If you have chipped, short, uneven, misaligned, gapped or stained teeth, you may be considering cosmetic dentistry options that offer a natural result, such as dental veneers.
Fabricated from tooth-coloured porcelain, dental veneers are thin shells that cover the front of your tooth. Porcelain veneers are a popular dentistry solution that can instantly makeover your smile and renew your confidence.
Veneers Pros and Cons
When considering a cosmetic dentistry treatment, it is important to check the pros and cons, or else weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each option. Our guide to veneers pros and cons can help you determine if they are the right solution for your smile.
Pros of Dental Veneers: Brighten your smile
Highly pigmented food and drinks, smoking and even some medicines can take a toll on your pearly whites, leaving them with a brown or yellow tint. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, so you don’t need to worry about discolouration if you avoid products that stain your teeth.
Pros of Dental Veneers: They replace damaged enamel
Dental veneers are a great solution for replacing enamel worn away from acidic foods and drinks or overzealous brushing.
Pros of Dental Veneers: They fix minor cosmetic issues
Dental veneers can mask several minor dental imperfections simultaneously. While it doesn’t change the position of your teeth, a dental veneer can disguise minor orthodontic issues like gaps or slightly crooked teeth.
Pros of Dental Veneers: They give you an even smile
Applying porcelain veneers to your social six or eight front teeth can dramatically enhance your smile. Because your dentist is covering the front surface of your teeth, not only will your smile look whiter, but it will also appear even.
Pros of Dental Veneers: They don’t require special maintenance
Dental veneers don’t require any special dental tools or products for daily maintenance. You simply brush and floss as normal.
Cons of Dental Veneers: They are irreversible
Because your dentist has to shave a small amount of enamel from the front surface of your tooth, porcelain veneers are a permanent cosmetic dentistry treatment.
With a good at-home oral health regimen and regular dental visits, dental veneers can last up to 20 years but eventually need to be replaced.
Cons of Dental Veneers: They cause tooth sensitivity
Your tooth’s enamel is exposed before the porcelain veneers are placed, so you may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids for a few days following the procedure.
Cons of Dental Veneers: They are susceptible to damage
Like your natural teeth, porcelain veneers are susceptible to chipping or breaking if you consume hard foods, grind your teeth, bite your fingernails, chew on ice or tear open packaging using your teeth.
Cons of Dental Veneers: They cannot repair damaged teeth
Dental veneers are purely cosmetic, so they are unsuitable for treating cavities, broken or fractured teeth, or replacing missing teeth.
Cons of Dental Veneers: They cannot be professionally whitened
Dental veneers cannot be whitened using bleaching agents like hydrogen or carbamide peroxide like crowns, composite fillings, and bridges. It is vital to maintain a proper brushing and flossing routine and visit your dentist regularly for a professional hygiene cleaning to minimise staining.
Find Out if You are a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers
We will discuss your smile goals during your consultation and walk you through your available treatment options, including the veneers pros and cons. The veneers’ cost may well be worth it, if it can bring back your happy smile!
Schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation to discover how porcelain veneers can improve your smile and boost your self-esteem.
Call the Bright Dental Group on (02) 4708 9691 today to book an appointment.