Dental veneers help restore a smile in a person especially if they are chipped or broken or discoloured and they cannot be brightened with teeth whitening. The veneers are delicate coverings that are placed on top of damaged teeth, it brings back the teeth to their perfection and brightness. Imperfections in the teeth are due to genetics or due to any injury or accident – dental veneers are the easy procedures to go through for attaining a perfect set of teeth. One of the best benefits of dental veneers apart from the teeth restoration is the confidence that it brings to the wearer.
There are different types of dental veneers available according to one’s requirements. They all are custom made- developed from the chosen veneer material after taking measurements of the teeth that need restoration. As they are custom made, they fit perfectly onto the teeth and do not seem to be an artificial attachment. It is good to know what the pros and cons are of dental veneers to be better prepared for the outcome of this dental procedure.
Pros of dental veneers
This is the main reason many prefer to have this treatment done. Damaged or chipped teeth can be transformed into perfect teeth by this procedure. Dental veneers are shaped and moulded into the desired perfect shape of the natural teeth and they bring back a flawless smile with this easy procedure.
Better shaped teeth
Teeth lose their shape if they have experienced trauma due to accidents or contact sports injury. Teeth chip or get broken because of the blunt force on them. If it is for adults then it is impossible to have better shaped natural teeth. Most people will lose confidence if the damage to the teeth is to the front visible teeth. This can be set right by the veneer application.
Staining to the teeth is caused due to aging, decay, food stains or even due to prolonged medications. They can turn yellowish or some turn to a darker shade due to damage. Protecting the teeth and giving the teeth their lost colour is possible by sticking dental veneers to them. The colour of the veneers can be chosen so they are similar to the natural teeth and the stained teeth are concealed.
Durable and affordable
Placing dental veneers does not cost much and it’s a process that does not take much time. The best advantage of this procedure is that the veneers placed on the teeth provide a durable solution to damaged or stained teeth. The veneers are glued to the surface of the teeth and provide support for many years. The only thing is one must be careful not to break if by mistreating the veneers by bite opening bottle caps and so on, otherwise they can stay for a long time.
Many dental procedures when they are done, require some time for healing, some time for the adjustments to happen and then a natural integration, but in the case of dental veneers the effects are instant. Right after applying the veneers to the teeth and they are polished off, the effects are visible from the moment the procedure is completed.
No preparation and special aftercare needed
If it is taking care of damaged teeth or correcting teeth positions – there needs to be preparation done in the mouth for the process to begin. But for dental veneers, it does not need any preparation – only prepping the teeth. The dental enamel is removed a bit to accommodate the dental veneers, if that is not done then after they are placed, they will jut out from the position of other teeth. Right after the procedure, one can continue with eating and drinking normal food like before as this procedure does not have a healing process to go through.
Correction of minor dental problems
Dental veneers are versatile as they provide care to a lot of minor dental problems. Teeth whitening, damaged chipped or broken teeth are taken care of. Gaps in the teeth can be filled by placing dental veneers to give a complete perfect set of teeth. The procedure is minor and the benefits are long-lasting and many wish to take advantage of this fact.
Support to dental enamel
Dental enamel loses its strength as time goes by and they are affected when consuming hot/cold food. By placing dental veneers, the food consumed does not come in direct contact with the teeth as they provide additional support to the teeth. The pulp region of the teeth which is the core portion of the teeth is protected by an extra layer of dental veneer.
Cons of dental veneers
This process is irreversible, once the process is done then it is not possible to undo it. The dental enamel that is removed during the process cannot be replaced. The enamel does not regrow if the veneers are removed.
Damage to dental veneers
Not taking proper care when consuming food, biting into hard or sharp objects can break the dental veneer. If this happens, then the whole veneer needs to be replaced. The lifelong durability that it can provide otherwise is lost in this situation.
Placing dental veneers is possible by removing a bit of dental enamel. These usually provide support to the teeth and perfect it while consuming food and drinks. If that is lost, then teeth sensitivity is heightened – the nerve endings of the teeth will affect strongly the hot/cold food consumed and causes discomfort or pain. So when compared with other dental devices the life span of dental veneers is short.
No support to extensively damaged teeth
Dental veneers can provide support to teeth that are not damaged extensively. It helps by supporting measures to teeth restorations where the damage is slight and fast and quick remedy is possible. For broader and more far-reaching damage other processes must be considered.