Our Epsom dentists discuss the facts about this popular cosmetic dental procedure.
If your teeth are discoloured, you may have done a little research about both teeth whitening and dental veneers? Whilst there are relatively few concerns about a teeth whitening procedure, having veneers fitted is more complex and, therefore, it is perhaps not surprising to find more questions asked about them, especially if you use the internet to do your research!
In today’s blog, we offer explanations reagrding some of the more common misunderstandings about dental veneers.
The procedure is painful
This is not true. Whilst it is a somewhat invasive procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort that you might feel. Our experienced cosmetic dentists will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.
Veneers will end up getting stained too
Whilst this is not entirely untrue, the porcelain veneers that we use at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic are non porous and therefore will not stain very easily at all. Some substances, such as tar from cigarettes, could still stick to the surface though, but regular brushing should be sufficient to stop this from happening.
Veneers look unnatural
Our cosmetic dentists always take great care to make any restorations, and especially cosmetic ones, as natural looking as possible. The porcelain used gives a natural tooth like appearance and your new veneers are created following impressions of your own teeth being taken, allowing them to blend in with your natural teeth in a realistic manner.
They don’t need cleaning
This is plainly wrong. Aside from any staining that could occur if you fail to clean them (see above), there is a real risk of the remaining natural tooth decaying. Gum disease too, is a real risk, so you must make sure that you both brush and floss your veneered teeth as you would your natural teeth.
They fall off after a while
Few people actually experience this, and usually then, towards the end of their natural lifespan (approximately ten years), when the adhesive weakens. Certain actions such as nail biting may increase the risk of them becoming detached and so should be avoided.
They are suitable for children
You need to be at least 18 to have dental veneers fitted and it is essential that the teeth are fully developed before a procedure such as this is carried out on them. It is also unlikely that your teeth would be sufficiently discoloured by this age, to warrant the procedure in the first place.
If you have any further questions about veneers, or having your teeth whitened, in general, and you live in the Epsom area of Surrey, why not call the Clock Tower Dental Clinic on 01372 720136.