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Dental veneers are a thin layer of porcelain or composite that fits over the front of a tooth. A veneer can fix a discolored, damaged, or slightly crooked tooth.
Most veneers are made of porcelain. The entire procedure typically requires a few dentist visits.
To make and apply a veneer, a dentist will:
The actual veneer procedure is usually not painful since the area is numbed with a local anesthetic before beginning. Some mild pain or discomfort in the gums and jaw in the days to weeks after getting a veneer is normal, especially if you are getting multiple veneers.
In most cases, the pain associated with veneer placement is mild and can be relieved by taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications.
Aside from feeling mild discomfort after getting a veneer, you may also:
If you experience sensitivity in your teeth, you can limit the discomfort by:
Always practice good oral hygiene after getting veneers. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), to practice good oral hygiene you should:
While there are many benefits to getting veneers, many people experience some postoperative symptoms for a week or two.
But talk to your dentist if you experience:
The ADA claims there are many perks of getting veneers instead of other treatments.
Veneers can be beneficial because they:
Dental veneers are a thin covering that are cemented on top of your natural teeth. Most people don’t feel anything during the actual veneer procedure. Temporary discomfort, pain, or tooth sensitivity for a few days to weeks after getting veneers is normal.
Talk to your dentist if the pain, sensitivity, or discomfort persists for longer than 2 weeks after you get veneers. Also talk to your dentist if the veneers feel loose, are cracked or chipped, or cause an uneven bite.
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