Pros and Cons of Veneers
Pros and Cons of Veneers
Veneers are among the most expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures, so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully when considering them.
Advantages of veneers:
Because veneers are made of material that mimics natural teeth and are individually shaped for each patient, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between veneers and natural teeth.
Unlike other cosmetic options, porcelain veneers won’t be stained by cigarette smoke, coffee, tea, and red wine.
The color of veneers can be selected from many whiteness shades. But you may want to resist the temptation to choose the lightest shade, cautions Harms. “Blinding-white veneers often don’t look natural,” she says.
For healthy teeth, veneers can be a good substitute for crowns (also called caps), which require removal of more of your natural tooth structure.
Disadvantages of veneers:
Depending on where you live, veneers can cost $1,000 to $2,500 per tooth, and they’re rarely covered by insurance. To save money, you can opt to have veneers placed only on the teeth that show when you smile. Your dentist can then bleach the rest. “I just did six veneers for a patient yesterday,” says Harms. “Many of my patients choose to get veneers only on the top 6 to 10 teeth.”
After veneers are applied, your teeth may be more sensitive since some of the protective enamel is removed.
Also, keep in mind that once the teeth are prepared for veneers, the process cannot be reversed.
Are Veneers Right for You?
If you have gaps between your teeth, veneers can be a good alternative to braces. Veneers can also conceal chipping, cracks, or uneven teeth. In addition, veneers are perfect for teeth that don’t respond to whitening.
“Some people have dark stains that don’t bleach well, but a veneer will cover the stain,” explains Harms.
Veneers are not appropriate for teeth that have been weakened by decay, fractures, or large fillings, however. You may need crowns instead if your teeth are significantly weakened, or if you have missing teeth.
People who clench their jaws and grind their teeth are also poor candidates for veneers since this can cause veneers to crack or chip.
Maintaining Your Veneers
With proper care, veneers can last 10 years or longer. But because veneers are so thin, they can break or even fall off if abused. To minimize the chance of this happening, avoid biting your nails and chewing on pencils, ice, and other hard objects. Brushing and flossing won’t harm them, however.
In addition, it’s important to practice good dental hygiene because teeth with veneers can still become decayed, possibly making it necessary to totally cover the tooth with a crown. Regular dental checkups will also help ensure that your veneers stay strong and flawless-looking.
With proper care of your veneers and good dental health habits, you can enjoy a superstar smile for years to