What should I consider before getting dental veneers?

The following are things to consider when getting a veneer, a thin covering that is placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth:
  • Before a veneer is made, your teeth and gums must be healthy. Your dentist can treat any problems before your veneers are made.
  • There may be a period of adjustment, a few days to a week, to get used to the feel of your restored teeth.
  • Although veneers generally require little removal of tooth enamel, the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed.
  • Patients who clench or grind their teeth are not good candidates for veneers because the thin veneers may chip or break. If you clench or grind, your dentist may suggest a plastic dental night guard to be worn while sleeping, which can help reduce stress on the teeth.
  • Veneers look like tooth enamel, and they can chip like real teeth. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice.
  • Like any dental restoration, it is possible, over time and with wear, for veneers to come loose. In that case, new ones might be needed.
  • As with all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

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