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Fact Or Fiction: Are Porcelain Veneers Painful To Get?

9 Feb 2022

Does it hurt to get dental veneers? Absolutely not! However, depending on the type of veneer you’re getting and the experience of your provider, it’s not uncommon to feel some mild to moderate tooth sensitivity during the process. Here’s what to know to minimise any tooth irritation during your smile makeover:

Work with an Experienced Team

At Smile Concepts, Dr Manish and Kinnar Shah each have over a decade of experience in cosmetic dentistry. On top of that, our practice is one of the first in Australia to be highly rated, offering exceptional care and expanded aesthetic options for our clients. And of course, by choosing a team of providers with experience in dental veneers, you can ensure a more efficient and comfortable care process.

Discuss Comfort Options on veneers

First of all, before any dental treatment begins, your teeth will be thoroughly numbed. Even before applying the local anaesthetic numbing agent, a desensitising gel is used. You shouldn’t feel much of anything at all, aside from a small amount of pressure during your preparation appointment. In fact, numbing may not even be required for the final stage of dental veneer installation.


Meanwhile, the better you communicate with us throughout your care, the more comfortable we’ll be able to help you feel. Please be sure to make us aware of any past experiences or situations that may trigger issues like tooth sensitivity or dental anxiety.

Care for Your Temporary veneers Properly

The biggest chance for tooth sensitivity with dental veneers is while you’re waiting on the permanent ones to be crafted in the lab. In the meantime, you’ll wear a set of temporary dental veneers over your prepped teeth. Since a thin layer of enamel was reduced, there is a chance that the teeth can be more sensitive than normal. 

Especially when it comes to varying temperatures of food or outdoor weather. By taking care of your temporary veneers, you can reduce the chance of irritating the prepped tooth underneath.

Sensitivity Toothpaste Can Help

Throughout your smile makeover, it can be helpful to use a toothpaste that’s specifically formulated for sensitive teeth. 

These blends tend to work best after about two weeks of daily use, so begin incorporating them into your routine at least 14 days before your dental veneer appointment. For best results, continue using the sensitivity toothpaste for at least a few weeks after the final veneers are placed.

Request Sleep Dentistry (Sedation)

Would you prefer to sleep through the entire dental appointment? Smile Concepts offers in-house sleep dentistry options for maximum comfort. If you’re someone who gets a little squeamish going to the dentist, sitting for a long period of time, or has a sensitive gag reflex, then sleep dentistry is an excellent way to maximise your comfort.

Your Comfort is Our Priority

At Smile Concepts, we strive to treat each of our clients the same way we would want our own smiles to be cared for.  You’ll always be heard, attended to, and made to feel as comfortable as possible.

Contact our office in Sydney today to reserve a one-on-one smile makeover consultation.

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Dr Manish Shah

Dr. Manish Shah is a cosmetic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign in Sydney. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.