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5 Misconceptions about Veneers

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Your smile is the first thing people notice when they meet you, and we all know first impressions are everything. If you’re not happy with the appearance of your teeth, you can quickly lose confidence. This lack of self-esteem can ultimately affect your personal and professional relationships.

Misconceptions About Veneers

That’s why many people turn to cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are an easy way to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Simply put, a veneer is a thin layer of restorative material that is bonded to your teeth. Veneers can mask discolourations, fill in gaps, and even correct chipped edges.

Porcelain veneers are among the most popular methods to create a more beautiful smile. They can make teeth appear whiter and even change the size and shape of your teeth if they’re uneven. If applied properly, veneers can last up to 15 years.

Despite its many advantages, there are lots of myths surrounding this dental procedure. Let’s break down the top five misconceptions so you can objectively assess whether veneers are the solution for you.

Misconception #1: The application is very painful

There’s no need to worry about pain when it comes to veneers. Like all major dental work, patients are given a local anesthetic before application. To prepare the teeth, they will be lightly buffed to account for the added thickness of the veneers. The dentist will typically remove a half millimeter off of each tooth.

Afterward, the veneers will be gently placed on the teeth. You will feel no discomfort during this phase because of the anesthetic. To apply the veneer, the dentist will clean the teeth with special chemicals to form a bond. Cement will be applied between the tooth and veneer. A light beam will then be used to harden the cement. Once the procedure is finished, you may feel mild sensitivity, but over-the-counter painkillers should relieve any discomfort.

If you’re still anxious about pain, just remember that veneers are a more conservative approach to crowns. Veneers require much less tooth preparation (buffing) as opposed to crowns that require significant removal of healthy tooth structure. It’s also important to note that permanent veneers do not cause long-term sensitivity. In fact, if you were already suffering from sensitivity due to thinning enamel, veneers may actually eliminate the problem.

Misconception #2: Veneers are only useful for the front of your mouth

Veneers are generally used on the front six teeth where they are most visible, but they are very versatile in that they can also be used on the lower teeth and premolars. This is a good option for patients seeking a more noticeable transformation. And it’s important to note that veneers are not just for aesthetic purposes either.

They can actually improve chewing function when applied to the back teeth. Many dentists also recommend veneers to rebuild molars and even fill out cheeks. If your veneers are for non-cosmetic purposes, some of the expense may be covered by your insurance policy.

Misconception #3: Veneers don’t look natural

Many patients worry that their veneers will appear fake. Years ago, veneers were unnaturally white and had a glossy shine. They were also thicker and bulkier. But cosmetic dentistry has certainly evolved, and modern-day veneers are hardly noticeable.

A good dentist will be able to customize your veneers to match the shape, thickness, and size of your existing teeth. As for colour, it’s important to pay close attention when the veneer is placed on your tooth. If you find it too bright or too dark, it’s possible to adjust at this stage of application. The shade, however, cannot be changed once the veneers are cemented.

Misconception #4: You have to be careful when eating with veneers

It’s possible to eat pretty much anything. Modern-day veneers are made of extremely durable resin that can stand up to all types of chewing motions. Anything that requires an aggressive twisting action may break a veneer, but this type of chewing is very rare. The only foods you want to be cautious of are hard foods (like nuts or seeds) and those with dyes, as they can cause discolouration.

Misconception #5: Veneers are too expensive

It’s true that cosmetic dentistry can get pricey, but veneers are a good investment given their huge benefits. If you’d like to save on costs, ask your dentist about a composite resin alternative. The popular porcelain veneers tend to be more expensive. Many dental offices also offer easy payment plans, so ask about financing options. And if your veneers are for non-cosmetic purposes (i.e. to correct tooth function), then your insurance plan may cover some of the cost.

Pricing depends on many other factors, including:

  • The technical and artistic skill of ceramist making veneers and dentist who applies them

  • Number of teeth being treated

  • Location where treatment is performed; costs for cosmetic dentistry can vary widely by region with clinics in smaller towns charging less

Keep in mind that high-quality veneers can last up to 15 years. They can also prevent the need for more invasive treatments in the future. So, there’s a good chance you may be saving thousands in the long run by investing in this dental procedure.

For more information, please call Centenary Dental at (416) 281-4746] or contact us here.


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Dr. Stacey Stein
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Stacy Stein provides personalized care to each patient by explaining the risks and benefits of different treatment options in an honest way, and involves patients in their own care. With a focus on preventative, paediatrics, restorative, prosthodontics, and endodontics, she loves working with patients of all ages.