If you’d like to improve the appearance or structure of your teeth, veneers are a wonderful option to consider. Made from a natural-looking porcelain material, veneers are a custom-made solution that can remedy a variety of oral health issues, including cracked or damaged enamel, gaps, or even crooked teeth. However, there are quite a few myths surrounding these dental appliances. If you’re thinking about getting veneers, here are a few myths that you definitely shouldn’t buy into.
- Veneers are easily noticeable – everyone will know you have them. Veneers have been in use for quite some time now and, with modern technology, we’ve really been able to perfect the art. Veneers are customized to meet your needs. This means their color, thickness, and shape can all be adjusted so they achieve your desired look and also blend in with the rest of your smile. Most people won’t even know you’re wearing them.
- To get veneers, you have to file down the entire tooth. We hear this myth quite often with patients who are hesitant to get veneers. Reshaping of the tooth will be required in order to fit the veneer, but this is usually very minimal. Veneers can be made to be as thin as .3mm, so this ultra-thin material can easily fit over your natural teeth.
- Veneers are purely for cosmetic purposes. Actually, there are quite a few restorative benefits to getting veneers. In addition to remedying aesthetic issues with your teeth, they can protect teeth that have been damaged with chips, cracks or small holes. They can be used to repair molars, enhance your bite, and repair teeth that are particularly worn down. Overall, veneers can greatly improve your oral health.
- Getting veneers is a very painful process. With the usage of modern technology, patients do not experience discomfort during the process of getting veneers. During the procedure, we’ll need to remove a small amount of the dental enamel to prepare the teeth for the device, but this process is relatively painless. To be safe, though, we use a local anesthetic just in case. Patients hardly feel a thing!
- Veneers are high maintenance. With your natural teeth, it is important to maintain a steady dental hygiene routine to keep them in good shape. The same can be said for veneers. To ensure your veneers last and maintain their clean, glossy appearance, you’ll simply need to brush and floss as normal. You might consider brushing with a special toothpaste to protect them, but even a normal toothpaste will do the trick. If taken care of properly, they can have a lifespan of up to ten years (after which they will need to be replaced).
Do you want to learn more about how veneers could remedy your oral health problems? Call Hinsdale Dental to schedule your consultation today. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you to determine if veneers are a good fit for you.Return to Blog