Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Veneers

added on: October 27, 2020

If you’ve thought about improving your smile, it’s likely you’ve spent some time researching different cosmetic dentistry procedures. One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures you can choose from is porcelain veneers. Before you schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist in Burkburnett, we thought it would be helpful to see answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions after reading through our blog, feel free to ask Dr. Van Tassell or Dr. Clark during your consultation and they will be happy to answer.

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Will Veneers Make My Teeth Sensitive?

Getting porcelain veneers requires us to remove a thin layer of your enamel to make room for your veneers. After we remove the thin layer, it is possible that your teeth feel sensitive afterward. While you wait for your permanent veneers to return from the lab, you will wear a temporary set. This should help alleviate some of the tooth sensitivity. After we place your permanent pair, your sensitivity should go away. If it still lingers, you can use sensitivity toothpaste.

Are Veneers Reversible?

Yes and no. Traditional porcelain veneers like the ones we offer at our dental practice are not reversible. This is because we have to remove a thin layer of your enamel. There are some veneers like Lumineers that don’t require any preparation of the tooth. Those types of veneers are highly reversible but not as durable or aesthetic. You can also opt for dental bonding if you’re not ready to commit to porcelain veneers yet. You shouldn’t worry about the reversibility of your treatment though. Your brand new smile will look so amazing that you won’t think of going back!

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Although it depends on your habits and hygiene routine, dental veneers can last anywhere between 15 to 25 years before they need to be replaced.

Does Insurance Cover Porcelain Veneers?

It depends on your dental insurance. Most dental insurances won’t cover porcelain veneers if they’re only for cosmetic reasons. If they’re helping to restore your tooth, it’s possible your insurance might cover a portion. We recommend asking your insurance to find out.

Can I Eat Anything While Wearing Veneers?

Yes, you can eat any food. However, it’s important to not chew on ice, bite your nails or chew on anything else that’s not supposed to be eaten. Otherwise, you can damage your veneers.

Will Veneers Increase My Risk of Cavities?

No. As long as you continue your regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleaning visits, you’re not at a higher risk of developing cavities from your new veneers.

Do Porcelain Veneers Stain?

No! One of the top benefits of porcelain veneers is that they don’t stain. You can drink all the coffee and red wine you want while you have veneers without facing the consequences of a yellow smile. Your teeth underneath the veneers can stain, however. Make sure you’re still rinsing your mouth with water after consuming anything that can potentially stain your teeth to help prevent stains.

Does the Procedure Hurt?

No! We apply a local anesthetic to prevent any type of pain from occurring during the preparation portion of the procedure. Bonding the actual veneers to your teeth is completely painless. Improving your smile with veneers is pain-free!

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

It depends on how many veneers you get. The first appointment consists of preparing your teeth and taking impressions while the second appointment focuses on bonding the veneers to your teeth. Most patients don’t spend more than a few hours with us.

Am I a Good Candidate?

If you’re free of gum disease and cavities and have overall good oral health, you’re likely a good candidate for porcelain veneers. If you grind or clench your teeth, you will need to be strict about wearing a nightguard to protect your veneers from damage though.

How Many Veneers Do I Need?

It depends. Every patient is different and requires a different number of veneers to achieve their goals. Some patients might need just a few while others might require up to 12. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Van Tassell or Dr. Kyle Clark to find out how many veneers you need to achieve your goals.

What Happens if a Veneer Falls Off?

First, don’t panic! This is highly unlikely to happen but if it does, the first thing you should do is find the veneer and put it in a safe spot. Don’t try to super glue it onto your tooth. Please contact our dental office at your earliest convenience so we can reattach the veneer.

Can Veneers Make My Teeth Look Straighter?

Yes! If your teeth are minorly crooked, veneers can help their shape look much straighter and save you from going through a lengthy orthodontic treatment. Not all patients are a good candidate for this solution though. Please ask Dr. Van Tassell or Dr. Clark if porcelain veneers are ideal for making your teeth look straight or if you should explore other orthodontic options like Invisalign or braces instead.

Schedule a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers in Burkburnett, TX Today

If you’re ready to find out how porcelain veneers can transform your smile or learn the answers to any other questions you have, please contact Burkburnett Family Dental by calling our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting with you!