Reality Check: Dispelling Some Common Myths Regarding Front Teeth Veneers

Posted on: 12 December 2016

Your front teeth have such a great impact on your smile and facial appearance that you cannot afford to do nothing when they get badly discoloured, broken, crooked or misaligned or when they develop some unsightly gaps between them. Dental veneers are specifically designed to remedy the aforementioned dental problems. As the number of people seeking front teeth veneers continues to go up, it is important to understand correct information regarding this type of dental treatment, as there are so many misconceptions being spread around. Here is a quick run-through of some popular misconceptions out there.

Veneers do not seem natural

The primary goal of any cosmetic dental treatment is to make the patient's teeth as natural looking as possible. It goes without saying that today's veneers work quite effectively to give the patient a natural appearance. Their shape, colour and thickness can all be personalised to seamlessly match the exact look of the patient's remaining teeth. Most often, veneers are hardly noticeable.

Veneer application is painful

Many people fear making a trip to the dental office, especially if they are aware they will need to undergo surgical treatment. When people hear that their teeth will have to be reshaped and refilled before veneers are applied, they tend to get scared. They imagine that the procedure will be an agonisingly painful one. This is incorrect! During the application process, the patient will be locally anaesthetised to relieve them of any pain or discomfort. This will help keep the patient calm and relaxed throughout the procedure.

Veneers do not last for long

Most people assume that veneers are too fragile because they are essentially a thin shell. What they often forget to take into consideration is that the thin covering is made from a ceramic material (usually porcelain), which is natural-looking but also quite sturdy and long-lasting.

Veneers can be used to replace missing teeth

This is another popular misconception that needs to be dispelled. Your veneers will need to be placed over existing teeth, so there's no way they will work if the teeth are missing. If you are missing some or all of your front teeth, it is dentures that you will require, not veneers.

While it is true that veneers are often placed in the front of the mouth, they can also be applied anywhere in the mouth. Some patients place them on premolars so as to even out the teeth and improve their facial profile, for example.

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