Having a sparkling white smile can work wonders on a person’s confidence. However, chipped, gapped, or discolored teeth are an unfortunate part of life for most people. If this is the case for you, you may have considered getting dental veneers and are wondering if they’re worth the investment.
In this article, we’ll briefly cover what veneers are, discuss their pros and cons, and help you decide if they’re the right path toward a smile that you’re proud to show off!
What are veneers?
At their most basic level, dental veneers are a thin exterior layer of durable material attached to the front of your teeth. These shells will be shaped by your dentist to fit your mouth and match your natural teeth in size, shape, and color.
Composite veneers are a more affordable option and are made of durable composite resin bonded to your teeth. They have a typical lifespan of 3 – 5 years and are best suited to covering minor chips and gaps.
Porcelain veneers, while more expensive, have a typical lifespan of 10 – 15 years. The porcelain material is extremely durable and can more authentically replicate the appearance of a natural tooth.
The Pros of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are a fantastic option for getting a dazzling smile. They can be perfectly shaped and colored to offset any imperfections you might be worried about. Porcelain veneers specifically catch and reflect light in a nearly identical fashion to natural teeth. Plus, veneers are stain resistant, meaning you get to keep that white smile for longer!
Other dental solutions may require multiple procedures and months of your time. Veneers, on the other hand, can transform your smile as soon as they’re applied. On average, it takes just a couple of office visits to complete the entire process, so you get long-lasting results in a fraction of the time.
Taking care of your veneers is as easy as maintaining your natural teeth! Veneers do not require special instruments or additional habits. Simply stick to an oral hygiene regimen of brushing twice daily, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups.
While the upfront cost of veneers might seem high, they’re actually quite affordable compared to other dental procedures and treatments. Typically, veneers cost much less than that of dental crowns. And getting veneers means you won’t need to do ongoing whitening treatments which can add up over time.
The Cons of Dental Veneers
It’s important to note that dental veneers are exclusively a cosmetic treatment. They cannot adequately address issues such as severe damage, tooth decay, and gum disease. If you’re experiencing these kinds of problems, other options might be your best path forward.
Veneers last much longer than whitening treatments, but they do have a shorter lifespan than procedures like bridges and dental crowns. Veneers can be chipped, and are typically not the best option for people that frequently clench their jaw or grind their teeth.
The veneering procedure involves removing a thin layer of enamel from your tooth. This gives your dentist enough room in your mouth to bond the veneer while reducing bulk. Unfortunately, this means that the procedure is permanent. If you lose a veneer it will be necessary to replace it.
Making Your Decision
When it comes time to decide if dental veneers are worth it, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. These include:
- Do I have damaged, crooked, or discolored teeth?
- Are my dental concerns primarily cosmetic?
- Do I want a permanent solution for a more confident smile?
- Can I afford the cost associated with veneers?
Once you’ve had a chance to think these questions through, give us a call at EVDP!
EVDP is a full-service family practice that has been providing top-quality care for local patients for many years. Contact our team of professionals at (480) 838-3033 for an appointment today. We would be happy to discuss veneers and other treatment options with you.