In the past, you may have been apprehensive about getting porcelain veneers because you feared they would look unnatural. You may have thought that the application process was painful or that you had to remove large amounts of enamel just to have them fitted properly. Luckily, your dentist is here to explain the common myths patients have about veneers and give you the facts.
When you come in for porcelain veneers on Long Island, you’re guaranteed a smile you can be proud of for years to come.
Myth #1: It Hurts to Receive Veneers
While small buffing is needed to make room for porcelain veneers, that doesn’t mean you should have to suffer in the process. That’s why your dentist provides local anesthetic to minimize as much discomfort as possible during placement. Your dentist does everything they can to minimize how much is removed. Additionally, tooth enamel contains no nerves, so little pain is experienced during the buffing stages.
Myth #2: Veneers Look Unnatural
In the past, veneers were made to look as bright and white as possible. Unfortunately, this caused them to take on an unnatural appearance, also commonly referred to as “chicklet teeth.” While porcelain veneers are meant to improve your smile’s appearance, they’re also designed to blend in with the rest of your teeth. This way, no one will even notice that you had them placed!
Myth #3: Veneers are Only for Front Teeth
Veneers are typically used on the front teeth because that’s the area most patients request to have them placed. However, you can also benefit from veneers placed anywhere in the mouth, including the lower teeth and the premolars. By doing this, you can effectively even out or widen your smile.
Myth #4: Teeth Need Significant Buffing to Place
A common myth about veneers is the amount of enamel removal that occurs before placement. While some reshaping is needed to fit the veneer, it doesn’t mean you’ll need half the tooth buffed. Most people don’t need any more than .3mm of enamel removed. The amount is determined on a case by case basis, so if you have questions about how much you need to remove, ask your dentist before treatment.
Myth #5: They are Purely Aesthetic
Another common myth is that porcelain veneers are exclusively for cosmetic purposes. However, veneers also have the potential to rebuild molars and replace worn or misshapen teeth. Of course, you’ll be able to discuss this during your consultation with your dentist.
When it comes to porcelain veneers, you’ll find amazing treatment from the best dentist on Long Island. Schedule an appointment with them to get started rebuilding your smile today!
About the Author
Dr. Allan S. Mohr earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. He places a strong emphasis on cosmetic dentistry and has lectured extensively on topics like esthetic dentistry and conservative restorative dentistry. To learn more about porcelain veneers on Long Island or about his practice, contact him through his website.