Don’t believe everything you hear about this cosmetic procedure.
Veneers are special porcelain laminates that our dentists adhere to teeth. Veneers fill in gaps, or cover blemishes from worn down, chipped, or broken teeth. They can be a great solution for achieving your perfect smile, making your teeth look fuller, straighter, and cleaner.
They sound pretty great, right?
They are! But, unfortunately, there are a lot of rumors out there about veneers that may scare people out of getting them. Below are some common misconceptions we want to clear up about this safe and effective cosmetic procedure.
Myth 1: “Veneers make your teeth look fake”
One common misconception is that veneers will make your teeth look noticeably artificial. You might be imagining blindingly white, overly-large teeth that create a fake-looking smile. But if that horror show were the case, we wouldn’t recommend them!
The veneers we place at Smile Fort Worth are designed to contour perfectly to your natural tooth shape. Dr. Harlin or Dr. Wilkinson will make an impression of your tooth and send it to a dental lab, where they’ll engineer your veneers specifically to the aspects of your teeth and gums. You and your dentist can discuss exactly what type of look you want from your veneers. You’ll even be able to weigh in on your veneers’ size, shape, and color as our team creates the design. People will notice that your smile looks great, but they won’t second guess the authenticity of your teeth.
Myth 2: “Veneers stain easily”
Along with worrying about veneers looking artificial, you may have heard that they will stain easily. In fact, the very opposite is true. Tooth enamel is porous and easily soaks up stains from drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine. But porcelain is a very strong material that will act as a barrier between your teeth and the outside world. Staining liquids will bounce right off your porcelain veneers, keeping your radiant teeth shining.
Myth 3: “Getting veneers will hurt”
One thing that keeps people from asking about veneers is the fear of pain during the procedure. We totally get it — teeth are sensitive and fear of dental procedures is a very real anxiety.
However, you should know that the modern veneer process is no more uncomfortable than getting your teeth cleaned. We administer a local anesthetic that will numb the area where we’ll be operating. You’ll be very safe the whole time, and you can always speak to our doctors about any concerns or anxieties you may have. The process is swift with little to no discomfort.
Myth 4: “Your teeth will be filed away”
Some people think that in order to affix the veneer, your teeth must be significantly filed down to a smaller shape and size. With modern dentistry, this is absolutely not the case.
Here’s what really happens: in order to prepare for the procedure, we’ll lightly smooth the outer surface of your tooth enamel. This helps with the bonding process to make sure the veneer has a good hold on your tooth to last for years.
Remember that anesthetic we talked about? That’s gonna come in handy here, because the area will be numbed so you won’t feel any pain.
Now is really the best time to get cosmetic dentistry. Why? Because today’s veneer technology is light years ahead of what cosmetic dentistry used to be 20 or even 10 years ago. Now, minimal-prep or even “no-prep” veneers protect the health and strength of your natural teeth by reducing or eliminating any filing and shaping of the natural tooth.
Myth 5: “Veneers damage your teeth”
Probably because so many people believe in myth #4, they also believe veneers will weaken or damage the health of their teeth. We are in the business of creating beautiful, healthy teeth, not creating weak or damaged teeth.
Really, the opposite is true. One reason you might get veneers is if your teeth are weak or have worn-down enamel. Teeth go through a lot throughout their lives, and the veneers add a layer of protection that makes them stronger. Remember, it’s like a shield for your teeth to keep them clean, strong, and healthy. And, because we only shave off a tiny bit of enamel, your teeth will stay fully intact.
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