers work, how we bond them to your teeth, and why the process is completely painless.
Veneers are like covers for the front surface of your teeth. You can think of them as shells made of porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth through bonding. They are usually only bonded to the 6 upper and lower teeth because they show when you smile.
Patients who feel insecure in their smile or want to correct minor damage or aesthetic imperfections with their teeth turn to veneers to give them a brand new set of pearly whites.
Veneers can correct so many cosmetic issues, such as discoloration, gaps, crooked teeth, damage, chips, or cracks, and can alter their appearance completely if you’re unhappy with their shape and size.
However, since we need to remove some of your tooth enamel in preparation for veneers in Frisco, you should know that they are a permanent commitment. You will need to cover your enamel with veneers from now on.
After examining your teeth during consultation and determining you’re a suitable candidate for veneers, we administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth so you won’t feel any pain. We then file down ½ mm of your tooth enamel to create enough space for the veneer.
We will then take teeth impressions that will be sent to the lab that will fabricate your veneers. A shade guide is used to match the shade of your natural teeth to the veneers unless you want to go lighter.
The dental lab creates veneers that will perfectly cover your teeth and create your desired shape and size. This may take a few weeks to complete. Once we receive your veneers, we will ask you to come back in for a second appointment. After checking how they fit and look, we will bond them to your teeth and polish them.
Because we give you an anesthetic and additional sedation is available if desired, you will not feel any pain during the procedure. It will feel comparable to a routine procedure like a dental filling.
However, you may experience some minor gum tenderness or sensitivity following the procedure. You can alleviate this with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication and rinsing your mouth with saltwater solutions. This should only last for about a day or two before subsiding. If you have significant persistent pain, you should contact us right away.
Are you interested in veneers but not sure if you’re a good candidate? Contact us at MODERN BITE DENTISTRY today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shahriela Ganjoor. Our Frisco cosmetic dentists are experts and can answer all of your questions and concerns about the process, their lifespan, and aftercare.