Some side effects you may experience after getting tooth veneers

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Dental veneers are a low-impact form of cosmetic dentistry that should not give you any discomfort or pain. However it is possible that they may leave you with some minor side effects. Here are some of the problems that you might encounter after having veneers fitted.

Sensitive teeth

In order to fit veneers to the teeth, it is necessary for your dentist to remove some of the enamel from the surface. This may leave you with some extra sensitivity in the tooth, particularly when eating or drinking something hot or cold. This sensitivity may go away in a few weeks.


It can be very difficult to fully match the veneers with the colour of the surrounding teeth. The final colour will depend on the bonding material and the colour of the tooth it is being fixed to, as well as the veneer itself. In addition, the veneer can become discoloured when it is being fitted, especially if there is too much moisture present when the dentist seals the veneers. Because of these issues, it may not be possible for the veneers to match the colour of the surrounding teeth.

Gum inflammation

There may be issues with the gums reacting to the new veneers. This may lead to inflammation or discomfort in the gums. This should go down as the gums get used to the new veneers.

Damage to veneers

Sometimes the veneers can become damaged because of bad habits on the part of the patient, such as grinding or clenching the teeth. This can cause the veneers to become chipped or cracked. They can also become damaged because of chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice, or they can become loosened and fall out altogether. If you are unable to stop yourself from such habits, you may not be a good candidate for veneers.

Problems with placement

Tooth veneers can become chipped or damaged because they have not been placed correctly in the mouth. They can also cause problems with flossing if they are rough-edged or overhanging, as the floss can catch on the edges of the veneers.

Most of these side effects are small and manageable, and should not put you off getting veneers. If you have any concerns, just talk to your dentist, who will ensure that you are getting the right treatment for you and will be happy to put your mind at rest


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Teeth And Tears: Dental Dramas Of A School Nurse

I have worked as a school nurse for decades. Children come to me with all sorts of scrapes and bumps and bruises. Black eyes from playing football, sprained wrists from falling off the monkey bars and stomachaches from too many sweets are common complaints. However, the issue that seems to cause the greatest angst is tooth problems. Sometimes a child will have a second tooth knocked out when playing sport and parents arrive in tears. At other times, children come to my office crying because their friends are teasing them about teeth that are discoloured or stick out. I take an active interest in the latest dental news so that I can give parents and children comfort and advice. I have included some of my collected wisdom on these pages. Perhaps this information can help you understand some options when faced with a dental problem. Thank you for reading.