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For many people, dental veneers are a great way to achieve a radiant, picture-perfect smile that lasts for decades. Since veneers are one of our most popular South Park cosmetic dentist services, we receive many questions about them, which we thought we’d answer here on today’s blog. If you are considering getting veneers in South Park, and do not see your question answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation appointment

Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers? 

In order to qualify for dental veneers, you must have healthy teeth and gums. This is because during the application process, about .5 mm of enamel will be removed, and the remaining tooth material must be strong and healthy enough to support the veneers. If you are struggling with gum disease, oral infections, or tooth decay, those conditions must be resolved first through other means before you can pursue veneers. 

Can I Get Veneers if I Grind My Teeth? 

People who frequently grind or clench their teeth are not good candidates for veneers, because grinding and clenching puts excess strain on the veneers and can cause them to break off completely. If you can successfully put an end to these behaviors, your dentist may determine that it is safe to apply veneers. It is also worth noting that as dental materials evolve, ceramists may be able to create stronger veneers that can withstand grinding or clenching.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Many different variables influence how long your veneers will last, so we cannot give the same blanket to everyone. However, porcelain veneers tend to last and retain their appearance for 10 or even 20 years without problems. Composite resin veneers tend to retain their appearance for up to 7 years, depending on your habits and lifestyle.

Is Getting Veneers Painful? 

Generally, no. Your dentist will be able to numb the area with local anesthesia so you do not feel the enamel removal. You may feel some soreness around the gums in the day following treatment. 

Will Dental Veneers Need Special Care?

No. You will simply need to continue normal good hygiene practices, including flossing, brushing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. Your dentist may suggest you stay away from stain-causing foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, and red wine.

Reduce Your Risk – Choose a Qualified South Park Cosmetic Dentist 

Since dental veneers are irreversible, it is natural to be a little nervous about the procedure. The best way to reduce your risk of complications is to choose an experienced, licensed, well-recommended dentist near you. Keep in mind that the vast majority of “veneer horror stories” are from patients who ordered do-it-yourself veneer kits online, or who traveled overseas to receive less expensive (and less regulated) treatment. Stay safe, do your research, and you should be able to get amazing, properly-applied South Park veneers that last (almost) a lifetime! 

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