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Pros and Cons of Porcelain Dental Veneers

If you have always wanted a dazzling “Hollywood” smile but don’t want to deal with the hassle and discomfort of braces or invisible aligners, ask your cosmetic dentist if porcelain dental veneers are a good option for you.  Millions of Americans are enjoying a beautiful new smile thanks to porcelain veneers.

Dental veneers are wafer thin porcelain shells that your dentist will permanently bond to the visible surface of your teeth.  Placement of porcelain veneers can effectively resolve numerous issues with your smile in a single step including stained or yellowed teeth, mildly misaligned teeth, misshapen teeth, and gaps between teeth.  Dental veneers can change the color, alignment, shape, and size of your teeth.

Veneers can be placed in just two or three dental visits.  You will leave your dentist’s office after the last visit with your new smile!  Caring for porcelain veneers is the same as taking care of your natural teeth.  Unlike after having braces, there is no need to wear a retainer and veneers are resistant to stains. Teeth whitening is usually unnecessary with veneers.

However, veneers are permanent and placement of them causes permanent damage to your tooth enamel.  The process is not reversible because a layer of enamel has been removed from your natural teeth.  Your teeth will always need the protection of veneers which will need to be replaced every five to ten years.  Also, veneers are relatively expensive compared to other options such as braces and tooth whitening.  Be sure you are willing to commit to the expense of replacing your veneers before having the procedure done.

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