Dental veneers are a popular way to give your smile a makeover. They are worn by many celebrities (as well as regular folk!) to transform the appearance of teeth. They are a tooth-like shell that is bonded over your natural tooth. When a full set of veneers is applied, the end result is whiter, straighter looking teeth.
If this is a treatment you are considering, a list of pros and cons can help you make your decision. We have done the work for you and compiled a list below:
If you are looking for straighter teeth, undergoing orthodontic treatment can take months – sometimes years! With dental veneers, your teeth will appear straighter once they are applied and the all necessary steps have been undertaken.
Easy to customise
Veneers today are easily customised to your smile. You can choose the colour, have them shaped and textured just like your surrounding teeth, and no one ever has to know that you have veneers.
Long lasting results
With a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental cleanings, your veneers can last up to a decade or more!
You can select the shade of your veneers, meaning you can customise your smile to your preferences!
Veneers are not for everyone
We’d love to say veneers are great for all, but this is simply not true. They are not suitable for teeth that are significantly decayed or weakened. Similarly, if you have many fillings in your front teeth or root canals then porcelain veneers are not a good choice because though the porcelain bonds really well to the tooth, it does not bond well to the filling material, therefore weakening the glue layer of the veneer.
When you have porcelain veneers applied, a small amount of your natural enamel will be removed to allow the veneer to fit properly. Dental enamel does not ‘grow back’, so this is an irreversible process.
As mentioned before, a small amount of your enamel will need to be removed in order to apply your veneers. This may lead to some mild tooth sensitivity.
We advise that you should speak to your dentist about these pros and cons and your goals, as they will carry out a comprehensive analysis of your oral health to determine whether veneers are appropriate for you.