Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic dental option for correcting discolored, misshapen, and misaligned teeth. Dramatic results can be achieved in just two or three visits to a cosmetic dentist without a lot of invasive dental work. Unlike some other cosmetic dental procedures, you can have a “Hollywood” smile overnight with dental veneers.
Before you take the plunge, be sure to consult with your cosmetic dentist and have a full understanding of the downsides of dental veneers and any alternative cosmetic dental procedures. Dental veneers are a great option for many patients, but they are not always the best alternative. Whether dental veneers are right for you depends on your unique situation.
The main downside to dental veneers is that placement requires removal of a thin layer of your natural tooth enamel. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Tooth enamel is removed where the veneer is to be placed so that the tooth will not look or feel “bulky” after the veneer is bonded to the tooth.
While removal of the enamel itself does not typically cause any problems, it means that once you get veneers, you are committed to having veneers for the rest of your life. Veneers typically only last for five to ten years so you need to be sure that you are willing to incur the expense of replacing old veneers when they chip, break, or wear out.
Also, some patients experience increased dental sensitivity after getting veneers, but in most cases the sensitivity will resolve after a few days. Your cosmetic dentist will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have about dental veneers and explain your options.
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