Do you find that you avoid smiling and showing your teeth? Do you feel embarrassed about the way your teeth look? If so, you aren’t alone.
Thanks to modern technology, you have many choices to help improve your smile. One option is dental veneers. Some people feel nervous and ask, “do veneers hurt?”
Continue reading to learn more about what veneers are, how they’re applied, and what the procedure feels like.
Why Do People Get Veneers?
Dental veneers help fix problems with tooth spacing, crooked teeth, and discolored teeth. They are a thin shell that the dentist places on your front teeth to give the look you want.
It’s important to understand that veneers are not a permanent solution. Once you get them, you will need to have them replaced periodically for the rest of your life.
Procedure for Getting Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are either made from porcelain or composite resins. One study reported that porcelain veneers provided more aesthetic results. They also offered more predictable treatment longevity.
This same study showed that composite veneers are also a good option. Yet, they proved less durable than porcelain.
Each veneer is created to meet the patient’s individual requirements. Porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory and then bonded on the teeth. With composite resin, the dentist layers the resin onto each tooth.
Porcelain veneer procedures often require two separate visits. During the first appointment, the dentist trims a tiny amount of enamel off the teeth. This creates space for the veneer placement.
Next, they will make an impression of your teeth. The dentist will also determine your natural tooth color. This shade information is then sent to the lab.
The lab uses this impression and shade to create your veneers. Some people have temporary veneers placed while they wait for the permanent set.
When the permanent veneers are ready, the dentist removes the temporary ones. The new veneers undergo an examination to ensure a perfect fit. The dentist then bonds the veneer to your tooth.
The veneers are then “cured” with a special light for about 60 seconds. This ensures that they’re firmly attached. If there’s any extra material, the dentist will remove it with special instruments.
In general, post-veneer instruction involves routine quality oral care. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Pay special attention to the area where the veneers meet the gum. Bacteria can become trapped and cause plaque and cavities.
Floss at least once a day. Your dentist may recommend prescription fluoride or fluoride toothpaste. Have regular dental cleanings twice a year.
Do Veneers Hurt?
Many dentists offer some type of numbing for the first part of the veneer process. Once you are numb, you shouldn’t feel any pain. Most patients who have two to four veneers experience little to no pain after the procedure.
Patients who have eight or more veneers may feel some soreness in the gums and maybe the jaw. This discomfort is usually mild and relieved with over-the-counter medications.
Are You Considering a Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure?
So, do veneers hurt? No, aside from some mild soreness right after the procedure, and they’re a fantastic option available to help improve your smile.
At Bloomfield Dental Designs, we understand the importance of looking and feeling good. We use the latest technology to help you achieve your goals. We also provide routine checkups and a wide variety of dental procedures.
Contact us today to ask questions and schedule an appointment.