The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers: Is It Right for You?

To enhance the color, shape, and appearance of healthy teeth without altering their structural integrity, veneers are porcelain covers that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth.

Because porcelain veneers are an expensive dental restoration, insurance usually does not pay them for aesthetic purposes. However, there are non-cosmetic reasons to provide veneers, and even veneers may be a covered service if the dentist records medical necessity

Ideal Candidate for Porcelain Veneers

In general, if wanting to fix minor flaws and have teeth that are severely stained, porcelain veneers are a great option for you. For this dental procedure, the perfect candidate would have:

  • Teeth that are broken, discolored, cracked, or too small
  • Teeth in good health with no signs of decay or periodontal disease
  • A properly aligned tooth
  • Enough dental enamel for the veneer to be supported
  • No history of teeth-grinding or jaw-clenching habits
  • Exemplary oral care techniques

Pros

  • Address the issue of worn enamel: Some foods and drinks can cause dental enamel to deteriorate or dull over time. Genetic factors can contribute to tooth enamel deterioration. Opalescent porcelain veneers are perfect for restoring mouths with enamel erosion or abrasion because they mimic the translucency of natural enamel. Veneers shield the teeth from discomfort by covering the teeth.
  • Appear Natural: The doctor will take impressions of the teeth to create porcelain veneers that look and feel natural. The veneers are then expertly created to fit the lips and appear natural. When talking, eating, or using the teeth in any other way, you won’t perceive a difference. No one will know person had the procedure done because veneers appear natural.
  • Durable and long-lasting: Porcelain veneers are powerful enough to withstand biting pressure, have a long-lasting finish, and are typically stain-resistant. They can last up to 10-15 years on average with proper maintenance and are harder than natural enamel.
  • Fast, individualized results: Dental veneers are a simple and highly effective method to enhance the appearance of teeth. They give immediate effects, and fixing them would only require a couple of visits to the dentist over a few weeks.

Porcelain Veneers

Cons

  • Cost: The price of ceramic veneers is one of their main drawbacks. Veneers are not covered by dental insurance policies because they are frequently given for cosmetic purposes. Highly resilient, strong veneers are very costly, and inexpensive veneers last less time.
  • Breakable: Although this can be controlled with specific products, some individuals experience an increase in tooth sensitivity to heat and cold after veneer placement. It might be challenging to repair these veneers if they break, and they might even need to be replaced.
  • Reduced lifespan: Veneers last a lot less time than dental crowns and bridges do. Because veneers are thinner than crowns, this is the problem. Additionally, there might not be enough material for a second fitting if there was some enamel erosion during the initial procedure.

Conclusion

If done correctly, dental veneers can be quite attractive and natural-looking. With dental veneers, worn, chipped, rotated, discolored, or cracked teeth can be swiftly fixed. The suitability of veneers depends on a variety of variables. A successful veneer case may be “made” or “broken” by a stable bite. A key principle to keep in mind is that the front tooth’s health is dependent upon the condition of the back teeth. Celine Dental & Orthodontics provides bets treatment options for every dental need.

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