You’ve probably seen them on your favorite celebrities, athletes, and even on that one coworker who always seems to have perfect teeth. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, and it’s no wonder why. Thanks to advances in dental technology, porcelain veneers are now more natural-looking than ever before. They offer a quick and easy way to achieve a Hollywood smile. Veneers can completely transform your smile, giving you the confidence to show your teeth off without worry or embarrassment. But are veneers worth it? Is the investment of time and money worth the results? Here are 5 things you MUST know before getting porcelain veneers
1. Porcelain Veneers Are Not Right For Everyone
Porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth’s surfaces. They can cover up chips, cracks, stains, and gaps between your teeth. They’re also often used to change the shape, size, and color of your teeth. While porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment, they are not right for everyone. If you have existing dental problems such as tooth decay, gingivitis, cavities, or gum disease, veneers may not be the best option for you. People who have Bruxism or suffer from tooth grinding may also not be good candidates for veneers. Lastly, veneers can not help if you have missing teeth, dental implants may be a better option in this case. If you are considering veneers, be sure to consult with your dentist to see if they are the proper cosmetic dental procedure for you.
2. Porcelain Veneers Are Not Reversible
Many people think that veneers are a reversible cosmetic dentistry treatment. After all, they can be removed, and the natural tooth enamel is not modified in any way. However, this is not the case. Once veneers are placed, they are there for good. This is because the natural tooth enamel is actually altered in order to prepare it for veneers. A small amount of tooth enamel is removed in order to create a smooth surface for the veneer to adhere to. This means that the tooth structure is permanently changed and veneers are not reversible. For this reason, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of veneers before making a decision. Veneers are a permanent way to change the appearance of your teeth, so be sure you are ready for the change before proceeding.
3. Porcelain Veneers Can Crack and Chip
Porcelain veneers are made from a strong and durable material. However, they are not indestructible. Just like your natural teeth, porcelain dental veneers can crack or chip if they are not taken care of properly. Biting your nails, chewing on ice, or using your teeth to open packages can all put undue stress on your veneers and cause them to break. Once a veneer is damaged, it will need to be replaced. As such, it is important to take care of your dental veneers and avoid habits that can damage them. Avoid biting hard objects and using your teeth as tools, and brush and floss regularly to keep your veneers clean and free from plaque buildup. With proper care, your veneers can last for many years. But remember, even the most well-cared-for veneers are susceptible to damage. If you do damage a veneer, don’t panic! Contact your cosmetic dentist right away to have it repaired or replaced.
4. Veneers Require Special Attention and Care
As previously mentioned, dental veneers are very strong and durable, but they require special care and attention to keep them looking their best. Veneers are not resistant to staining, so it is important to avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, and red wine. You should also avoid smoking as this can discolor your veneers. In addition, you need to take care when brushing and flossing your teeth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. When flossing, be careful not to damage your veneers by flossing too hard or using a sawing motion. Take care when eating hard or sticky foods as well, as biting into these can cause your veneers to crack or chip. Lastly, be sure to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. These are important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy and ensuring that your veneers are in good condition.
5. Porcelain Veneers Are A Long-Term Investment
The cost of veneers varies depending on the type of veneer and the number of teeth being treated. But in general, veneers can cost between $500 and $2,500 per tooth. And since most people will need multiple veneers to achieve the desired look, the total cost can add up quickly. Additionally, veneers are not covered by dental insurance. This means that you will be responsible for paying the entire cost yourself. But despite their high price tag, veneers are a long-term investment that can last for many years with proper dental care. When placed correctly, dental veneers are very durable and can last for 10 to 15 years or longer before needing to be replaced. This makes them a good option for people who are looking for a long-term solution to their cosmetic dental concerns.
Are Veneers Worth It?
When it comes to achieving a perfect smile, many people turn to veneers. But are veneers worth it? And should you really invest in veneers? The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors. First, it is important to consider your goals for treatment. Are you looking for a way to quickly upgrade the look of your teeth or are you hoping to correct dental issues such as a chipped tooth, crooked tooth or even misaligned teeth? Veneers can be an effective way to achieve both of these goals. Additionally, it is important to consider the cost of veneers and whether or not you are willing to invest in this long-term treatment. Veneers are often the perfect choice for many people. But ultimately, the decision of whether or not to get veneers is a personal one that should be made after careful consideration.
If you are considering veneers, be sure to consult with a qualified cosmetic dentist to see if they are right for you. They can help you determine if veneers are the best option for achieving your desired results and can answer any questions you may have about the treatment process. Once you have decided that veneers are right for you, that smile you’ve always dreamed of is within reach. So what are you waiting for? Get started on your journey to the perfect smile today! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tiffanie Garrison-Jeter to discuss if veneers are the best option for you!