Dispelling Common Misconceptions About Dental Veneers

There are many different types of cosmetic dental procedures that you can undergo, but veneers are among the more common. However, there is a good chance that you are not particularly informed about veneers if you have only recently started to consider undergoing this procedure. It should not be surprising that you may believe some misinformation about veneers, and learning the realities behind these misconceptions will help you to have a better understanding about this cosmetic procedure. 

Myth: Veneers Will Prevent Cavities

There is a common belief among some patients that veneers will offer protection against the formation of cavities. While this would be a nice perk, it should be noted that patients with veneers can still suffer cavities. This is because the veneer will not completely cover the tooth. There will be a small gap where the tooth meets the gums, and it is possible for decay to start to develop here. 

Due to this, you should still practice the same oral health care steps that you would without veneers. This will include flossing and the use of mouthwash alongside brushing. Furthermore, you will still need to go to the dentist for your routine cleanings to help remove tartar and plaque from the exposed portion of the tooth before it starts to turn into a cavity. 

Myth: Getting Veneers Is Extremely Painful

Another belief that many patients have is that the process of getting veneers will be extremely painful or uncomfortable. However, this is not the case, and you are unlikely to notice much discomfort once they have been installed. 

This belief comes from the assumption that the dentist will always have to file away some of the teeth to accommodate the veneers. Yet this may not be the case, because your dentist will likely only need to roughen the surface of the teeth, and this is done with special chemicals. The teeth must be roughened to allow the adhesive to properly bond with them, but this procedure should not be painful or uncomfortable. 

Veneers can be a simple way of transforming your smile without needing to have teeth extracted and replaced. Yet, deciding on whether to have veneers installed will require you to have accurate information about what to expect from these dental prosthetics. Understanding your teeth will still be prone to cavities and that the process of receiving veneers is not painful will help you to make an informed choice about having veneers placed on your teeth.

For more information, speak to a local cosmetic dentist.