What are the pros and cons of veneers?
The obvious benefit of porcelain veneers is their appearance. As they are individually sculpted to every unique mouth, it makes them almost impossible to tell apart from a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, however, porcelain veneers resist tea, coffee and cigarette smoke stains due to the material they are made from.
Another advantage of veneers is that, unlike crowns, the original tooth remains largely intact. There is a minimal amount of alteration to your tooth to fit the porcelain veneer. If your teeth have been resisting other whitening treatments then veneers can be the solution to have bright white teeth again. Veneers can also fix minor twists in the teeth, overlaps between teeth and small gaps between the teeth.
On the downside, of veneers is due to the amount of natural tooth enamel that is taken off, getting veneers is not a reversible procedure. Adjustments can be made or new veneers made for the teeth but you will never be able to return to the original condition of the teeth. Another downside is the amount of time required in the laboratory to prepare them that can be as long as week before they are ready to be attached to the teeth.
Porcelain veneers will probably create sensitivity to hot and cold but that will disappear in a few days. Also, although very strong, veneers are also quite brittle so you have to avoid excessive stress on the veneers such as biting your fingernails, chewing ice or opening containers with your teeth.
Maintaining veneers is quite straightforward since you treat them the same as you treat natural teeth with brushing using a non-abrasive toothpaste and using dental floss. If you grind your teeth you will have to have your dentist make you a guard to wear while you are sleeping so you don’t grind the veneers away.
If you do decide to get porcelain veneers, getting them cleaned by your dentist regularly is important. Veneers have to be periodically polished with special non-abrasive paste. At the same appointment the dentist can identify any signs of possible failure of the veneers.Leave a reply →