Will My Teeth Be Damaged With Veneers?

By: Our Team


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Porcelain veneers can conceal many imperfections with your smile, including gaps between the teeth, chipped spots, discoloration, and uneven or crooked teeth. Dual-trained prosthodontist Dr. Stella Oh and the team at Madison Avenue Dentists in New York, NY can provide porcelain veneers that will improve how your teeth look.

You may be concerned about if porcelain veneers will harm your teeth more than they help. The truth is that your teeth will not be harmed by porcelain veneers, as the amount of enamel that requires removal before receiving your veneers will be minimal. Most patients will also have smiles healthy enough for porcelain veneers, but we will check to confirm your teeth can handle the procedure before we begin.

Can veneers hurt your teeth?

People often fear their teeth will be harmed by porcelain veneers because of the enamel reduction necessary for getting a veneer over the surface. A small bit of filing is necessary to keep the veneer from sticking out or looking unnatural. About 0.5 mm of the tooth’s enamel will be removed during preparation. While this total might seem concerning, this amount is a small portion of the enamel in your tooth. An average tooth will have about 2.5 mm of enamel, which is necessary for protecting the dentin and pulp inside the tooth. The amount we remove will not be enough to impact the internal parts of your tooth.

Are porcelain veneers painful?

Patients who receive dental veneers will experience some tooth sensitivity after receiving their veneers. The sensation comes as the tooth loses a small layer of surface enamel during the trimming. But any discomfort you may feel will only last for a few days on average. Most over-the-counter pain relief medicines will be strong enough to reduce the discomfort.

Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers?

Our team at Madison Avenue Dentists will also ensure your teeth are healthy enough to receive dental veneers before we start any procedure. Patients without symptoms of periodontal disease and people who don’t routinely clench their jaws or grind their teeth are ideal candidates for dental veneers. Those who do engage in their habits or have periodontal disease will require treatment to resolve those issues before they can receive dental veneers.

The tooth underneath your veneer will also stay safe as long as you practice the same care as you do for your other teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are critical to protecting your veneers to help prevent the underlying tooth from experiencing possible harm.

Contact our dentists in New York, NY to find out if porcelain veneers can improve your smile

Porcelain veneers are an excellent cosmetic dentistry solution that will restore how your smile looks while giving you the confidence you deserve. Dr. Stella Oh and our experts at Madison Avenue Dentists in New York can provide customized porcelain veneers that will fit your smile while still protecting the underlying teeth. You can visit our office in Manhattan on Madison Avenue and East 48th Street today or schedule an appointment for service.

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