When Veneers Aren’t the Best Choice

Dental veneers provide a great way to easily and quickly improve your smile. They are a natural looking restoration that others probably won’t even know you have. People will just notice your beautiful, radiant, bright smile!

When you have unsightly stains, chips, gaps, or other cosmetic problems, veneers can hide all those imperfections and give you the smile you’ve always wanted. These thin porcelain shells are permanently attached directly to the fronts of your teeth. They offer a simple and painless way to transform your smile.

However, veneers are not the best solution for everyone. They are a good choice for patients with healthy teeth. Even though you might have aesthetic problems, your teeth must be healthy. Your dentist will need to treat and repair your dental issues before being able to attach veneers. You must have enough healthy tooth enamel for the veneers to be securely bonded to your teeth.

Keep in mind that veneers are meant to be a permanent restoration. Your teeth will be prepared and then the veneers will be bonded onto your teeth, so they cannot be removed. Once you’ve gotten veneers, there is no changing your mind. If you are not up for a permanent transformation to your smile, then veneers are not for you.

With proper care and checkups, dental veneers may last up to ten years before they might need to be replaced. If you have habits like chewing ice or knawing on pencils, veneers may not be a good choice. Although they are considered long-lasting, veneers can break when subjected to harsh use. They can be damaged just like your natural teeth. Another habit that may harm veneers is teeth grinding. Talk with your dentist about habits you have and make sure you have a thorough examination before deciding to get veneers.

 

Dr. Bullock is a family and cosmetic dentist in Marlton NJ.

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