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    New Veneer Pain and Discomfort: I have recently placed 4 porcelain veneers on my front teeth and they feel very uncomfortable.

    It has been 3 weeks now and yet I am not used to them. I feel they are thick and also there are tiny spaces between each. They feel very funny when the air pass through them.

    Shouldn't all the spaces be closed with veneers? And how long does it take before I get used to them? I also feel pressure on my teeth and I feel discomfort and pain at the end of the day. What's wrong? ...Visitor from CA

    Answer:
    After reading your e-mail, several questions come to mind. But, I will try to answer your question the best that I can with the information that you provided.

    If you have pain, then something is wrong ... particularly if you did not have pain before the veneers were placed.

    What was the purpose of the veneers? Were you trying to close spaces? Was there any grinding on your natural teeth?

    Usually, veneers are easy to get used to wearing. Most patients adapt quickly. If you have gone for weeks and are still not comfortable, it is possible that the veneers are not within your adaptive zone. They may need to be changed or reshaped.

    Appearance of the porcelain should not be bulky. The veneers should blend in naturally with your other teeth.

    My suggestion is to go back to your dentist and discuss your problems and listen to the options. You can also get another opinion if you are not satisfied with the explanation from you dentist. Most dentists are very happy to help you with all of the issues that you are mentioning.

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