Are Veneers the Right Choice for Your Smile?
At Shoreline Dental Care, we get a lot of patients who ask whether getting veneers is a good choice for their personal smile goals.
You may have heard a lot about dental veneers. Are they right for you? To find out, you’ll need a little more information about the treatment process and exactly what veneers are used for.
What are veneers?
A porcelain laminate veneer is like a slim ceramic glove that fits seamlessly over the front of your tooth.
Dental veneers fall into the cosmetic category of dentistry. This means you wouldn’t necessarily get a veneer to fix a decayed tooth. Rather, you might opt for a veneer if you wanted to improve the look of your smile.
Veneers: Pros and Cons
Have you ever resurfaced a floor or driveway?
Such projects involve taking up the old or damaged top layer and applying a new one. This enhances the look of the end result.
Something similar happens when you get a veneer: our dentist replaces a thin outer layer of your tooth enamel with a new porcelain “surface.”
The veneer process results in a gorgeous new smile. But it also has a few drawbacks to consider.
Pros of veneers:
- Completely mask stained, crooked, gapped, or rough teeth
- Fastest way to improve your smile
- Results can motivate you to maintain good oral hygiene
- Enhance your confidence and self-esteem
Cons of veneers:
- Only meant for fully developed teeth (ideal for older teens & adults)
- Permanent procedure, so if a veneer is damaged, it must be replaced
- Doesn’t provide restorative protection or stability of a crown
- Enamel must be removed
Do You Need Dental Veneers?
If you’re interested in the benefits of a beautiful new smile, then veneers can help you reach that goal — but only if a tooth is structurally stable.
A thorough examination and consultation is the only way to find out what your teeth really need. By looking at your teeth, our Milford dentist can determine whether or not a veneer is a good idea. If it turns out that you shouldn’t get veneers, that’s okay – you still have many other options to choose from!
Looking for a Milford cosmetic dentist who offers dental veneers? Call Shoreline Dental Care today to schedule a smile consultation.