Veneers are a viable option for restoring a smile dimmed by chips, cracks, and discoloration. Like most things in life, however, there are a variety of misconceptions about this cosmetic dentistry option that may keep people from taking advantage of it. Here's the lowdown on two myths about veneers to help you make the best treatment decision for your teeth.

Myth #1 - The Dentist Must File Down Your Teeth

One common myth about veneers is that the dentist has to file your teeth down to nubs to complete the procedure. This belief is often paired with another myth that you will suffer long-term pain and sensitivity as a result. While there is a modicum of truth in these statements, they are largely false.

It's true the dentist may remove some of the enamel on the teeth to be covered by the veneers. However, he or she will shave off the least amount needed to prevent the veneers from looking bulky when applied to your teeth. Modern veneers are made from very thin materials, so only a tiny bit of reshaping of the original teeth is typically necessary.

Likewise, you may experience some discomfort and sensitivity while wearing the temporary veneers the dentist puts on when waiting for your permanent ones to be made. However, once the permanent veneers are affixed to the treated teeth, the sensitivity will go away.

Myth #2 – Veneers Are Only for Looks

It's true that veneers are used primarily to improve the look of teeth, and the most common area where they're placed is the front teeth. However, this dental procedure can be to improve the form and function of the entire mouth. It's not unusual for dentists to use veneers to rebuild damaged molars, which may make it easier to chew food.

Another popular way veneers are used is to increase the vertical space in the mouth that was lost due to teeth wearing down from time or teeth grinding. This, in turn, in improve your facial profile and slow down the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by the loss of vertical height.

In some cases, veneers can even be used to give people a unique look. For instance, some hardcore cosplayers or those who love the vampire look can get veneers that are subtly shaped into fangs to complement their undead aesthetic.

For more information about these and other myths about veneers, contact a cosmetic dentist like Tore D Steinberg DDS PC.