Dental Veneers FAQ (Part 3)
If you’re struggling with the appearance of your smile, then it may be a good idea to look into the benefits of veneers. Dental veneers are custom-made, thin, and durable coverings that are bonded to and placed over your teeth to provide a realistic and beautiful appearance. Veneers are a good option for many patients wanting to enhance their smiles. Parts 1 & 2 of this blog series noted a few frequently asked questions when it comes to dental veneers, here are 3 more veneer FAQs: Dental Veneers FAQ
How do I care for dental veneers?
Taking care of your veneers involves basically what you should be doing to care for your teeth and gums anyway. Ensure you’re brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes each, as well as daily flossing. You may also consider wearing a bite guard at night as an added layer of protection. When it comes to eating with porcelain veneers, patients can typically eat most foods, but it’s important to consider that every patient has a different dental profile. It’s a good idea to eat softer foods right after the procedure as you get used to your veneers. While there aren’t typically overt restrictions, you may want to avoid extremely hard consumables such as ice and hard candy.
Does getting veneers hurt?
Patients are usually numbed for the process of getting veneers. Being that you are numbed, you shouldn’t feel pain during the procedure. Some patients report soreness of the gums and potentially the jaw, especially in cases of getting more than eight veneers. However, with smaller cases, minimal discomfort should take place after the numbness goes away. Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate the pain that may be associated with the procedure.
Are there alternative options?
For people who are concerned about the aesthetics of their smiles, there are several options depending on each individual case. Some patients may desire to have whiter teeth and might look into teeth whitening services. For patients who have crooked teeth, large gaps or overcrowding, or for those with an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, then Invisalign treatment could be a viable option. Lumineers are also considered a viable alternative to veneers. Every dental profile is different and each patient has different goals in mind for their teeth and smile, so it’s wise to consult your dentist to discuss your situation and goals to determine the best option for you.
To learn more about dental veneers and if they are a good option for you, contact Birch Lake Dental. We are your local dentist in North Oaks MN and are proud to offer veneers as well as several other services and procedures to promote a healthy smile. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can benefit you & your smile! Watch for Part 4 of this blog series for a few more commonly asked questions about dental veneers.