Veneers Consultation: What to Ask Your Dentist


A woman chooses the color of veneers in her consultation at Avila Dental.

Veneers are a quicker-fixer-upper for repairing minor cracks, chips, discoloration, and other imperfections.

However, not everyone qualifies for this cosmetic dental treatment, and you may wonder if the investment is worth it or how long they last, among other concerns.

Before you decide, our expertsThis link leads to Team page at Avila DentalThis link leads to Home page have some facts and advice to help you better prepare for your veneer consultation.

Does the procedure hurt?


A female patient give her dentist a thumbs up during her Avila Dental veneers consultation.

One concern that keeps people away from the dentist is the possibility of pain, even if it’s for a cosmetic dental procedureThis link leads to Cosmetic Dentistry page they want.

At Avila Dental, we can speak from experience that most people don’t experience any discomfort when they get veneers.

In preparation for the veneers, your dentist shaves a thin layer of surface tooth enamel before applying these dental covers.

You won’t feel it because there are no nerve endings in this area of the tooth.

However, if that tooth is known for sensitivity, please let us know so we can numb the area surrounding the tooth before completing the procedure.

How long will it take to get veneers?

Typically, veneers are a multi-visit procedure.

On the first appointment, you’ll have your veneers consultation, which allows a practitioner to take measurements, prepare the teeth, and take impressions to send to the lab.

You’ll return to the office once the lab sends them back.

During this visit, a dentist will adhere the tooth covers to your teeth.

This appointment is also when the dentist will shape and polish the veneers, ensuring they blend in with your other teeth and look natural.

How do I keep my veneers clean?

Extend the life of your veneers by caring for them properly.

While you’ll receive care recommendations at your visit, we’d like to go over a few tips so you know what to expect if you opt for this cosmetic dentistry treatment.

For one, don’t consume tobacco products. These stain your natural teeth and veneers.

Secondly, brush at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive, whitening toothpaste. Floss once daily as well.

Even though the veneers cover your natural teeth, we recommend professional dental cleanings every six months for complete oral health.

Though porcelain veneersThis link leads to Porcelain Veneers page are highly stain resistant, we recommend limiting the amount of staining foods and beverages you consume.

Who is considered a good candidate for veneers?

We’ll determine if you qualify for this cosmetic procedure at your veneers consultation.

The ideal candidate for veneers has the following:

  • Good oral health
  • Good oral hygiene
  • A solid layer of dental enamel
  • No grinding or clenching habits (or a well-managed one)
  • Tooth issues, like small gaps, discoloration, or minor chips

Are there disadvantages to getting these restorations?

As with any cosmetic procedure, veneers have drawbacks.

For one, most types require a dentist to take a small portion of your enamel, which won’t regenerate.

As a result, you’ll need to replace the veneers once they wear out.

You can only correct superficial dental problems with them. It depends on the extent of the issue whether veneers can repair them.

Once you have veneers, they can increase your teeth’s sensitivity to cold or warmth.

What will eating be like?

You eat with veneers just as you would your teeth.

Ideally, though, you should steer clear of hard foods, including biting ice, to protect the thin tooth covers.

Cutting up meat and other foods into bite-sized pieces can also prevent damage to your veneers when eating.

How long do veneers last?

The lifetime of veneer treatment depends on the variety. Porcelain veneers, for example, last 15 to 20 years, whereas composite resin ones only last between five and seven years.

Getting dental veneers can renew your smile and self-esteem

A whiter, more balanced, flawless smile can lead to better opportunities for you, such as a promotion or a job with a more reputable company.

You can find that special someone or make new friends more easily when you can smile without inhibitions.

Fortunately, all this is possible with Avila Dental and your initial veneers consultation!

Ready to fix up your smile? Call or send a message for an appointment today!


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