Are you suffering from broken, chipped, cracked, seriously stained, discolored, or misaligned teeth? If so, then dental veneers may be the right solution for you.
Dental veneers are very thin layers that are used to cover the front surface of the teeth. Most dental veneers are made from tooth-colored porcelain. The associated dental veneers treatment is a popular cosmetic dentistry solution that gives you confidence with a renewed smile.
Considering Dental Veneers and Their Benefits:
The Affordable Way of Improving the Appearance of Your Smile
If you have cracked, broken, misaligned, or discolored teeth, there are many different dental treatments that you can undergo to fix your teeth and regain your desired self-confidence. Although most of your options are expensive, dental veneers are a great affordable treatment option for your discolored, cracked, misaligned or misshapen teeth. Affordable veneers hide all of these dental problems and give you a natural smile with perfect teeth.
Dental Veneers Are Less Invasive Than Dental Crowns
With dental veneers, your natural teeth are filed down to allow room for veneer placement. Unlike dental veneers, dental crowns involve filing down a large part of the natural teeth in preparation for a dental crowns’ procedure. Dental veneers are far less invasive and require the removal of a small part of the tooth enamel. More improved versions of the dental veneers like Lumineer® do not require any teeth preparation. Affordable veneers are not only less invasive, but they also provide a stronger dental bond than dental crowns.
Dental Veneers Are More Stain Resistant
When compared to other dental treatments like the composite resin, dental veneers are more resistant to stains. Moreover, veneers aren’t susceptible to permanent discoloration and staining that comes with drinking tea, coffee, or smoking tobacco.
Despite the benefits of dental veneers, you should also weigh the disadvantages of dental veneers. Considering both the benefits and disadvantages of veneers helps determine whether or not dental veneers are really your best smile improvement option.
The Disadvantages of Veneers:
- Dental veneer procedures are irreversible and permanent. Once your dentist bonds the dental veneers to your teeth, removing the veneer is not a practical option. Since a dental veneer procedure requires taking away part of the tooth enamel, that missing part remains a noticeable issue when removing your dental veneer. Because the dental veneer must remain on the tooth to avoid exposure, you do not have the luxury of changing your mind post procedure. If it chips or falls off, it must also be replaced as soon as possible. Of course, dental veneers can last for between 16 to 20 years with good and proper oral care.
- Dental veneers procedures are more expensive than dental bonding.
- Once the dental veneer breaks or cracks, it is irreparable, it must be replaced.
- Since dental veneers procedure requires removing a part of the tooth enamel, teeth often become temperature sensitive from food and drinks.
- Sometimes, the shade of the dental veneer may not perfectly match the shade of the other teeth.
- The dental veneer cannot be altered once placed, so any and all alterations must be addressed before the veneer placement.
- On rare occasions, the veneers may fall off or dislodge. As a preventive measure, avoid biting on ice, pencils, nails, or on any other hard objects. Moreover, do not exert excessive pressure on your teeth after receiving veneers. Despite their strength and durability, you can potentially ruin veneers with cracks, chips, and breaks by grinding or biting hard objects. It is also very important to follow regular oral care practices to maintain your dental veneers as veneers alone do not prevent tooth decay.
- Dental veneers are not a good dental option for patients with unhealthy or weakened teeth, teeth with dental fillings or decay, or conditions like periodontal disease.
- Dental veneers may not be a good option for patients with insufficient tooth enamel.
- Patients suffering from Bruxism are not eligible for dental veneers because clenching or grinding the teeth leads to chips and cracks in the dental veneers.
- Dental veneer procedure is invasive to the tooth enamel compared with a dental bonding procedure. A veneer procedure requires tooth preparation involving tooth reduction – removing about 0.3mm off the tooth enamel. This practice makes the dental veneer a permanent procedure. More so, it makes the tooth to become unnecessarily sensitive. However, Lumineer®, an improved version of dental veneer does not require any teeth preparation.
- Though veneers symbolize durability as the solution to treat broken or chipped teeth, they are not as strong as tooth enamel. This means that anything strong enough to break or chip the natural tooth can also break or chip the dental veneers. As a form of prevention, a mouth guard helps protect your investment.
Depending on how you weigh the benefits and disadvantages, dental veneers can be a great investment. Schedule an appointment with any of our dentists today for a free consultation and find out if dental veneers are the right option for your dental condition.
During the free consultation, we will discuss all of the available dental treatment options for you based on your dental challenges and goals. We will also provide you with all of the information needed to choose the best dental treatment.
If you would like to know whether a dental veneer is actually the right solution for your dental case, visit us at Dentist Tomball TX today.