What Exactly are Veneers and are They Right for Me?
When you have teeth with noticeable stains or other flaws, you don’t necessarily have to resort to getting dental crowns to cover them up. Dental veneers provide an alternative form of treatment for cosmetic flaws. Learn more about them to see if they might be a good option for you.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin coverings or shells made of porcelain or composite resin. These coverings go on your teeth in order to improve their appearance and hide cosmetic flaws. Having dental veneers placed on your teeth is a relatively simple procedure compared to other types of treatments, such as dental crowns.
Reasons to Consider Veneers
If you have teeth that have stains or discolorations, teeth that have chips or cracks or uneven space between your teeth, dental veneers can hide these flaws. You might also consider getting veneers if you have teeth that have irregular shapes. If you’re interested in improving your smile without having to get dental crowns or other types of treatments that are more complex, dental veneers might be right for you.
What to Expect
If you have dental veneers placed on your teeth, the first step involves having X-rays taken. Dentists use these X-rays to have veneers custom-made in a lab, which helps ensure that they’re as natural-looking as possible. Once your veneers are ready, which can take a few weeks, you’ll have a small amount of enamel removed from the affected teeth. This helps the veneers look more natural and fit more comfortably on your teeth. After your teeth are prepared, you’ll have the veneers put on and set in place with cement.
Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers
Although dental veneers offer several benefits, there are also some drawbacks that you should think about before deciding to get them. The advantages of veneers include the following:
- They offer a natural appearance that closely resembles your real teeth
- They don’t need any special care once they’re on your teeth
- They improve your smile by making your teeth brighter or more even
- They don’t require a lot of shaping in order to be placed on your teeth, which helps preserve your tooth enamel
- They don’t need a lot of drilling, which means you can have them done with no anesthesia or a minimal amount of anesthesia
The disadvantages of veneers include the following:
- You can end up with inconsistent tooth coloring over time since your natural teeth change color while veneers stay the same color
- Porcelain veneers aren't as durable as crowns, so they can crack or chip, especially if you grind your teeth
- Your teeth can still develop tooth decay, even with veneers in place, so they’re not recommended for people with gum disease, eroded tooth enamel or other dental problems
If you think veneers might be right for you, please contact Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics to schedule an appointment. Our dentists can help determine if dental veneers are suitable for you.