Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers

12 / 01 / 2021

To achieve an improved natural-looking smile, dental veneers are a great option. It’s especially the case with porcelain veneers because of their strength, stain resistance, resilience and longevity.

Pros and cons of porcelain veneers

However, before moving forward with this way of improving your smile and teeth appearance, it’s good to take note of the advantages and potential drawbacks. You can read some of those in this article and you can complete your understanding by consulting a dentist (dental assessment is a must so you’ll know the optimal solution for you).

First, it’s about improving the appearance of your teeth by covering their front surface. It’s a straightforward way to fix aesthetic problems such as having teeth that are discoloured, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned, irregularly shaped and irregularly spaced. In other words, veneers can help improve both the colour and shape of teeth while also making it all look and feel natural.

Before applying the veneers though, a dental examination must be done to know if dental veneers are right for you. Also, it’s important to be specific about what you’re trying to achieve so that your dentist can find optimal and cost-effective ways to achieve what you want. A set of options will be recommended and the dentist will explain the advantages and drawbacks.

For example, veneers can slightly ruin your teeth because a bit of the enamel should be removed. Although it’s minimally invasive compared to having crowns on your teeth, the procedure can still take away some of the natural tooth material. In addition, porcelain veneers can still fall off and get chipped or cracked. It’s even possible that they will experience decay through the years (notice that it’s much similar with our natural teeth).

As mentioned earlier, veneers are still a popular choice because of their strength, stain resistance and longevity (again, this is much similar with our natural teeth). They can last up to 15 years before replacement is needed. It’s a worthwhile investment given the benefit of improving your teeth appearance and allowing you to flash a confident smile. Also, the cleaning and maintenance are very much like with what you’ve been doing before you had the veneers.

What about the costs? As with other dental cosmetic corrective procedures, the cost varies because it depends on your specific goal and condition. It’s crucial to consult with the dentist first so that you’ll know the cost, process (can take weeks to complete) and expected results. This consultation and assessment is also crucial in letting you know if veneers are right for you in the first place. For example, dental crowns might be more appropriate for you or an underlying problem should be fixed first (e.g. gum disease, weakened teeth as a result of decay).

Here at Big Smiles Dental, we will let you know all your options after we discuss your goals and the result of the dental examination. Our aim is to deliver a long-lasting solution that will help you look and feel confident about your smile and teeth appearance.