Dr. Jennifer Vitarelli

3 Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers – Should You Get One?

One of the safest and quickest ways to address a variety of aesthetic and physical problems in the tooth can be addressed with dental veneers. Veneers are constructed using porcelain that is cemented to the front of the natural teeth to hide away discoloration and damage.

Since veneers are permanent, it is a good idea to know about the pros and cons of both the veneers and the procedure itself before you decide to get them. Here are 3 pros and cons of dental veneers.

Pros of Dental Veneers

They Can Whiten Your Smile

  • If you drink a lot of coffee or smoke more than 5 cigarettes a day, then you will probably have discolored teeth. Discoloration of teeth can turn your smile unattractive with shades of brown and yellow. 

This is due to enamel becoming stained after long exposure to pigmented food and drinks. Although the problem can be addressed with dental bleaching or at-home bleaching, a far easier way to whiten your teeth to bright pearly whites is to get porcelain veneers

  • Getting teeth bleached only works for a set period of time but veneers can resist stains for a very long period of time simply because they are stain-resistant. So if you get dental veneers, you’ll never have to worry about your teeth becoming yellow or brown. 

They Can Replace The Damaged Enamel

  • Enamel is very strong but not invincible. The outer most layer of the teeth can easily be worn down by exposing it to acidic food and drinks such as coffee. Sometimes vigorous brushing can also damage the enamel.

Because lost enamel can never grow back, it is a good idea to get veneers to protect the enamel from further damage or erosion. 

They Can Resolve Minor Cosmetic Concerns

  • Got crooked, chipped or damaged teeth? Although these concerns can be resolved by wearing braces or dental bridges, they can be resolved with veneers aswell. Dental veneers that are attached to the front surface of your teeth ensure that the teeth will never change their position. 

They actually cover up common orthodontic problems when they are applied to a chipped tooth. The natural teeth under them will remain chipped or damaged but at least no one will be able to tell that you’ve got bad teeth. 

  • You have to keep in mind that veneers are not capable of hiding away all aesthetic problems of the mouth. Your dentist may recommend other cosmetic dentistry procedures if your main aim is to improve your smile. 

Cons of Dental Veneers

Your Teeth May Become Sensitive

  • Some people report increased teeth sensitivity immediately after getting dental veneers. You may start feeling pain while eating or drinking hot or cold food or beverages for a few days immediately after the procedure.

But this pain usually goes away with time. If tooth sensitivity is particularly uncomfortable for you, then you should avoid getting dental veneers in the first place. 

Veneers are Permanent and Irreversible

Dental veneers are permanent because your dentist needs to change the very structure of your natural teeth in order to place the veneers on them. In some cases, the enamel is removed before the veneers are placed.

The Procedure can be Costly

  • Depending on where you live, dental veneers can be expensive to put on. Thankfully, at Vitarelli Dental, we offer the most affordable dental veneer procedure in Saddle River and Madison. 

Talk to us today to learn what your options are. We’ll let you know exactly how much it will cost to cover your teeth with veneers. You can then decide whether you should go for the procedure or not. 

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