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Pros and Cons of Veneers
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or ceramic bonded to the front side of the tooth. They serve as an easy and effective way to correct and hide cosmetic and functional problems. Since the procedure is irreversible, you need to consider the pros and cons of veneers before committing yourself to it.
Pros of veneers
The following are benefits offered by veneers:
Whiten your smile easily
Drinking coffee, smoking and eating strongly pigmented foods over the years eventually make their mark on the teeth, causing them to look rather unappealing in shades of yellow or brown. A dentist can whiten a discolored tooth, but the stains are bound to reoccur. Patients who are looking for a long-lasting and reliable way to whiten their smile can turn to dental veneers. They are highly resistant to stains, and patients can worry less about discoloration.
Correct minor cosmetic issues
Dentists typically correct slightly crooked or gapped teeth with orthodontic treatment, but veneers can also be a quick solution. Veneers are bonded to the tooth surface so they do not change the tooth's position, but they can mask minor orthodontic issues after application. The natural teeth may still have a gap or crookedness, but no one will be able to tell aside from the patient and their dentist.
Restore damaged enamel
The enamel is resilient but not indestructible. The enamel can yet deteriorate from aggressive tooth brushing, decay or acidic foods and drinks. Acid reflux disease can also produce stomach acid that damages the enamel. The enamel is not regenerative and will, therefore, not grow back once it is lost. However, it can be replaced by veneers. Veneers are effective for cases of enamel erosion.
Cons of dental veneers
The drawbacks of dental veneers include:
The cost of getting veneers depends mostly on the patient’s geographical area, the dentist they frequent and the number of affected teeth. They are generally costly. Patients can discuss payment and financing options with their dentist before proceeding with treatment.
Increased tooth sensitivity
Some patients may notice increased tooth sensitivity after receiving new dental veneers. It is normal to feel sensitive to hot or cold temperatures in the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure, but it eventually disappears. Tooth sensitivity is painful and inconvenient, but the dentist will recommend some products to tackle the situation. This may include using a desensitizing toothpaste to relieve the pain.
The procedure is irreversible
Veneers are regarded as a permanent procedure since it requires the dentist to alter the shape of the natural teeth to place them correctly. The dentist will trim away some of the enamel. This means that the teeth will always need protection if the veneers are taken off.
Dental veneers present an excellent way to cover cosmetic imperfections of the smile, such as crookedness, damage and discoloration. You need to consider the pros and cons of getting veneers. If you want to know whether veneers would be right for you, contact our office for a consultation.
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