Veneers: pros and cons

A beautiful snow-white smile, like that of Hollywood stars — this is exactly the picture we imagine when we hear about veneers. Indeed, these small pads on the teeth can turn even the most nondescript smile into a dazzling and memorable one. After all, not every person can boast of white and even teeth by nature. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with changing the color and shape of your teeth with ceramic veneers. The only question is, how badly do you need it? Since only after weighing the pros and cons, you will be able to make a final decision, and this article will reveal the pros and cons of veneers, which will help you decide on this.

What are veneers for?

виниры до и послеVeneers are especially popular with those who often have to spend time in public, negotiate and emphasize their status. And this is not surprising, because veneers can hide many flaws, including:

  • incorrect position of the teeth (slight curvature);
  • enamel darkening;
  • small cracks and chips;
  • ugly shape of the teeth;
  • large distance between the teeth;
  • damage to the enamel (fluorosis).

In many cases, when professional cleaning and teeth whitening does not help, ceramic veneers are the only option. So what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Pros of veneers

The installation of veneers is one of the most demanded services in aesthetic dentistry, because it has a number of undoubted advantages, including:

  1. High aesthetic performance. First of all, people want to have veneers on their teeth to enhance the aesthetics of their smile. And no one can cope with this task better than veneers (only if you do not have lost teeth, then implants will help you).
  2. Protecting teeth from external factors. Temperature fluctuations, scratching food particles, the effect of sucrose and acids have a detrimental effect on our teeth, but veneers can protect them from this.
  3. Long service life. Correct installation, as well as proper care of veneers can provide you with up to 15 years of continuous operation. Then you can replace them and sparkle a beautiful smile again.
  4. Complete comfort. Ceramic veneers are smooth and pleasant to the touch, and with the right layout, they can hide minor imperfections in the position of your teeth, which will increase your level of comfort.
  5. Veneers are invisible on the teeth. Therefore, no one except your dentist will be able to distinguish between your teeth and ceramic onlays.
  6. The shape and color of veneers doesn't change. Unlike natural teeth, the color and shape of veneers does not change over the years, so your smile will always be attractive.
  7. No need to go to whitening and cleaning. No dental plaque builds up on the surface of veneers, so you don't need to spend extra money on cleaning and whitening.

Cons of veneers

Like any other service, the installation of ceramic onlays on the teeth has its drawbacks, but, as a rule, the end justifies the means, and compared with the advantages, the disadvantages of veneers are not so significant, but you definitely need to know them.

  1. High price. Perhaps this is the biggest disadvantage of veneers, because they are not cheap and each person is unlikely to be able to afford them.
  2. Teeth sharpening. To put veneers on the teeth, it is necessary to go through a rather invasive preparation stage, that is, to sharp the teeth. This is necessary in order to give the teeth the desired shape, and they look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. The less invasiveness, the higher the risk that the desired result will be far from ideal so you will have to sacrifice either the shape of the teeth or their color (if lumineers are installed).
  3. Irreversibility of the procedure. Once you place the veneer on the tooth, you won't be able to put everything back. And in the future, you will only need to repeat the installation, since the enamel, alas, is not restored.
  4. Preparation time. Compared to teeth whitening and brushing, which take from a few minutes to 1-2 hours, veneers take longer. Using digital technologies, ceramic veneers can be installed in 7 days, but the cost of such a procedure is several times higher. On average, the entire transformation process (from the first consultation to the completion of installation) takes about 3-4 weeks. During this period, you can think over everything to the smallest detail and make an ideal snow-white smile with high quality.
  5. Strength. The veneer itself is, in fact, glass, and the thinner it is, the more fragile it becomes. Therefore, both during transportation and installation, and in everyday life, you need to be careful. In general, the functionality of the teeth after correct adhesion of veneers will not change. You can still nibble on apples and enjoy your favorite foods. But what would be worth giving up is seeds, opening bottles by teeth and cracking nuts. The veneer will not come off, but it can break, and this is not the most pleasant.

It should be noted that the quality and aesthetics of your smile are 90% dependent on the doctor, as well as on the artist who will make the veneers. Therefore, pay attention to the experience, reviews, as well as work of the dentist at whom you want to put veneers on your teeth.

author
ALEKSANDR MAKAROV
Dentist, surgeon, orthopedist

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