Despite their popularity, common misunderstandings about teeth veneers still exist.
Porcelain dental veneers are widely used in cosmetic dentistry. They can be used where teeth are chipped or cracked, as well as being an alternative to a teeth whitening procedure where the teeth are very badly stained. They have long been used by ex smokers to restore the colour of their teeth, once they have managed to stop smoking.
They are also useful for people whose enamel has eroded, perhaps through excess brushing, and can be used not only to restore the appearance of their teeth, but also to help protect against sensitivity.
Despite their wide use, there are still some common misunderstandings about veneers. In today’s Clock Tower Dental Clinic blog, the team takes a look at some of these and tries to dispel the myths.
Veneers become easily detached
There is a small element of truth in this, although it is wrong to say that they become ‘easily’ detached. In fact, this is a relatively rare occurrence and is nearly always due to the patient’s lifestyle. The most common way of a veneer becoming detached is through actions such as nail biting, or using the veneer covered teeth to tear open packets etc; which clearly should be avoided.
Veneers should last for approximately ten years but as time progresses, the adhesive used to attach your veneer to the natural tooth may weaken and need to be replaced. Do make sure to have this done by one of our dentists, and please don’t attempt to do so yourself.
Good oral health care is also essential as tooth decay may also weaken the bond between your tooth and the veneer.
The procedure is painful
Having veneers placed is an invasive procedure as it involves the removal of a small layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. As with all procedures of this nature, you will be given a local anaesthetic to prevent any significant discomfort. You should not find the procedure itself at all painful, although some residual sensitivity might be present for a short while afterwards, but should soon subside.
They look artificial
Modern veneers are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. This particular misconception may well come from the use of veneers by Hollywood and other celebrities, who wish to have a brilliantly white smile. Whilst this is perfectly achievable for those that want this appearance, most patients opt for a shade that either matches their natural teeth, where a single veneer is being applied, or just a few shades whiter, where several are being used to enhance the overall appearance of your smile.
They are prohibitively expensive
It is true that using veneers to whiten your teeth is more expensive than a teeth whitening procedure. This is not really a fair comparison though. The fact is that if your teeth are healthy and not too badly stained, we will never encourage you to have veneers in the first place. A teeth whitening procedure would likely be the first choice in this situation. Where teeth are chipped, cracked or badly stained though, having a tooth whitening treatment would be a waste of money.
Regarding the cost of dental veneers, it is worth remembering that these will last you for approximately ten years, which, when spread out over this period time, makes them good value for money. We are always happy to explain our dental payment plans for anyone wishing to spread the cost of their treatment, including veneers.
You don’t need maintenance
This one is well wide of the mark. Whilst porcelain will not decay and is relatively resistant to staining as it is non porous, failing to clean veneer treated teeth would be a big mistake.
Not cleaning the veneers will almost certainly mean that the gums around them are not cleaned either. This could lead to gum disease, which, as we have mentioned before, can lead to much discomfort and even eventual tooth loss. In addition to this, the natural part of the tooth can still decay and increases the likelihood of the veneer becoming detached.
Finally, although porcelain is non porous, this does not mean that certain food stuffs won’t stick to its surface. Especially if you have had veneers fitted to aesthetically improve your smile, failing to keep them clean defeats the purpose of having them in the first place.
Dental veneers are a great way of enhancing your smile and are long lasting too. In addition to this, at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we are able to fit them in just a single visit using our advanced in-house CEREC technology. This system creates dental restorations such as veneers whilst you wait, avoiding the need for them to be produced at an external dental laboratory, which would delay the final fitting.
If you have badly stained teeth, or teeth whose appearance has been spoiled due to them being chipped or cracked, why not come and talk to us to see how we can help you? You can arrange an initial consultation to see one of our experienced cosmetic dentists by calling us on 01372 720136.