If you have been considering getting porcelain veneers lately to enhance your smile, you have probably heard a bit of misconception about the treatment, although, you might not know that they’re misconceptions. Before you say no to porcelain veneers, find out the truth to common misconceptions about porcelain veneers. Our dentist here at Port Washington Dental Care is here to help you with all of your cosmetic dentistry questions and needs.

1.  Getting Porcelain Veneers is Painful

One of the first misconceptions patients of ours bring up is that porcelain veneers are painful. This is not true. First, the procedure to get porcelain veneers is completely painless. Our dentist will numb up your mouth if you feel any pain at any point. Before we even begin the procedure, we use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. The procedure consists of first removing a thin layer of your enamel. This is to make room for the veneers on your teeth. This part of the procedure is not as painful as you will be numbed up. After that part is over, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are used to create the veneers themselves.

Once the veneers have been returned from the lab, our dentist in Port Washington will verify that the veneers are the correct color and shape before bonding them to your teeth. This part is also not painful. Your complete porcelain veneers experience at our office will be painless and easy.

2. Veneers are Only Needed for Front Teeth

Another common misconception about porcelain veneers that we hear from our patients is that veneers are only needed for front teeth. Although your front teeth are seen more than others, patients can receive veneers on any teeth they see fit. When you smile, how many of your teeth show? Not just the top six. A lot of people show their bottom teeth when they smile. There is no perfect formula for the number of veneers you need or where they are placed. Our dentist will advise which teeth he thinks will benefit the most from porcelain veneers.

3. Your Tooth Must Be Filed Down to Receive Dental Veneers

This is another misconception we hear from patients. Although yes, most veneers require part of your enamel to be removed for the veneers to be placed, there are alternative veneers options out there that do not require this step. If the veneer is ultrathin, no enamel needs to be removed for it to fit properly on your teeth. Your dentist will discuss the different veneers options available to you. The thinner veneers, however, are not as strong and do not last as long as traditional veneers.

4. Veneers are Only for Aesthetics

Another misconception going around about porcelain veneers is that they are only for aesthetic purposes. This is not true. Patients who have cracks, chips or even broken teeth can benefit from veneers. Although the aesthetics will improve, the tooth structure can also be restored, therefore making it a restorative treatment just as much as a cosmetic procedure. Patients can inquire about porcelain veneers if they want them for aesthetic reasons or restorative reasons. We’re here to help your teeth be healthy and look beautiful.

5. Veneers Look Unnatural

Although it’s possible for dental veneers to look unnatural, this is not the ultimate truth. When you visit us for a veneers consultation, you will choose which teeth you receive veneers on, what color they are, and what you want to change about your tooth’s shape. Our dentist will assist you in creating your ideal smile. If your veneer results come out looking unnatural, this is because either you wanted something that was unnatural, or your dentist chose the wrong shades and shapes for your smile. This is why it’s important to choose a qualified and experienced cosmetic dentist like ours at Port Washington Dental Care. When you choose porcelain veneers from our dentist, your smile will look beautiful and natural, unless you want it to look fake.

6. You Can Get Veneers in One Visit

Another misconception that we hear from our patients is that you can get veneers in one simple visit. Although this isn’t entirely false, it’s unlikely. Some dental offices may have a CEREC machine or other milling device to create the veneers in their office, but it’s uncommon. In most cases, you will need to visit us for a consultation and prep, and second for the placement of the veneers. We recommend going with the two visit option as it allows you to wear temporary veneers to get used to your new smile first.

7. Porcelain Veneers Will Increase Sensitivity of Teeth

Tooth sensitivity has always been a high concern for patients of ours considering porcelain veneers. This misconception stems from the fact that part of your enamel is removed in order to prep your tooth. While you don’t have your permanent veneers placed, it is possible that you experience a little bit of extra sensitivity on your tooth. However, once the veneers are placed, your tooth sensitivity will diminish and your teeth will go back to feeling normal.

8. Porcelain Veneers Break or Chip Easily

The last misconception we hear about porcelain veneers is that they break or chip easily. This is not true! Your porcelain veneers are actually stronger than your natural teeth. The only way they chip or break is if you bring physical contact upon them. We recommend wearing a night guard at night to avoid grinding your clenching your teeth as well as wearing a mouth guard when playing contact sports. This will prevent you from damaging your porcelain veneers. You veneers are expected to last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

Visit Our Port Washington Veneers Dentist Today

Now that we have demystified some of these common misconceptions about porcelain veneers, it’s time to take the plunge and get veneers for you. If you’re interested in making an appointment for a porcelain veneers consultation, get into contact with Port Washington Dental Care today by giving us a call or filling out our online form. We look forward to making your smile beautiful!