If you have cracked, chipped, misaligned or discolored teeth, then dental porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution for you. They can provide you the renewed confidence that comes with a brand new smile.
Crafted from tooth-colored porcelain, dental veneers are thin shells designed to cover the front side of your tooth.
To find out if dental porcelain veneers are the right solution for you, you should complete a complimentary cosmetic consultation. Here, a cosmetic dentist will be able to walk you through the treatment options available to you and your individual smile goals and challenges.
But in the meantime, we’ve put together this list of pros and cons regarding dental porcelain veneers for you to consider before your consultation.
Advantages of Dental Porcelain Veneers
1. They Improve the Appearance of Your Smile
As we mentioned above, veneers are a great option for anyone with discolored, broken, misshapen or misaligned teeth. The porcelain covering hides these cosmetic issues, resulting in a picture-perfect, natural appearance for your smile.
2. They Are Less Invasive Than Crowns
When compared to getting a crown, dental veneers are a much less invasive procedure.
Crowns require far more grinding away at your natural tooth to get the proper shape. On top of being a conservative, minimally invasive procedure, veneers also provide a stronger bond than crowns.
3. They Are More Stain Resistant
Veneers are more resistant to stains when compared with a solution like resin composites. So if you aren’t looking to give up your cup of morning coffee, your veneers aren’t vulnerable to the permanent stains that can come with some of your bad habits.
Disadvantages of Dental Porcelain Veneers
1. They Are Permanent
Removal is not a practical after veneers have been bonded to your teeth. They are artificial teeth even though they look real. Once you commit, there is no changing your mind because they are a permanent procedure. With proper care, veneers can last for 16-20 years.
2. They Can Cause Tooth Sensitivity
After your procedure, you may feel tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. This happens because your tooth’s enamel will be slightly exposed before placing the veneer.
3. They Are Still Susceptible to Damage
Dental veneers are very durable – but that doesn’t mean they are indestructible. Veneers can potentially break, chip or even fall off if you consume hard foods or grind your teeth frequently. Similar to a filling, you will also need to take good care of your teeth, as veneers won’t protect you from tooth decay.
If you would like to see if dental porcelain veneers are truly the right solution for you, schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation with Dentistry at East Piedmont. Dr. Patel and Dr. Buxton take the time to understand your needs and concerns so they can provide you with all the information you need when finding the best treatment option.