Dental veneers are a quick and easy way to permanently improve a smile. Veneers are a cover that goes on the front of your teeth, and they are often made of wafer-thin porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made for each person, so veneers are undetectable, blending in with the form, size, and color of the natural teeth. Dental veneers can help camouflage chips, discoloration, and other imperfections.
Pros of Dental Veneers
Getting dental veneers is a major decision that should be really carefully considered. As with every big investment, there are pros and cons. Here are some pros:
The Most Natural Appearance
The light reflecting qualities of porcelain are very similar to that of tooth enamel. With composite resin, your dentist molds and shapes the veneer so it matches your natural teeth perfectly. When veneers are made by a highly experienced cosmetic dentist, they look exactly like real teeth. You can see an example of that from Dr. Tejas Patel on his tiktok account of over 2.5M followers https://www.tiktok.com/@drtejaspatel
Porcelain veneers resist staining more than natural teeth. If you consume coffee, tea, or other staining foods and beverages, veneers will help keep your smile white and bright.
Strong and Durable
Though they are mostly a cosmetic solution, dental veneers are strong enough to provide support to slightly damaged teeth. Porcelain veneers can be an alternative to a dental crown and are durable enough to last for decades. Most dentists recommend replacing veneers roughly every 15 years.
The Cons of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are an amazing option for dental restoration, but there are a few downsides. Here are the cons:
While the permanence of veneers may be appealing to some, others may be put off by the fact that veneers are not reversible. Once the enamel has been removed from your teeth, it cannot be put back. Procedures like teeth whitening need to be repeated over time, but they do not make any permanent changes to your teeth.
Increased Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth enamel helps protect the nerves in your teeth from extreme hot and cold sensation. Because dental veneer application requires some enamel be removed, you may find your teeth are temporarily more sensitive afterward.
Less Effective for Badly Damaged Teeth
Dental veneers are an excellent option for restoring minimally damaged teeth. However, they will not be a good solution if your teeth have a lot of structural damage. Your dentist may recommend an alternative treatment, like a dental crown to fit over the entire tooth.
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