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Porcelain Veneers FAQs – Casper, WY

Feeling Confident About Your New Smile

When preparing for any type of cosmetic treatment, it is not uncommon to have concerns or questions about the process and what to expect before, during, and after you receive your new smile. Dr. Prach and her team want you to feel confident about your decision to move forward with porcelain veneers in Casper, which is why she has compiled several frequently asked questions for you to review before your consultation. After reading through the questions should you have any additional ones, we invite you to contact our office.

How long do dental veneers last?

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Depending on how well you take care of your veneers, they can last anywhere between 5 and 10 years. You must maintain a good oral hygiene routine to keep them clean, so make sure you are brushing, flossing, and rinsing, as well as visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings every six months.

How many veneers do I need?

This is dependent upon your personal preference. During an initial consultation with Dr. Prach, she will be happy to suggest which teeth and how many should receive veneers, but ultimately, it is up to you. Most individuals either opt to have veneers placed on all their teeth or only the ones that are visible to others. It is believed that having two, four, eight, ten, or twelve delivers to greatest results.

How do I care for my veneers?

There are no special products or tools necessary when caring for your veneers. You need only a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. You will need to brush twice daily for two minutes and floss at least once a day. If you are prone to grinding or clenching your teeth at night, asking our dentist about a custom-made nightguard can prevent possible chips and cracks from occurring in your veneers. You may also want to avoid eating hard, crunchy foods, as these can damage your veneers more quickly.

What is the most common reason to have veneers replaced?

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Gum recession is often the most common reason people have their veneers replaced. If the root of your tooth becomes exposed, it will be easy to tell that your veneers are not your natural teeth. To prevent this, you will need to have your old veneer removed and a new one bonded in its place. This process does leave your natural tooth somewhat compromised; however, once the new veneer is placed, the chances of decay decrease as long as proper oral hygiene is practiced.

Can I preview my veneers before they go in?

Yes! Dr. Prach will use advanced technology to allow you to see what your veneers will look like prior to creation. Not only is this beneficial to solidifying your decision about choosing porcelain veneers, but it also enables you to suggest changes before your restorations are created by lab technicians.

How do I get veneers to match my other teeth?

The most obvious way to do this is with teeth whitening. Since your veneers allow you to essentially choose your new tooth color, once they are placed, you can talk to your dentist about having your other natural teeth whitened to match your veneers.

Does the process hurt?

A woman having her teeth whitened to better match her porcelain veneers

To place your veneers, you will receive a numbing agent to protect against any discomfort. While you will not experience any pain while Dr. Prach places your new restorations, you might feel some soreness after the numbness goes away. This is most common in patients who receive eight or more veneers. It is common to have some discomfort in your jaw and gums, but an over-the-counter pain reliever can help.

Will I need gum contouring?

Only under certain circumstances would you need gum contouring. If you have a gum line that is not even, it may be necessary to perform this type of procedure to create the most pleasing aesthetic. However, you will not experience any additional discomfort.

What can I eat and what foods should I avoid?

When wearing veneers, it is best if you avoid anything hard or crunchy. In the few days after having your veneers placed, it’s best if you opt for softer foods to prevent additional discomfort. After a few days, you can begin to incorporate other foods, and after several weeks, there are no restrictions other than hard foods. Ice, hard candies or fruits, nuts, and popcorn are best avoided, as these can chip, break, crack, or fracture a veneer or a natural tooth.

What habits should I avoid or stop?

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Bad habits are hard to break, but Dr. Prach recommends that you stop biting your nails, chewing on inanimate objects (pens/pencils), and using your teeth as tools to open packages.

What happens if one of my veneers comes off?

While it might be natural to panic in this type of situation, the most important thing to do is stay calm. If a veneer comes off, call our office and alert us to the situation. Do not try to put the veneer back onto your tooth with glue or any other type of bonding agent. Dr. Prach will likely need to have a new veneer created, but depending on the status of the veneer, it may be possible for her to simply re-bond it to your tooth.

Can I brush and floss my teeth after veneers, and do I still have to come for professional hygiene appointments?

When it comes to wearing veneers, there is nothing you should change about your oral hygiene routine. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are just the same, and yes, you will need to continue with your six-month dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Prach. This will allow her to examine your veneers and check for any small imperfections.