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Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers can be a great way to improve the appearance of your smile. Whether you are unsatisfied with the natural shape, spacing, coloration or length of your teeth or if you have had a procedure that affects the appearance of your teeth, dental veneers may be the solution you are seeking.

A few of the advantages of dental veneers include:

  • Natural-looking solution to improving the aesthetics of teeth
  • No extensive shaping is required prior to placement
  • Longstanding success in altering a tooth’s shape and color
  • No special care or treatment required
  • Can last up to 10 years or more with proper care

Each material type used in the procedure also has its own distinct advantages:

Porcelain veneers

are more natural in appearance due to the material’s light-reflecting properties. They also have better stain resistance than veneers made from resin composite materials. Other advantages of porcelain include better tolerance by gum tissues and colors that lighten the appearance of dark teeth.

Resin veneers

have the advantage of requiring less tooth surface to be removed prior to placement. This is because resin veneers are thinner than porcelain.

Our experts at San Diego’s Center for Dental Restorations can help you determine if veneers are the best option for you, as well as what material is best suited for you based on your distinct dental needs.

Some disadvantages of dental veneers include:

  • A higher cost than composite resin bonding
  • The process of bonding veneers to teeth cannot be reversed
  • Repairing veneers is difficult if chipped or broken
  • Removing enamel for placement may increase a tooth’s sensitivity
  • The color of the veneer cannot be altered after placement
  • Veneers are subject to decay and damage if not properly cared for

Veneers are not recommended for people who clench or grind teeth. They should also not be placed if the tooth is unhealthy or too weak to provide necessary support.

To learn if dental veneers are right for you, give us a call. We will be glad to assist you in finding the best solution to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.