The Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers are very thin shells of ceramic bonded to the front of the teeth. They are usually used to hide discolored, chipped, or broken teeth, and can be placed on children and/or adults.

The Pros
• Veneers improve your smile. Veneers mask most discolored or chipped teeth while whitening your original teeth under the porcelain veneer, giving you a brighter, more confident everyday smile.
• Veneers can be done in two visits. The placing of veneers is fairly quick and is done without anesthesia, making it an outpatient procedure.
• Veneers’ effects can be immediate and long-lasting. Veneers immediately correct broken, chipped, or fractured teeth and last for 20 years, on average.
• Veneers look like natural teeth. The porcelain used to cover the tooth is made from similar materials as our actual teeth, giving them a natural look. They are also coated with a glass-like stain-resistant surface so the veneers stay white long-term.

The Cons
• High cost. Most veneers are expensive. Each single veneer costs between $1000 and $1500. If you multiply that by the number of teeth you need to get veneered, it can be quite expensive.
• Permanence. Veneers are a fairly permanent dental procedure as it is nearly impossible to reverse the procedure after it has been done, but studies have shown that it is a very small number of patients who ever actually decide they want their procedure reversed.
• Tooth sensitivity. Many people with veneers experience mild tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks.
• Fragility. While porcelain veneers are tough, they are still fragile and are not invincible.