Pros and Cons
Veneers are one of the best options to strengthen and straighten your teeth, brighten your smile and leave you with a grin you can be proud to show off!
Whether your teeth are chipped, misaligned, discoloured, gappy or unsightly, veneers are a popular option amongst many patients today.
Generally, the most enticing benefit about veneers is that the changes can occur relatively quickly (in just a couple of visits), the process is not reversible.
If you are interested in getting veneers and would like to know more about the pros and cons of this treatment method, see below:
- Highly durable, long-term solution: veneers can last up to 30 years if the procedure is done well and the patient cares for the teeth properly
- Veneers are moulded for your teeth specifically, meaning we can provide highly natural-looking results
- The procedure is minimally invasive, usually, only a small amount of the tooth has to be filed down before fitting the veneer
- Teeth whitening: we can personalise the shade you would like your new teeth to be, so you can have a sparkling white or a more natural shade
- Veneers provide effective results fast, we can target multiple issues at once e.g. discoloured teeth and gaps between the teeth
- The procedure does not hurt: Typically patients are numbed with a local anaesthetic for the veneering process, meaning there should be no pain during the procedure. If you are only having 2-4 veneers fitted, there is often very little or no discomfort after the numbness subsides. If you have 8+ veneers inserted, there can be some soreness in the gums post-treatment. We recommend over the counter medications to reduce any discomfort.
- No major upkeep required: Caring for your veneers generally requires dental check-ups/hygiene visits and regular brushing and flossing/ interdental cleaning, so it is not very different from how you would be expected to care for your natural teeth.
- Improves your confidence: Veneers are a guaranteed way to change your smile and get the results you desire – since you have the opportunity to ‘test-drive’ your smile through the temporary veneer stage of the practice, you get the chance to alter and adjust the final look of your new teeth.
- Irreversible: this is the main concern for most people thinking of getting veneers. Since we remove some tooth surface in order to get the desired shape, you cannot get the original shape of the tooth back. However, it makes sense that you would not want to revert your teeth back to their original size/shape because that is the whole reason you are having the procedure!
- Routine checkups: It is required that you visit your cosmetic dentist for routine checkups and hygiene visits post-treatment, to ensure your beautiful smile remains consistent with veneers. Some people may find this an inconvenience, but it is required for most dental procedures.
- Just like natural teeth, veneers can become damaged if not cared for properly. People are encouraged to overcome bad habits such as biting nails or grinding teeth.
- Veneers are not suitable for people with active gum disease or weak teeth. We can assess the health of your teeth during an initial consultation if you are unsure whether or not you would be suitable for the treatment!
Additional common questions answered
Does it hurt or ruin the underlying tooth when placing veneers?
Patients are put under local anaesthetic during the procedure so they are numbed to the effects of any pain. Porcelain veneer does not damage your natural teeth. They can protect your natural teeth from further decay in some cases. However, it is important that your teeth are strong and healthy prior to treatment.
How long do they last?
If cared for adequately, veneers can last up to 30 years! Be sure to book regular check-ups and hygiene visits with your cosmetic dentist so we can identify any issues with your veneers early on.
Will my veneers remain white?
Porcelain is stain-free. If you choose to have porcelain veneers, your veneers will remain in their original white shade for their lifetime. However, you will have to eventually replace the veneers.
Can you eat normally with veneers?
You can continue to use your teeth as normal post-treatment, however, you should be mindful when eating hard foods – the same way you should with your natural teeth.
How much do veneers cost?
The cost of treatment depends on where you get it done and what is required for your specific needs. Click here to find out more about pricing options. More.
Are there any alternatives?
There are alternative options available if you are unsure about the veneer treatment, such as composite bonding/composite veneers. If you would like to find out more about the options available to you, book a free consultation appointment where we can discuss your specific dental needs!