The Pros and Cons of Veneers

Almost anyone can benefit from veneers. You should depend on your dentist to discuss the value of veneers for your specific needs.

Cosmetic Dentistry“In general, veneers provide excellent reasons to create a new smile,” says Dr. Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dental office. “The best reasons to get veneers is that they provide a natural look and you can use them like you use your original teeth—sometimes you get better use because they are now aligned correctly,” Dr. Ford adds.

Gum tissue also tolerates porcelain veneers well, and normal care will keep your gums from receeding away from veneers.

Porcelain veneers are now more stain resistant than ever, and while you shouldn’t abuse them, thoughtful care will keep your smile white for many years to come.

Your veneers can be white and clean looking, brighter than our own teeth. That’s a big advantage over bonding, which matches the color of your teeth.

WebMD says that “Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.”

There are some downsides to veneers, and you should discuss them with your dentist if you (or your dentist) has any concerns about the success of placing them.

Placing veneers is a process that is not reversible. A very small portion of enamel is removed from the surface of your teeth, and the tooth needs to be kept covered.

Veneers, once chipped or broken, can’t be repaired. They will need to be replaced.

The color of your veneer can’t be changed once it is on your teeth. If your teeth are dark, have them whitened before your veneers are placed. Veneers are not completely opaque, so the color of your natural teeth may affect the final color.

If you have a lot of dental work, grind or clench your teeth, you may not be a candidate for successful veneers.

Creating a lasting smile is a team effort between you and your dentist. Your dentist has the expertise to help you get the look and lasting oral health you want. Have frank discussions with your dentist for the best results.

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