If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, then you are probably looking into some other options. Veneers are very popular but before you do anything, you should weigh the pros and cons.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are molded for your teeth and then attached to the front of them. Sometimes they are made of other resin or composite materials. The ultimate goal is to improve the appearance of your teeth.
You can change the color, size, and even shape of your tooth. Some specific reasons that people get them are for chipped or broken teeth, teeth that are discolored, teeth with gaps, irregularly shaped teeth, or other issue that causes a loss in confidence. Veneers can last anywhere from 7 to 15 years depended on the type and how well they are cared for.
Benefits of Veneers
One of the most important benefits is that they allow you to become more confident with your smile. Veneers can give you the flawless smile that you have been wanting. Also, since they are molded for your teeth, it is difficult to tell the difference between your tooth and a veneer.
Another benefit is that your veneer is bonded to the tooth and no additional shaping or drilling is done. This protects the integrity of the tooth. It also means that you can continue to brush and floss as you normally would. You can choose the color of the veneer you want. You can opt for a bright white or something that is closer to a natural color.
Disadvantages of Veneers
Veneers will remain the same color as when they are placed on your teeth. If you only have a veneer on one tooth, then the color of your natural teeth can change over time and may not match the veneer. However, you can avoid this by regularly seeing your dentist. Since they are usually made of porcelain, they are also more delicate than something like a crown.
They are more prone to chipping and cracking. If you bite your nails, chew on ice, or grind your teeth, veneers may not be the best option unless you put a stop to those habits. The last disadvantage is that your teeth can still decay under a veneer. This can lead to other issues later on such as a root canal or a crown. If you have a history of gum disease, weakened enamel, o other issues, then you may want to explore some other options that do not leave your dental health as vulnerable.
Choosing to get veneers is a big decision and not one that you should take lightly. You want to make sure it is the right option for you.
If you want to learn more about veneers and your options, be sure to reach out to us at Napa Dental so we can help you make the best decision for your teeth!