I am considering veneers for my eight front top teeth. The teeth are uneven, and their shape is weird. Two teeth slightly overlap the one in front of it. Will it be painful to get my teeth shaved for veneers or while the dentist attaches them?
Thank you. Micha from Warren, Ohio
Thank you for your question. Getting porcelain veneers is one of the most comfortable procedures for a patient. We will explain what preparing your teeth for veneers involves.
Is It Painful to Get Your Teeth Shaved for Veneers?
Preparing your teeth for veneers is not painful. Sometimes, a dentist can prepare your teeth without any local anesthetic. However, if you have sensitive teeth or dental anxiety, your dentist will numb your teeth and ensure you do not feel discomfort throughout the procedure. In most cases, your teeth will require preparation to ensure your veneers fit snugly and smoothly over the fronts of your teeth. A skilled cosmetic dentist will only remove 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm of tooth enamel.
How Does a Dentist Prepare Your Teeth for Veneers?
Cosmetic dentists use a diamond bur tool to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel from each tooth that will get a porcelain veneer. A skilled dentist will select diamond bur sizes depending on the condition and position of each tooth, removing minimal amounts of tooth enamel. The dentist will avoid aggressive preparation that affects the dentin beneath your enamel. Tooth preparation should not be painful.
Will You Have Pain During Porcelain Veneers Placement?
Advanced cosmetic dentists place porcelain veneers with care. They use special equipment and materials to place veneers quickly and smoothly. Your cosmetic dentist will understand the importance of removing excess bonding while soft to prevent uncomfortable removal if the bonding hardens.
Schedule a Porcelain Veneers Consultation
We recommend scheduling a consultation with an advanced, preferably accredited, cosmetic dentist to discuss your concerns and the results you can expect with porcelain veneers. Let the dentist know if you suffer from dental anxiety, and they will explain your options for sedation.
Dr. Steven Brooksher, a Baton Rouge accredited cosmetic dentist, sponsors this post.