Posted on 8/30/2017 by Dr Jonathan Ford
Part of the process of getting dental veneers is trimming the teeth that will receive the veneers. Your dentist is only going to trim a slight bit off of the face of your tooth. This helps the veneer fit on snugly, and allows you to have a more seamless appearance when the veneers are placed. However, this is a concern for a lot of people considering getting veneers. They wonder if the process of trimming off a bit of the enamel is going to be painful. The answer is, for most people, no.
How Dentists Make Trimming Easier
The process is often painless for most people. However, many dentists put a bit of numbing agent on the teeth to be trimmed as a precaution. They are only taking a slight bit off of your tooth. It is a permanent change to the tooth, which is what makes nearly all applications of veneers permanent and will require new ones to be put on when these ones wear off. However, it is still a small amount of enamel.
Dental veneers are rarely even as thick as two pieces of construction paper. They are incredibly thin. This means that they only need a bit of space to call home. Your dentist will explain the entire procedure to you, and get your thoughts on if you want to have any type of anesthesia to keep any discomfort at bay, or if there is no real need.
Your dentist is going to be the best possible resource when it comes to deciding if the process will be painful for you or not. You have a relationship with them, and they have seen how you react to other procedures. If you are one that doesn’t like any discomfort in your mouth, your dentist will know how to help and proceed.
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