Veneers can make you feel more confident about your smile by whitening your teeth and correcting minor dental issues, but they’re not right for everyone. To help you decide if veneers could be right for you, Madhu Mahadevan DDS from our Warren office has been practicing dentistry since 2001 and is answering answers the questions we hear most often from our Tru Family Dental patients on choosing veneers.
Question & Answers
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Veneers?
Like many dental treatments, veneers have advantages and disadvantages you should discuss with your dentist. To help you decide if veneers are right for you, we’ve put together the following list of pros and cons.
- Veneers are more resistant to stains than normal teeth. This means you won’t have to worry about future staining or needing to whiten your veneers in the future. This can be especially helpful if you use tobacco or drink coffee and tea regularly.
- Veneers are often used to correct discolored, broken, or crooked teeth. The thin covering covers minor cosmetic issues, leaving you with a natural, beautiful smile.
- Because veneers are bonded to your own teeth, the procedure is permanent. Since veneers aren’t reversible, you should make sure you’re completely sure that veneers are right for you before getting them.
- Veneers usually can’t be repaired if they chip or crack, so patients should take extra care not to bite nails, chew on ice, open objects using their teeth, or engage in other activities that put excessive pressure on their veneers.
What Are The Main Reasons That People Get Dental Veneers?
There are many reasons why people get dental veneers, and they’re often used to treat aesthetic and dental concerns. Veneers are a popular option for creating a uniform, bright-white smile, and are often used to restore color to teeth that have undergone a root canal, are stained from antibiotics or other medications, or when over-the-counter or in-office whitening products and procedures are not effective.
If your teeth are worn down from grinding, clenching, or other reasons, veneers can add stability to your teeth and prevent more serious dental issues. Depending on the severity of your specfic dental needs, veneers can also be used to fill gaps between teeth or cover cracked, chipped, or broken teeth.
Do Veneers Increase Tooth Sensitivity?
Since a small amount of enamel must be gently removed in order to attach a veneer, some patients report increased tooth sensitivity in the weeks following the procedure. Typically, this sensitivity goes away after a few weeks, and patients are encouraged to use desensitizing toothpaste during this period. If your procedure was several months ago and you’re still experiencing increased sensitivity, contact your dentist.
How Are Veneers Installed?
Once you decide to get veneers, your dentist may take X-rays to look for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease, which would indicate that you’re not a good candidate for veneers. If everything checks out, your doctor will schedule another appointment with you, where they’ll trim down a small portion of your teeth and enamel. Then, your dentist will make an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to the lab to create a customized veneer that will perfectly fit on top of your tooth.
It can take several weeks for the dental lab to create your veneer, so your dentist will place a temporary shell over your tooth to protect it. Once your veneer is ready, your dentist will double-check the veneer to ensure it’s the right size and shape. Then, they’ll thoroughly clean your teeth to prevent bacteria from being tapped under the veneer. Finally, they’ll use specialized dental cement to attach the veneer to your tooth and use an ultraviolet light to quickly harden it. Once it’s dry, you’re ready to go!
Does Insurance Cover Veneers?
Many dental plans label veneers as a cosmetic procedure, and as a result, don’t cover this procedure. However, if you’re getting veneers for a medically-necessary reason (such as to restore broken, diseased, or cracked teeth), you may be able to get full or partial coverage through insurance. Since coverage can vary widely based on your individual needs and specific healthcare plan, contact us to find out more about your options.
Do Veneers Make People Speak Differently?
There may be a slight adjustment period while you adjust to veneers, and some people report speaking with a slight lisp for the first week or two. However, after this adjustment period, your speech should return to normal.