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The Pros and Cons of Veneers

May 7, 2015

The Pros and Cons of Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an increasingly popular choice for improving the appearance of teeth, but it is important to think carefully before deciding to get veneers. Having veneers fitted is not a reversible process, so you need to be sure that you are making the right decision.

 

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Great Reasons to Get Veneers

Veneers can give you a great smile. They can improve the colour, shape and appearance of your teeth, while producing a very natural appearance, and you can have them applied to as many or as few of your teeth as necessary. You will know exactly what you are getting before your veneers are fitted. As well as having plenty of time to discuss the procedure with your dentist beforehand, you will also get to see what the veneer will look like in your mouth before it is bonded into place, so there won’t be any surprises.

Having veneers fitted is a fairly simple process, which can usually be completed in just two appointments, and it won’t require such extensive shaping of your teeth as having a crown fitted. Porcelain veneers are very well tolerated, and once they are in place, they can last for many years. Your veneers won’t require any extra care, so they will be just as easy to look after as your natural teeth, and they can be very stain resistant.

What to Consider Before You Get Veneers

Before your veneers can be fitted, the surface of your teeth will have to be prepared so that the veneers can be bonded securely in place. The shiny surface of your tooth will have to be buffed during your first appointment so that the veneers will sit smoothly and securely in place. You will then have to wait a week or two while your veneers are being prepared before they can be fitted in place. You can have temporary veneers fitted during this time.

You might also experience more tooth sensitivity once your veneers are fitted, and you will find that porcelain veneers remain the same colour, even if your teeth change, due to staining or whitening. It is also important to remember that your teeth will still be susceptible to decay, even though they have been fitted with veneers, so you will need to keep taking good care of your teeth. You will also need to take a little extra care and avoid chewing your fingernails or biting on the end of your pen, as this could end up dislodging a veneer.

Although they can be a great success for many people, it is important to discuss all of your options with your dentist and to be sure that veneers are the right choice for your teeth. Veneers might not be suitable for you if you have weakened teeth, gum disease, or very little enamel. You might also have to choose another option, such as having a filling or crown fitted, if you tend to grind your teeth.

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