Common Misconceptions About Porcelain Veneers

Apr 05, 2018

Humans have a natural fear of the unknown. That’s why when it comes to even the simplest dental procedures, there arise numerous misconceptions that scare people away. That’s the way it is with porcelain veneers. People get this idea that it will be bad when in reality they are a lot less scary than you might think. Dare to try new things, or at least research the subject a little

The application of veneers is painful.

The actual application of veneers is a painless procedure. The preparation beforehand involves the filing down of a negligible amount of tooth enamel, which would cause some pain if it wasn’t for the fact that your dentist will make sure your mouth is properly numbed before preparing the teeth. Overall, the application of veneers and the preparation are generally pain-free.

You only need veneers for the front of your mouth.

While the application of veneers is most common on the front six teeth, they are also commonly applied to the molars and less-visible bottom teeth.

The entire tooth will be filed down to nothing more than a nub.

This is very far from the truth. It is generally the biggest misconception that leaves the most people turned off from ever even thinking of getting veneers. But it’s just not true. A very thin layer of enamel is filed away from the teeth, but it is generally negligible. This is only done so that the veneers will lay flat on the surface of the teeth without protruding out. Veneers are extremely thin, so not much must be filed down.

Veneers look unnatural.

While some people with veneers can look unnatural, this is because it is what the patient wanted. If you purchase do-it-yourself veneers online, you can end up with an unnatural looking finished product. Also, if you ask your dentist to make your veneers unnaturally large or white, then that is your personal choice! For the most part, people with veneers end up with beautiful, natural-looking smiles. Your dentist is able to match color and shape to natural teeth perfectly.