Pros and cons of Veneers

Pros & Cons of Dental Veneers

Veneers mask aesthetic imperfections and improve the overall cosmetic appearance of the teeth. Read on to find out if veneers are the right cosmetic solution for you!

Veneers are layers of porcelain in the form of tooth-colored covers that we bond to the teeth to mask aesthetic imperfections and improve the overall cosmetic appearance of the teeth. They can be used to cover issues like discoloration, chips & cracks, small gaps, slightly crooked teeth, or to alter the shape, size, and length of the teeth. 

Read on in this blog from The Ivory Dental Co. to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers and how to know if they’re right for you.

Pros of Veneers

If you want to transform your smile in a way that will last for the long term, then veneers are much more suitable than other cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening or dental bonding. This is because these treatments are temporary and only last for a small amount of time. 

Veneers last for up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. They’re perfectly safe and don’t cause damage to your teeth because when the porcelain veneer is bonded to your filed-down tooth, it replaces the shaven portion of your enamel and restores strength to your tooth.

Veneers are made of porcelain materials that are highly aesthetic and look very natural. They’ll improve your smile without noticeably looking artificial. They blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth and are stain-resistant. Best of all, veneers are low maintenance and you clean them just like you would your natural teeth.

Cons of Veneers

Getting veneers is permanent because to prepare your teeth for the placement of veneers, we need to remove .5 mm of your natural tooth enamel. This is an irreversible procedure, as your enamel will never come back and you will need to cover your thin enamel for the rest of your life with veneers. 

Veneers are also quite costly and are not covered by dental insurance. They can cost you up to $1000 to $2000 per tooth for high-quality veneer placement. While porcelain is highly aesthetic and stain-resistant, it is also prone to chipping and cracking. 

You will need to be careful about wear and tear on your veneers and even though porcelain is stain-resistant, you can still get a buildup of stains if you constantly consume staining foods and drinks or smoke. If your veneers become damaged or cracked, they cannot be repaired. We will need to remove the veneer and replace it entirely which can be costly.

Who Is a Candidate?

Someone who is in overall good oral health but is dissatisfied with the cosmetic appearance of their teeth is a good candidate for dental veneers. As long as there is no severe damage or orthodontic issues, veneers can drastically improve the smile and make you look younger. 

It’s also important to have healthy tooth enamel because filing .5 mm of the enamel from thin or eroded enamel to bond the veneers can cause severe damage and put you at risk for oral health problems.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

Wondering if veneers are right for you? Contact us at The Ivory Dental Co. today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bridget Sweeney and we can determine if you’re a suitable candidate.