Dental veneers are used as restoration tools to improve the appearance of the frontal teeth. Also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, they are wafer-thin tooth-colored shells custom-made to fit the frontal teeth. Bonding the shells to the front of the teeth restores the color, shape, size and also the length of the teeth. Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials and hence known by their alternative names.
Dental Veneers Pros Cons
Veneers are not permanently fitted to the teeth. They generally last between 5-10 years and need to be replaced. The best part about using dental veneers is that you do not need to follow any special routine. Good oral hygiene is enough to increase the longevity of dental veneers. Before you decide on dental veneers, it is advisable you know more about the pros and cons of using them. Let’s take a look.
Advantages of Dental Veneers
There are several advantages of using dental veneers and some of them are
- Dental veneers help to hide imperfections and provide a natural appearance.
- Dental veneers do not harm the gums. In fact, the gums can tolerate the external pressure created by the porcelain wall.
- Among the different types of dental veneers, porcelain veneers are considered the best as they are stain-resistant.
- Porcelain veneers are custom-made and hence you can select the color of the veneer. You can choose a shade that makes darker teeth appear white.
- Veneers have long-lasting impact on the tooth’s color and shape. You don’t need to undergo extensive pre-treatments as there are no prior shaping requirements.
- Dental veneers provide stronger, aesthetic alternatives to dental crowns.
- Disadvantages of Dental Veneers
Using dental veneers also has several downsides. Let’s take a look at a few of them –
- Once you use dental veneers, you cannot reverse the process.
- Veneers are expensive dental treatments and cost more than composite resin bonding.
- If by chance the veneers crack or chip, they cannot be repaired
- You can experience teeth sensitivity after applying dental veneer as the enamel gets removed and your teeth becomes sensitive to hot and cold<./li>
- Though veneers are custom-made, if by chance the color doesn’t match with the other teeth, they cannot be altered. Thus if you plan to whiten your teeth, do it before getting the veneers.
- There have been cases where veneers dislodge and fall off. But this is rare. Nevertheless you can minimize the risk by not biting your nails, chewing pencils, ice or putting excessive pressure on your teeth.
- Veneers do not help control decay. You can experience decay even with veneers. If this happens, you will need to cover the tooth with crown
- Veneer is not recommended for individuals with unhealthy teeth. If you have decaying teeth or active gum disease, do not go for dental veneers. Veneer is also not recommended for weakened teeth (which can be a result of fracture or large dental fillings). Also if you have inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface, do not go for veneer.
- Habits such as grinding the teeth, clenching harm the teeth, more so if you have porcelain veneers. These can cause the veneer to crack or chip.
The best advisor on dental veneers is obviously your experienced dentist. Though you may consider going for dental veneers, do not take any hasty decision as it may harm you more than help. Dental veneers are good but only when applied under supervision.