A decision to change the overall appearance of your smile is not made lightly. It requires a significant amount of thought and you should choose what makes the most sense for you. After all, there are several cosmetic dentistry procedures to select from here at Grandville Dental Health Center.
One option that we offer for patients is porcelain veneers. You may have heard of veneers at some point but never thought of them for yourself. Well, if you have imperfections in your smile you’ve been wanting to fix for some time, our cosmetic dentists may recommend veneers for you.
Keep reading to find out more about porcelain veneers and what the pros and cons of this cosmetic procedure are.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin shells that are cemented over the front surface of your teeth by our dentists. They are commonly used to correct dental issues like worn enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, tooth discoloration, chips, and cracks.
A huge advantage to veneers is that they are quite protective and durable. They also require less enamel to be removed compared to dental crowns and offer a natural look for those wanting to even out or brighten up their smile.
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Pros of Veneers
Veneers can be a great solution to chips, stains, or other minor imperfections that you’ve wanted to improve for years. Many patients do not want to undergo processes like orthodontic treatment or dental crowns so porcelain veneers are a nice in-between option.
There are many benefits that come with veneers. For one, they can last for 15+ years if proper care and oral hygiene habits are practiced. Traditional veneers also last longer than thinner “no prep” types, such as.
Other pros of veneers include:
- Improved Appearance
- Less Invasive Than Crowns
- Highly Stain Resistant
- Replace Damaged Enamel
Cons of Veneers
While porcelain veneers can make your teeth appear straighter and whiter, they do have a few downsides that are important to consider. Our cosmetic dentists are more than happy to take time to discuss each with you before following through with the procedure.
Some of the cons of veneers include:
- Permanent / Irreversible
- Can Cause Tooth Sensitivity Afterward
- Still Susceptible to Damage
The biggest aspect of veneers to keep in mind is their permanence. Once you choose to have them placed over your natural teeth by our dentists, it cannot be reversed.
This is because in order to prepare your teeth for veneers, they need to be etched, which roughens the surface and removes a portion of enamel. The structure of your teeth have to be altered for the veneers to prevent them from looking too large or bulky underneath.
If you are not entirely committed to veneers, they may not be the right choice. Our dentists may suggest other cosmetic procedures such as cosmetic bonding instead.