How Do I Know If Dental Veneers Are Right for Me?

Posted on: July 14, 2019

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells designed to custom fit your teeth, and while this relatively easy method of improving the cosmetic appearance of your teeth has become increasingly popular in recent years, it is important to understand that dental veneers are not right for everyone. That said, your dentist can help you find the best solution, so do not be afraid to make an appointment and speak up about your concerns. Here are a few things to consider when determining whether dental veneers are right for you.

Who can benefit from veneers?

Patients who will benefit most from dental veneers are those wishing to change the appearance of their smile but do not have advanced or severe dental problems. The thin shells are designed to cover cosmetic issues like discoloration, uneven texture/surface or malformed teeth.

Veneers are designed to reflect light, mimic the natural texture and color of teeth and fill gaps and inconsistencies in your smile. Patients with relatively healthy teeth who are primarily looking to improve the look of their teeth will typically benefit most from dental veneers.

Why might some people need to avoid veneers?

While dental veneers are an excellent option for improving the look of your smile, veneers are not the perfect solution for every patient. Here are a few reasons dental veneers might not be right for you.

1. Advanced decay

Patients with advanced tooth decay or who previously had large fillings are not good candidates for dental veneers. Dental veneers work better on teeth that have either only minor cosmetic blemishes or very minor damage. For severely damaged teeth, caps, crowns and fillings may be a better option.

2. Tooth grinding

Because dental veneers are designed to be thin, lightweight and natural-looking, patients who regularly grind or gnash their teeth may not benefit from veneers. Because of the risk of breaking, chipping or grinding down veneers, patients who grind their teeth will want to seek out thicker or more chip-resistant solutions.

3. Heightened sensitivity

While many patients will experience dental sensitivity at some point in their lives, those with heightened and more frequent tooth sensitivity may wish to steer clear of dental veneers. In order to apply dental veneers, your dentist may need to remove your outer layer of enamel or reshape your teeth, which can cause further sensitivity to occur in some patients.

4. Permanence

While it may not be an issue for some patients, others might be turned off by the permanent nature of dental veneers. Because dental veneers often require the reshaping and restructuring of your teeth, the procedure is considered permanent and irreversible. When properly applied and cared for, dental veneers can last up to 10 years before requiring repair or replacement. The long-lasting nature of veneers can be a blessing or a curse, so consider carefully before you take the leap.

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