Are you getting porcelain veneers installed on your teeth? Are you thinking about getting veneers installed but haven't yet decided? If so, you probably have some questions about the installation procedure. These answers to frequently asked questions can help you prepare for the procedure and may help you decide whether or not getting porcelain veneers is right for you.
How long does the process take?
Usually the porcelain veneer installation process involves some amount of tooth reduction, meaning that the tooth is shaved by a small amount in order to make room for the veneer. The veneer is glued onto the worn down tooth. The process involves two visits to the cosmetic dentist: first to reduce the tooth and make a mold for the veneer, and the second to install the veneer after it's been made. The length of each visit to the cosmetic dentist will depend on the number of teeth being worked on. The length of time it takes to make the veneer between visits may be as long as a couple weeks.
Does it hurt to install porcelain veneers?
Without any pain medication, this reduction process can be uncomfortable. This is why your cosmetic dentist will administer a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. Anesthetic will help you feel more comfortable while the tooth is being worn down. In some cases, the tooth may not need to be worn down for the veneer to be installed. When no tooth reduction is involved in the installation process, then you're unlikely to experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Is there pain after the veneer is installed?
If your tooth is reduced during the installation process, then it's likely to be sensitive for several days after the veneer is put on. Hot and cold drinks and food may give you pain during this time. Your dentist may recommend ibuprofen to help with the pain. This will help make you feel more comfortable.
When might the dentist not grind down the tooth before installing a veneer?
Some modern veneer options, known as "minimal prep" or "no-prep veneers" can be installed with minimal or no tooth reduction. However, these no-prep veneers are not appropriate for many patients. No-prep veneers can make your teeth seem bulky, and on some teeth no-prep veneers won't fit at all. Talk to a cosmetic dentist such as David Jackson, DDS if you're interested in finding out more about this modern veneer option.