Dental veneers are a convenient way to cover your natural teeth and address dental problems, but they are also permanent — so you should never think of getting them on a whim. Before you get dental veneers, here’s everything you need to know to decide if they’re the best option for you.
Great Alternative to Bleaching
If you want whiter teeth without the need to undergo regular tooth whitening treatments, this may be a good alternative. While teeth whitening treatments can remove discoloration from dark foods like coffee or wine, if you continue eating and drinking those foods, you’ll need another teeth whitening treatment to maintain the results. With veneers, you’ll enjoy a bright, white smile for longer.
Fix Minor Cosmetic Issues
Veneers may be a good alternative to orthodontic treatment when you have crooked teeth or a gap between teeth. Major dental problems can’t be fixed with veneers, so you may want to consult with an orthodontist to decide which is a better option for you.
Replace Damaged Enamel
Dental veneers may be a good option to replace enamel that has become damaged from aggressive tooth brushing or acidic foods and beverages. Since lost or damaged enamel does not grow back, it’s essential that you do something to replace the damaged area. Veneers are a good option because they are permanent, perform well, and look attractive.
Veneers are pricey, with the average cost for a single veneer around $1,300 in 2017. Cost will vary depending on the location of your dentist and the number of teeth you want restored. If there is another treatment that will work for you, your dentist may suggest it so that you have alternatives to veneers.
When deciding what dental treatment best meets your needs, think through the benefits you will receive as well as the downsides. Something permanent, like a veneer, may be a more cost-effective solution in the long run even though the up-front cost is higher.
May Increase Teeth Sensitivity
One side effect of getting veneers is increased tooth sensitivity. For most patients, this is noticeable for a few days after getting dental veneers; after that point, sensitivity tends to decrease. Special toothpastes can reduce the irritation of sensitivity, which are uncomfortable feelings whenever you eat or drink hot or cold items, and protect your enamel.
For some people, the permanent nature of veneers is a big plus while others aren’t so sure they want something that lasts forever. In some cases, a dentist may need to trim the enamel on surrounding teeth so the veneer can fit correctly. Any time the nature of your mouth is going to change permanently, it’s important that you find someone you trust to do the work.
Schedule a Consultation
Our Tampa dentist helps patients with dental veneers and other cosmetic treatments. We would be happy to evaluate whether you’re a fit for veneers and answer any questions you have. Reserve your appointment today.