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Veneers and Tooth Sensitivity: What You Need to Know

A beautiful smile can work wonders for your confidence and overall appearance! Many people turn to cosmetic dentistry to enhance their smiles, and one of the most popular options is veneers. While veneers can provide stunning results, some patients can experience tooth sensitivity after the procedure. But what causes tooth sensitivity after the veneers procedure, and should temporary veneers cause pain? In this article, we’ll explore the common concerns surrounding sensitive teeth after veneers and examine why this can sometimes occur.

Tooth sensitivity after Veneers

When designing veneers it is important to be as minimally invasive as possible to protect the natural teeth. This approach will minimise any risks of sensitivity along with trusted workflows and desensitising agents. If the teeth have been over prepared there is a higher chance that you will experience tooth sensitivity.

If the teeth have been treated with minimal preparation or no preparation at all, patients will enjoy the cosmetic benefits of veneers without any issues.

Why are teeth sensitive after Veneers?

Teeth should not be sensitive after having veneer treatment. If you do however experience sensitivity it may be because of one of the below reasons.

Removal of enamel: Occasionally, a thin layer of enamel is removed from the teeth receiving veneers. While this process is minimal, it can expose the dentin layer, leading to sensitivity.

You should be aware that a considerable amount of enamel should NOT be removed – at Bespoke Smile, we specialise in ultra-thin and no-prep veneers, and if you’re considering a dentist who is advising considerable enamel removal, this is not necessary.

Bonding process: During the bonding process it is important that the cement is used to create a seal between the teeth and the veneer. If the veneer is not fully sealed to the tooth it can also lead to sensitivity. At Bespoke Smile we follow a predictable multi-unit veneer fitting process, which includes adding a desensitising agent to the teeth as well as ensuring the veneers are fully seated and sealed to the teeth.

Should Veneers make teeth sensitive?

Veneers should not cause tooth sensitivity. The veneer placement procedure itself can sometimes irritate the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue around the teeth which will settle after a couple of days.

If you are concerned about tooth sensitivity after getting veneers, you can arrange a free consultation to find out how we can help you.

Does getting Veneers hurt?

The procedure of getting veneers is generally considered painless due to the use of local anaesthesia. Patients usually find keeping their mouth open during the treatment a little tiring on the jaw but this is usually manageable. It’s essential to communicate openly with your cosmetic dentist if you are experiencing discomfort so that they can make adjustments as needed!

Teeth after Veneers:

As your teeth adjust to the presence of the veneers, maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is essential – using a fluoride toothpaste and clean between the veneers with floss or interdental brushes, and attending follow-up appointments with your dentist.

So, while tooth sensitivity after veneers can be avoided using the correct techniques and workflows it is important to remember it is possible. Having minimally invasive treatment is the best way to prevent sensitivity after veneer treatment. Open communication with your dentist, proper post-procedure care, and patience are key elements in ensuring a successful and comfortable experience with veneers.

Are you considering veneers? Or maybe you’ve found yourself dissatisfied with veneers done by a previous dentist? We understand your frustration! Your smile should be a source of confidence and joy, and we’re here to make sure it is!

Choosing veneers, whether new or replacements, can be a game-changer. Whether it’s an issue of aesthetics, durability, or discomfort, our experienced cosmetic dentistry team, led by Dr. Sam Jethwa, is here to guide you through the process! Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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