Veneers for teeth are a part of cosmetic dentistry to enhance the overall shape, position, and color of the teeth. As the importance of getting the perfect look continues to grow and perfection cannot be reached without a beautiful smile, the process has become very popular. Dental veneer is nothing but a thin coat of porcelain fixed over the surface of the tooth. Once veneers are processed on teeth, it usually lasts for many years, and can be chipped and broken like our natural teeth. Generally, the whole process takes at least three visits to the doctor- the first visit for consultation and diagnosis and at least two more for application. The number of sittings may vary depending on your dental expert.
Now, let’s highlight the various benefits of dental veneers
- It looks completely natural and no one can ever spot that you have undergone a dental cosmetic change.
- It does not affect the foundation of the teeth. The gum tissues support porcelain quiet well.
- Porcelain veneers resist stain so no more worrying about your teeth getting discolored and dirty.
- Porcelain comes in different shades and you can select a particular color to ensure that your dark teeth are transformed into shiny whiter teeth.
- It is an aesthetically improved alternative to crowns. They do not require any post shaping process like crowns do.
Since we have pointed out the several advantages of dental veneers, it would be unfair to not educate you about its flipside.
Some disadvantages of porcelain veneers:
- It is a non-reversible process. Once you have decided and completed the process of dental veneering, there is no looking back.
- It is an expensive process when compared to composite resin bonding.
- Veneers cannot be repaired. If at all they crack or chip, there is no repairing. However, such cases seldom happen, so it should not be a major concern. But, it is always better to be prepared.
- The process of putting dental veneers involves removing the enamel which can eventually make your teeth more sensitive to cold and hot food and beverages. So, you have to deal with it at some point of time. Again, it depends on your dental health; the sensitivity may go higher or may not.
- Your teeth color may not match with the veneers and once it is placed there can be no alteration. So, if you have plans to go for teeth whitening, you better do it before placing veneers.
- Porcelain veneers cannot take lot of pressure and may fall off or dislodge in such circumstance. Nail biting, chewing hard items like ice or sugar cane may put your veneers into danger. You have to be extra careful about what is going inside your mouth.