Myths and Misconceptions About Veneers
Veneers are one of the best treatment options for improving the appearance of your smile. Though veneers have been a common cosmetic dentistry option for years, there have been advancements and innovative technology improvements that make veneers even better. Despite this, there are many misconceptions regarding veneers. We want to clear up a few of them.
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Myth #1: Veneers are very noticeable.
One extremely common misconception about veneers is whether or not other people can detect them. Because of dental technology advancements, dentists are now able to provide patients with customized veneers that are specific to the shape, size, thickness, and color of their natural teeth. As a result, veneers look like natural teeth and are typically undetectable by anyone but your dentist.
Myth #2: Veneers are only for cosmetic purposes.
Another common misconception about veneers are that they are only used for cosmetic purposes. Though veneers are commonly used to enhance the appearance of your smile, they can also serve to protect your teeth from enduring damage or decay thanks to the incredible strength of porcelain. Veneers can also be used to build up worn down teeth. A few other dental concerns which can be treated with veneers include:
- Misaligned teeth
- Major gaps
Myth #3: Veneers are painful.
Many patients have heard the misconception that the process of getting veneers is painful. However, this is simply not true. For major dental procedures, we provide patients with local anesthesia to help numb the area surrounding the teeth of concern. This will not only help you feel relaxed, but will provide you with a pain-free veneer application. After the veneer application treatment, our patients typically do not experience pain from their veneers. If you are experiencing pain after your treatment, contact your dentist to find a solution.
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Myth #4: Veneers require major tooth preservation.
Tooth preservation is a concern for many of our patients undergoing the veneer process. Luckily, you can rest assured that your dentist will work to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Your tooth will be filed down minimally in order to provide room to fit the veneer, but it’s typically only a very small section from the front of your tooth. This is actually one advantage over crowns because veneers require much less alteration to your natural teeth.
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Myth #5: Veneers take multiple visits to your dentist.
While we know that you want to spend as little time as possible at the dentist, we also know the importance of ensuring you have the best treatment possible. Every individual who walks through our doors is in need of something unique, and we are willing and able to provide that. Veneers can be applied during one appointment, and we recommend a follow-up visit to ensure they have adhered properly, but it’s unlikely you’ll need to schedule a visit more than 2-3 times,. We work to make this process as simple as possible for all of our patients. If you are concerned about the veneer process, learn more about it here.
Myth #6: Veneers are only for front teeth.
This is a common misconception we hear often. Veneers are not only used for cosmetic purposes but can also be applied to other teeth as well. Although veneers are more commonly seen on the front teeth, patients can have veneers elsewhere to fix non-cosmetic issues such as chipped or cracked teeth, discolored teeth, or minor gaps and misalignments.
Myth #7: Veneers easily stain.
Many people think veneers are like natural teeth in that they easily stain with foods/drinks such as coffee, red wine, and tea. However, patients can rest assured that this is not the case. In fact, many patients choose veneers to cover severely discolored natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are built to resist stains, but a proper oral hygiene routine is still important if you want to enjoy a beautiful smile for years to come.
Myth #8: Veneers are too expensive.
One common concern regarding veneers is the price. You may think veneers are too expensive of an investment for you. However, we want our patients to know that veneers will completely change their smile for the better. While porcelain veneers are an investment, the benefits you will receive will far outweigh the cost in the long run. We also offer financial options for patients who are interested in taking advantage of a payment plan to ensure you have access to the dental care you deserve.
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Veneers at the Memphis Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Our team at Memphis Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is willing and open to provide you with any information regarding veneers and the application process. If you’re interested in veneers, don’t hesitate to call us and set up an appointment. For a free consultation with Dr. Moore, contact us today!
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This article was reviewed by Dr. Miles Moore of Memphis Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who has received extensive training in implant dentistry. He is a member of multiple dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Memphis Dental Society.
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