Maybe you’ve tried whitening and straightening your teeth, but your smile still isn’t quite what you’re hoping for. Or maybe you’ve got several issues with your teeth and you’re not sure where to begin to get that smile of your dreams. No matter your starting point, if you are a Madisonian in the market for a truly dazzling smile, you might be wondering, what are the pros and cons of dental veneers?
- Can hide discolored, rotated, chipped, or misshapen teeth
- Require careful maintenance
- Occasionally may make teeth more sensitive
What are veneers, anyway?
Veneers are thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom-made in a laboratory. They are bonded to the front of teeth to create a whiter, more attractive smile. They are often used as alternatives to crowns and are the ideal solution for treating many dental conditions.
Veneers are perfect for covering discolored, chipped, or rotated teeth.
If you haven’t had luck with teeth whitening, you may be aware that teeth sometimes are resistant to bleaching agents. This is especially true if the stains are intrinsic, or internal. This discoloration occurs under the enamel of the tooth. It’s often caused by decay, injury, age, or medication. For stubborn discoloration, veneers are a great way to achieve that bright smile you couldn’t get from whitening alone.
Veneers are also good options for teeth that are chipped or misshapen. By entirely covering the front surface of the tooth, the veneer can totally transform the size and shape of the tooth it is over.
Veneers also can be used if you have rotated teeth. Instead of spending months or even years in braces, veneers can give the look of picture-perfect teeth in just a few appointments.
Veneers are very durable and offer long-lasting results.
Veneers can last many years with proper maintenance and dental hygiene. Additionally, veneers are more stain-resistant and last longer than composite resin bonding. Veneers can also correct more substantial dental issues than can bonding.
Issues to consider: cost, maintenance, and application.
One downside to consider about veneers is their cost. Veneers really are like pieces of art for your mouth. But because each veneer is individually crafted from high-quality material to perfect each tooth, they can be expensive. Your cosmetic dentist will discuss what your unique veneers will cost at your consultation.
Veneers also require care and attention to ensure you get the most out of your investment. Since it is possible for them to chip, you’ll need to be careful when it comes to especially crunchy foods.
To apply the veneers, your cosmetic dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. If you have a history of sensitive teeth this may make your teeth more sensitive to heat and cold, but for most people it does not.
Cosmetic Dentistry Near Me
If you are interested in transforming your smile with veneers, please book your consultation today with our cosmetic dentists. Affiliated Dentists offers veneers and cosmetic dentistry in Madison, Wisconsin.
What are the Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers? brought to you by Dr. Mark Gustavson