Smile Transformation 101: Porcelain Veneers FAQ

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If you’re in the market for a dramatically new smile, porcelain veneers can give you exactly that in just a few visits with our Ann Arbor, MI, cosmetic dentists. These thin, “shell-like” coverings are capable of altering how your teeth look in terms of shape, size, and shade. Whatever changes you’d like to see, we can work our magic!

Here are 6 commonly asked questions about veneers (with answers!) to mull over if you need a bit more information before deciding to pursue the procedure.

1. Would Veneers Work for Me?

There are a few indications that you might benefit from the application of veneers. One of which is whether or not your teeth are chipped or cracked. While this type of issue can be fixed with other treatments like dental bonding, veneers are a more permanent and long-lasting solution.

Our dentists may also recommend the veneers procedure if you have teeth that are worn down, gapped, slightly misaligned, or unevenly shaped. For example, many patients choose to forgo metal braces or Invisalign® clear aligners in favor of veneers as they work spectacularly for smaller gaps between teeth that otherwise wouldn’t require much in terms of orthodontic correction.

Things become complicated, however, when you have widespread tooth decay or you have a history of grinding your teeth at night. If veneers are still the goal, our dentists will need to completely get rid of any decay as it is not a good idea to cover that up. We can also create a night guard for you to wear once your veneers are in place to prevent damage.

2. What’s the Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are built for the long haul if you treat them well. For example, if you brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and keep up-to-date with your professional teeth cleanings inside our Ann Arbor, MI, dental practice, you’re looking at your veneers lasting upwards of 10 years or possibly longer.

Of course, accidents can still happen, though porcelain is a very strong material. In the instance your veneers do sustain damage, we ask that you schedule an appointment so our dentists can work to restore them.

3. How Do I Care for My Veneers?

As mentioned in the above answer, there isn’t much special care for veneers beyond regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. They’re permanently bonded to your natural teeth so there’s no need to remove them for cleaning like with dentures.

It is important that you eliminate certain behaviors or habits that can put unwanted stress on your veneers. This includes biting your nails or utensils, chewing on straws, and using your teeth as tools to open packages.

4. Does It Hurt to Have Veneers Applied?

You shouldn’t feel any pain when our dentists place your veneers. Before we prepare your teeth for placement, we will administer a local anesthetic so you don’t experience any discomfort as we remove a portion of your natural enamel to allow for the best fit.

We’ll then put on temporary veneers so your teeth are not left in a vulnerable state while you wait for the permanent versions to arrive back from the dental lab. You are free to eat and drink as you’d like following the procedure, provided the anesthesia has worn off.

5. Are There Any Foods I Should Avoid?

Depending on how many veneers you receive, you may need to take some time to get used to your new bite. Our dentists suggest sticking with softer foods that are easier to chew as you become accustomed to how your teeth now fit together.

Outside of this timeframe, it’s wise to be careful around hard candies, ice, nuts, hard fruit, and popcorn (with kernels). You can still enjoy certain foods in this list but may need to find other ways to prepare them before eating. For example, try cutting up an apple first instead of biting into one directly.

6. How Many Veneers Will I Need?

Every patient is different. For this reason, our dentists ask that you come into the office for a proper consultation. We can closely examine your smile, discuss your goals, and determine what will look best for you.

Ask Our Dentists About Getting Veneers

Veneers could be what your smile needs but to be sure, it’s best to meet with our cosmetic dentists in Ann Arbor, MI. Call Excel Dental today at (734) 929-9999 to request an appointment.