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Can You Get Veneers During Pregnancy?

A pregnant girl points to her smile.

A beautiful smile can be a confidence boost to all women. Even though pregnancy can be a turbulent time, expectant mothers can still look their best. Modern medicine is equipped with the necessary tools to help you achieve these results. When it comes to restoring the aesthetics of a smile, we usually imply the use of veneers. Veneers help transform the smile, making it brighter, whiter and more attractive.

Let’s refer to a dentist with 25 years of experience to help us answer the following questions:

  • 1.

    Can you have veneers installed during pregnancy?

  • 2.

    What are the 5 factors to be considered with veneer installation during pregnancy?

  • 3.

    How do I take care of my veneers during pregnancy?

What are veneers?

In short, veneers are ceramic, zirconia, or composite onlays that are placed on the visible surface of the front teeth to hide their aesthetic flaws, and create the iconic Hollywood smile. This technique is considered one of the most popular among media personalities, actors, athletes, and everyday people.

How long do veneers last?

Take for example porcelain veneers, which last about 20 years on average. Composite veneers last about 3 to 5 years. Composite and porcelain veneers can be installed during pregnancy, taking into account the factors we will cover later in the article.

Composite or porcelain: which is better?

Can you have veneers installed during pregnancy?

Let’s have a look at general indications and contraindications for veneer installation.

Veneers are indicated in the following situations:

  • Mechanical defects on the teeth (chips, cracks, etc.)

  • Pigmented spots on the enamel

  • Fluorosis

  • Diastomas (gaps between teeth)

  • Mild malocclusion

  • Wear of the tooth enamel after braces or other orthodontic structures

Veneers are not indicated in the following situations:

  • Moderate to severe malocclusion

  • Absence of chewing teeth

  • Bruxism (nighttime grinding of teeth)

  • Absence of more than 50% of the tooth crown

  • Increased tooth wear.

Veneers are not recommended in case of these diseases and pathological conditions.

Five factors to consider before veneer installation during pregnancy

During pregnancy, the body of an expectant mother begins to undergo a serious change that affects the maxillofacial area. To understand when it will be safe for you and your baby to have veneers installed, we recommend taking into account 5 factors.

Which trimester?

The first trimester (12 weeks) is of utmost importance. At this stage, all the main processes related to fetal development are being established. For example, the placenta and organs of the embryo are formed. In the first 3 months of pregnancy, you should be extremely cautious when it comes to any medical treatment.

Why do dentists not recommend veneer installation in the first trimester of pregnancy?

A dramatic change in hormonal balance occurs in the body during the first trimester, and there may be a dramatic deficit of vitamins and minerals. This primarily affects the density of tooth enamel – it becomes weak and porous. During the preparation of incisors and canines for veneers, a woman may have an allergic reaction to the preparations or develop an inflammatory process in the future – such as gingivitis. In addition, veneers may simply not hold on to weakened teeth.

The second trimester (13 to 24 weeks) is considered to be the safest. The risk of pregnancy termination is reduced to a minimum due to a well-developed placenta, which reliably protects the baby.



In my practice, I have met patients who have asked whether veneers should be removed while carrying a child. I want to reassure you right away that it is not necessary. I recommend you visit a doctor regularly, and have scheduled professional oral hygiene.


Single stage implantation

A CT scan or dental X-ray is performed at the preparatory stage to find possible hidden defects. A CT scan is preferable. The dentist takes a high-precision 3D picture, which helps the dentist better assess the condition of the oral cavity.

If necessary, any pictures (spot, panoramic, 3D) of pregnant women are taken on modern, digital equipment, providing minimal radiation exposure. One scan should not affect the fetus’s development.

  1. Warn your doctor of the pregnancy and gestational age.
  2. If the procedure takes place during the first trimester, be sure to use a special apron that protects against radiation. It must cover the neck, chest, abdomen, and legs (down to the knees).
  3. The second and third trimesters are safe for X-ray use, there is no threat to the mother or the baby.

Is anesthesia dangerous?

A few facts about anesthesia:

  • 1.

    Anesthesia can be administered to pregnant women if it makes them feel more comfortable. Local anesthesia will prevent discomfort while the dentist prepares the teeth for veneer installation.

  • 2.

    There is no special anesthetic developed for pregnant women. Nevertheless, modern medicine aids in finding a safe compound for the expectant mother and her baby.

At Svetlana Dental & Esthetic Center, we use an anesthetic without epinephrine. The preparation and installment of veneers during pregnancy will be a comfortable experience!

Tooth and gum sensitivity

During pregnancy, a woman’s body significantly increases the need for calcium by 1.5 times. If there is not enough calcium, the fetus acquires the deficit from the bone tissue and hard tissues of the mother’s teeth. In this clinical situation, the remineralizing properties of saliva are reduced and tooth enamel is weakened. This leads to hyperaesthesia, i.e. hypersensitivity of the teeth.

These symptoms occur in about 30% of pregnant women.

Are you experiencing pain while brushing your teeth? The reason may be hormonal shifts in the body, reduced immunity, lack of vitamin C, or insufficient oral hygiene.

It is important to find an experienced dentist who will take into account all these nuances before veneer installation. The dentist needs to prepare the tooth enamel and remove plaque and calculus.

Our dentist, Dr. Svetlana Anokhina was selected to the “America’s Best Dentists” 2019-2021 directory!

Your comfort

We want you to feel comfortable at the dentist. Some are afraid of the sound of the drill or, in general, feel stressed when they sit in the dental chair. Some expectant mothers cannot lie on their backs for long periods of time. In this case, it is possible to postpone the placement of veneers during pregnancy to avoid experiencing negative emotions that can harm the fetus.


Experience proves that it is best to trust the doctor who will perform your treatment. Choose a specialist with an excellent reputation. Be sure to pay close attention to recommendations of family and friends, alongside real reviews on the web. Always choose someone with appropriate certificates and practical experience under their belt. Make an appointment for a consultation and address your concerns.

Ask yourself: Can the doctor explain the diagnosis clearly? Can they explain it simply and objectively orientate the pros and cons of different treatment options? Is communicating with them a pleasant experience?

How do you know if you can have veneers installed during pregnancy?

pregnant woman at the dentists office

Schedule an appointment for a consultation with your dentist! Only after examination, consultation, and diagnosis can they determine the possibility of veneer installation during pregnancy.

Even if you do not plan on undergoing orthopedic treatment, you still need regular dental checkups (every 2-3 months). It is important to address the health of your teeth, and whether they are at risk due to a lack of calcium.

How should you care for veneers during pregnancy?

Dental care during pregnancy is always necessary, whether you have veneers or not. Let’s list some positive habits recommended by dentists to have during pregnancy.

  • Brush your teeth with a medium-hard brush and toothpaste that does not contain abrasive ingredients

  • Use mouthwashes. It is helpful to have xylitol in your mouthwash. It prevents the growth of bacteria, reduces the risk of tooth decay, has an antifungal effect, and normalizes the acid-alkaline balance

  • Don’t forget to floss between your teeth.

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