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Are Veneers Safe For Sensitive Teeth?

June 25, 2024

Dental veneers are custom-made shells that cover the surface of teeth and can alter the teeth’ color, shape, size, or length to create a brighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile. Many people will consider veneers because they can help with various cosmetic dental issues without the need for complicated surgeries or long recovery times. However, veneers are not always suitable for every patient; if teeth are damaged, decayed, or misaligned, they may need other treatments first.

Those with sensitive teeth commonly worry about veneers exacerbating their sensitivity. Veneers sometimes contribute to tooth sensitivity, but often, it is only a temporary discomfort. Many different benefits of veneers usually outweigh the temporary tooth sensitivity that can help with your smile’s appearance and your everyday comfort.

Veneers For Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth can stem from other oral health issues, and treatments recommended by your dentist may be able to reduce existing sensitivity. However, dental veneers can offer some benefits to those struggling with teeth sensitivity. These benefits highlight how dental veneers can create a beautiful smile and provide long-term relief and protection for those with sensitive teeth.

Act As a Protective Layer

Veneers can initially cause temporary sensitivity, but once placed, they can act as protective barriers. They can shield the natural teeth from everyday wear and potentially reduce sensitivity over time. Unlike other teeth whitening procedures, which only improve the appearance of teeth, veneers provide an aesthetic improvement as well as protective benefits.

Reduce Dentin Exposure

Dentin is one of the main components of teeth, and when exposed, it can cause sensitivity or pain when coming into contact with hot, cold, sugary, or acidic substances. Veneers can shield the tooth and help alleviate discomfort for those who deal with teeth sensitivity.

Protect Tooth Structure

Compared to other dental procedures, veneers require minimal tooth reduction and can preserve most of the natural tooth structure. This helps maintain the tooth’s integrity and can reduce sensitivity over time.

Dental Veneers Procedure

  • Consultation: The initial appointment will involve an assessment of your oral health, your personal aesthetic goals, and if you are a suitable candidate for veneers.
  • Preparation: To prepare for veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the front surface of your teeth to create space for the veneers. This step may cause temporary tooth sensitivity, but it is essential for a proper fit.
  • Impression: An impression will be made by making custom-fit veneers at a dental laboratory.
  • Temporary Veneers: While your permanent veneers are being made, temporary veneers may be placed to protect your teeth and minimize sensitivity until your final veneers are ready. 
  • Bonding: Your dentist will carefully bond the veneers to your teeth, ensuring a comfortable fit and natural-looking appearance.
  • Follow-Up Care and Management: After placement, you should follow your dentist’s guidance on managing tooth sensitivity and maintaining your oral health. 

How To Manage Tooth Sensitivity After Veneers

Tooth sensitivity after having veneers placed is typically temporary. Many are concerned with the discomfort, but with these tips, you can alleviate your pain and fully enjoy your new smile:

  • Use a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes contain ingredients that help alleviate tooth pain.
  • Avoid eating or drinking extremely hot or cold foods or beverages that might trigger sensitivity.
  • Maintain a regular brushing and flossing habit to keep your teeth and gums healthy and minimize sensitivity. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush can help prevent further irritation.
  • Limit your intake of certain acidic foods and drinks like citrus fruits, tomatoes, or carbonated beverages.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups to catch any potential dental problems before they turn into more serious issues. If you continue to have teeth sensitivity, your dentist can recommend a treatment plan or give other advice to manage your pain.

Cosmetic Dentistry With Dr. Muzny

Veneers are an excellent solution for sensitive teeth, offering an aesthetic improvement and potential sensitivity reduction. Veneers can cover stains, fix chips or cracks, and correct imperfections, transforming your smile with lasting benefits. By understanding the veneer process and knowing how to help manage sensitivity, veneers’ aesthetic and confidence-boosting benefits may likely outweigh the temporary discomfort.

If you are looking to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Benders Landing, Woodforest, Spring, North Houston, or the Conroe/Montgomery area, the offices of Carrie Muzny D.D.S. offer cosmetic and restorative services, prevention, sedation dentistry, and oral surgery. We offer virtual consultations and in-person appointments at our office in The Woodlands.

Contact us today to schedule an online consultation or visit our office.

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