July 30, 2021 by Dr. Abhi Singh

Side Effects & Risk of Veneers: What You Need To Know

Nowadays, people want to look their best. It doesn’t matter if it’s for work or play; everyone wants a little bit of help in the beauty department. One way to get that is by using dental veneers.

Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry technique used to improve the appearance of teeth. Dentists often recommend that their patients wear dental veneers to protect the teeth from further damage and fix their teeth to cover up those imperfections. They can be used to improve discoloured, worn down, chipped, or broken teeth, slightly misaligned, uneven or misshapen teeth, and gaps between teeth.

You could either have porcelain or composite veneers, depending on your needs and financial capability.

However, there are risks and side effects associated with any medical procedure that one should consider before deciding. Read on to find out more about what you should know before going ahead with this treatment.

Disadvantages and Risk of Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to improve your smile and make you feel more confident. Porcelain is a sturdy, durable material used in place of natural teeth for cosmetic purposes or restorations. This procedure usually requires some tooth enamel removed which means the process cannot be reversed once it’s done but will last forever.

Like any other dental procedure, porcelain veneers present some risks that must be weighed carefully. Since these restorations are permanent, it is essential to know the benefits and disadvantages before making a final decision.

Common side effects of getting veneers are not life-threatening. Sometimes, you only need pain medication to relieve the discomfort unless it lasts for a long while.

Tooth Sensitivity

The dentist typically takes off a layer of the enamel to apply veneers. It may cause teeth to be slightly sensitive when eating hot or cold food and beverages after placement.

Moreover, slight tooth sensitivity is expected during the first three weeks after getting a dental veneer. If this sensitivity lasts longer than 3 to 6 months, it may be something serious. It’s possible that during a procedure, the nerve in a natural tooth got inflamed, causing an infection. Contact your dental professional for medical attention if troubles last too long.

Irregularities in Colour

While there’s a chance for the newly-placed veneer to be mismatched, it is rare. The colour of the traditional veneers may be slightly different from the adjacent teeth. There’s a possibility that discolouration will appear along the edges. Therefore, if teeth whitening is the leading cosmetic reason for the treatment, it should always be discussed before the cosmetic dentist attaches the temporary veneers.

Though veneers are stain-resistant, the cement used in the bond may over time change colour or appear discoloured. To maintain a white and bright smile, apply a fresh coat of dental cement on the real tooth surface once your veneers are replaced.

Gum Tissues Might Take Time to Adjust.

The natural gum tissues might take some time to adjust to newly placed veneers. There will likely be some minor inflammation and discomfort in the gums following their installation. These discomforts should lessen over time, and the dentist will check any signs of gum swelling on your follow-up appointment. However, it is recommended that you speak to your dental practitioner if discomfort in the mouth persists for more than a few days.  

Discomfort

Although the dental veneer placement procedure is primarily painless, some individuals may experience discomfort. The discomfort should be minimal but if this is a concern for you, discuss the possibility of taking over-the-counter medication with your dentist ahead of time.

A Higher Risk of Trauma

Those who have veneered teeth usually experience an elevated level of sensitivity. The procedure requires the removal of some tooth enamel to accommodate the veneer. In turn, this compromises the sensitivity level. It is even possible for the pulp within the tooth to die. In some cases, having dental crowns might be a better solution than dealing with sensitivity and potential harm to the pulp.

Learn More: What Dental Problems Do Veneers Fix?

Are Veneers Worth It?

If you are unhappy with your smile and you wish you have a perfect and beautiful smile, then dental veneers may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. There are many ways to get a white, shiny smile like those celebrities on TV. However, people often turn to porcelain veneers to achieve bright, healthy-looking teeth. 

Permanent veneers provide a long-lasting, excellent investment for your dental care. They make people feel confident about their smiles and are an incredible value to boot. Investing in them usually comes with an up-front cost, but they end up saving time and money on the back end. This dental treatment is more convenient if you have minor imperfections. It eliminates the need for multiple visits to the dental office for different treatments.  Also, cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers require no special care. Still, you should continue good oral hygiene practices like brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash.

Suppose you are worried about the treatment process. In that case, the majority of patients feel little to no pain or discomfort after having their veneers put on. It is because the procedure only removes a thin layer of enamel and is minimally invasive.

Learn More: Why Do People Get Veneers?

Final Thoughts

Taking care of your teeth is critical to maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Your teeth are one of the first things people notice about you, and a perfect smile can make a huge difference when it comes to self-confidence.

We hope this article has been informative and helpful in your search to find out more about veneers. Veneers are an investment and create a big dent in your wallet, so be aware of the few risks and side effects associated with them. Therefore, it’s essential to weigh these against the benefits before making your decision since it is irreversible. 

Suppose you’ve decided that they are for you. In that case, we encourage you to call us today to schedule a consultation with our health care team, who have extensive experience working on different dental issues. In addition, if you want to learn more or ask any other questions before making your appointment, feel free to contact us anytime.

AboutDr. Abhi Singh
Dr Abhi is a member of the Australian Dental Association and loves living and working in our community. He has over a decade of experience in all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in implants, wisdom teeth removal and cosmetic dentistry.