With the rise of social media and other digital communication platforms, many people worry about the look of their smile. One way to instantly enhance your smile is cosmetic dental veneers.
Dental veneers are an easy way to quickly address several cosmetic dental imperfections simultaneously. These ultra-thin tooth-coloured shells are cemented onto the front surface of your natural teeth. They can change the colour, shape and size of your teeth if they are discoloured, chipped or misshapen. They can even hide small gaps between teeth and disguise crooked teeth, so you have a bright, even smile.
Veneers Pros and Cons
Although dental veneers can give you a dazzling Hollywood smile, not everyone is a candidate. It’s important to discuss your smile goals with your dentist and weigh veneers pros and cons to determine if they are a good option for your smile makeover.
Pros of Dental Veneers
- Natural looking smile: Porcelain veneers resemble natural tooth enamel and reflect the light like your natural teeth.
- Brighten your smile: Stain-resistant porcelain veneers can keep your smile brighter for longer.
- Long-lasting: Porcelain veneers can last 10-20 years before needing replacement.
- Versatile: Porcelain veneers can correct several dental flaws at once, such as intrinsic or stubborn discolourations, chips, worn and short teeth, dramatically improving your smile.
- Instant results: Installing porcelain veneers is a minimally invasive procedure that quickly improves your smile permanently. Other cosmetic dentistry treatments can take months to achieve. A cosmetic dentist can install porcelain veneers in just two visits and composite veneers in a single appointment.
- Affordable: Porcelain veneers are more affordable compared with other cosmetic dentistry options like a dental crown. They are also longer-lasting than professional teeth whitening treatment if your goal is to have a brighter smile.
- Easy maintenance: Porcelain veneers don’t require any special care. Simply brush and floss as normal and see your dentist twice a year for checkups.
Cons of Dental Veneers
- Irreversible: Because some tooth enamel is removed to accommodate the dental veneers, the procedure permanently restructures your teeth and is irreversible.
- Cosmetic dentistry only: Dental veneers are unsuitable as a restorative treatment for severely damaged or decayed teeth. It is also unsuitable to cap a tooth after a root canal treatment, and cannot be used to restore broken teeth. If you have gum disease, you need to have the condition treated before you can have a dental veneer placed.
- Tooth sensitivity: Because your dentist must remove a thin layer of tooth enamel from the tooth structure to accommodate the porcelain shell, this leaves your tooth more susceptible to increased sensitivity. You can minimise sensitivity by using desensitising toothpaste and mouthwash to remineralise enamel.
- Prone to damage: Just like your natural teeth, dental veneers are prone to chipping and breaking. Avoid eating hard foods and bad habits like nail-biting and opening packages with your teeth. they may also loose or become more noticeable if your gums recede due to overzealous tooth brushing.
Craft a Perfect Smile at Dapto Dentists
If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your teeth, dental veneers can disguise multiple cosmetic flaws and visually enhance your smile. At Dapto Dentists, we offer 2 types of veneers: porcelain veneers for the most natural smile, and composite resin veneers, which allow you to receive a new smile in a single session.
Contact Dapto Dentists today on (02) 4210 9058 for a consultation to find out more about veneers pros and cons and to determine whether you are a candidate for dental veneers.