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Know Your Dental Veneers Pros and Cons

Veneers 1 in Rochester, MN by Dr. Jim Gores of Lakeside Dentistry

Dental veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments we offer. Our Rochester, MN dentists use them to repair congenital defects like teeth that are too small, as well as teeth that have been damaged by injury, decay, or wear-and-tear. Because of this, we’re quite bullish on veneers.

That said, they aren’t right for everyone. In some cases, a different dental restoration is a better choice than a veneer. The best way to find out if veneers are right for your smile is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. They’ll review all of your options with you and ensure you choose one that is a great fit for your needs. To book a consultation, call 507-316-6444.

In the meantime, we’ve provided an overview of dental veneers pros and cons for you here. They may give you an idea of some questions you’d like to ask our dentists.

Dental Veneers Pros

Veneers are a great way to solve multiple problems with a single treatment, which is one of their biggest advantages. We can use them to change the shape, size, color, and alignment of teeth. When applied to the front surfaces of teeth, they can conceal:

  • Stains
  • Chips
  • Uneven edges
  • Small gaps
  • Minor cracks

They can even lengthen the look of too-short teeth and hide crooked or misshapen teeth. Their versatility isn’t the only good thing about veneers, though! They are also:

  • Natural looking. Your teeth will look better, but still natural. Porcelain veneers, in particular, will blend in seamlessly with your smile.
  • Long lasting. With proper care, veneers can last for well over a decade.
  • Stain resistant. Porcelain veneers are impervious to stains. They resist discoloration from drinking coffee or wine or smoking cigarettes.
  • Fairly non-invasive. Compared to dental crowns, our dentists won’t have to alter your teeth as much. Depending on the type of veneer you choose, they usually have to remove only a small amount of your enamel to prepare teeth for veneers.

Dental Veneers Cons

Dental veneers are not inexpensive. So cost will almost certainly be a consideration. Other possible disadvantages are:

  • Not as strong as some options. While veneers will help fortify your teeth and protect them from damage, they are not as strong as a dental crown.
  • Can’t be used for some teeth. We use veneers primarily for front teeth. They aren’t a good choice for teeth that must handle a lot of chewing force.
  • Irreversible. Because your teeth are modified in preparation for veneers, the process is permanent. Fortunately, very few people want to return their smile appearance’s to its pre-veneers state. Removing enamel also sometimes increases your teeth’s sensitivity to hot and cold.

Choose From Two Kinds of Veneers

At our Rochester, MN dental office, you can choose from two kinds of dental veneers: porcelain or composite. Again, our dentists can walk you through the considerations for each type of veneer. But we’ve outlined some of the differences for you.

Porcelain veneers more closely resemble natural teeth. However, they cost more than composite veneers, often twice as much. They are made at an off-site dental lab. We’ll take impressions of your teeth and other measurements and determine the optimal shade. We send that information to the lab where your veneers are manufactured. So the dental veneers process requires two or three visits to our office.

In contrast, we can make composite veneers for you in our office. So it’s possible to get them in a single visit. They also require less alteration of your teeth. It’s also easier for us to repair them if they chip or sustain other damage. They don’t last as long as porcelain veneers, however.

Can Anyone Get Veneers?

While most people are good candidates for veneers, there are exceptions. You may not want to get veneers if:

  • Your oral health isn’t good. If you have cavities or gum disease, our dentists will suggest fixing those issues before you can consider veneers.
  • You have weak teeth. If you’re missing a lot of tooth structure or you have large dental fillings, a dental crown may work better for your smile.
  • You lack enough enamel. If you don’t have adequate enamel, we won’t be able to attach dental veneers to your teeth. Again, a dental crown may be a better choice.
  • Your teeth are poorly aligned. For teeth with significant alignment issues, we will likely suggest an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign.
  • You clench or grind your teeth. Grinding or clenching your teeth can damage veneers, much as these habits also damage natural teeth. If you grind or clench in your sleep, our dentists can create a custom night guard for you that gently repositions your jaw and prevents dental damage.

If you’re interested in dental veneers or any of our other cosmetic dental treatments, call Lakeside Dentistry at 507-316-6444.

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