The pros and cons of dental veneers

August 15, 2016

Many of our patients want to know more about the pros and cons of certain treatments.

Here we give you more information on dental veneers, so you can be sure what they would mean for you.

Porcelain dental veneers are often considered the ‘gold standard’ of cosmetic dentistry for a number of reasons. They are one of the most aesthetic cosmetic treatments available and can solve a range of problems from tooth size to shade to position.

Porcelain veneer treatment can completely transform a smile, taking an embarrassed smile to full confidence in under 3 weeks. Veneers can change the colour, position and shape of the teeth in a way that braces or whitening simply cannot.

Porcelain veneers are also strong and durable and often last for many years. One of our patients, Ric, has his veneers fitted 14 years ago and they still look as good as new.

In some cases, no preparation of the tooth is necessary, but often a small degree of preparation of your natural tooth is needed before porcelain veneers can be fitted. This preparation is just in the enamel layer of the tooth.  This may lead to transient sensitivity of the tooth but with care and attention the effects of this sensitivity can be reduced. A risk is that the nerve may die and that a root canal treatment may be indicated.

Veneers on average last approx 10-15 years. If your veneers are not well maintained with good oral hygiene, the gums may start to recede, and the margins and roots become visible, and so the veneers may need replacing.  Veneers are also easy to care for as they require no more care and attention that your natural teeth. So as long as you’re remembering to brush and use a variety of interdental cleaning methods, you won’t need to change your oral hygiene routine too much.

Are porcelain veneers for you?

If the position of your teeth is your only concern, then orthodontics may be a better alternative. If the colour of your enamel is your only issue, then teeth whitening may be the answer. If you want just minor changes in the shape of your teeth, then composite bonding might be more suitable. But if you want whiter, brighter, glossier, straighter teeth with improved shape within 3 weeks and you are happy to have minimal preparation and possibly replace your restorations every 10-15 years, then porcelain veneers could be the treatment of choice for you.

If you would like to discuss porcelain veneers with one of our highly experienced dentists, call 01904 639667 to arrange your FREE consultation.

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