Are you yearning for the perfect smile? If so, dental veneers are probably on your radar. Veneers are an increasingly popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry, transforming countless smiles around the globe every year. But are dental veneers a good choice for you?

Dental veneers are used for a variety of reasons, but most frequently to address various physical and cosmetic tooth issues. Veneers can mask broken, damaged, or misshapen teeth and cover permanent or hereditary discolouration, making them an attractive option for people who can’t achieve the perfect smile through dental hygiene alone. Continue reading to learn more about dental veneers, from the pros and cons, to the cost.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of tooth-coloured material, usually porcelain or ceramic, that are fixed to your tooth fronts with a form of cement. Typically, dental veneers come in three types.

• Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are the most durable and attractive options but are also the most expensive. Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will cast for your veneers during a consultation and apply them later with cement and UV light.
• Composite veneers: Composite veneers are less popular. They are less expensive than porcelain veneers, but also less durable.
• Direct veneers: Direct veneers are your cheapest and quickest option and can be fully applied the same day as your consultation. Direct veneers are crafted by your dentist directly on to your teeth, using a specialised resin layering technique.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

Dental veneers offer a variety of benefits for people in search of the perfect smile.
1. Veneers look very similar to real teeth, because the reflection of porcelain veneers convincingly mimics that of your real tooth enamel.
2. Veneers are very durable, with lifespans that can last as long as two decades.
3. Veneers are resistant to stains. Just like glass, porcelain can be simply wiped clean of stains and build-up, making them a great solution for a permanently white smile.
4. Veneers offer instant results. Because they can be applied in as little as a single day, veneers are a white smile that doesn’t require months or even years of bleaching, fluoride treatments, and heavy dental cleaning.
5. Veneers give you the confidence of a better, whiter smile. Veneers can do more than make your teeth appear whiter. They can also be used to correct mild orthodontic issues and physical damage to your teeth. The result is a smile you can be proud of.

What are the disadvantages of dental veneers?

While veneers offer plenty of upside, you should also be aware of the potential drawbacks.
1. Veneers are permanent. A layer of enamel is removed from your tooth fronts in order to properly cement the veneers in place. That lost enamel cannot be restored, so your decision to get veneers is irreversible.
2. Veneers can heighten your teeth sensitivity. Due to the removal of enamel, your teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods. If you already suffered from heightened teeth sensitivity, veneers could make the sensation particularly uncomfortable.
3. Your teeth will yellow with age. Your veneers wont. Teeth yellow naturally over time, but because your veneers won’t, you may wind up with inconsistencies in the colour of your smile. Don’t think veneers give you pass on dental hygiene. Good dental habits become more important with veneers, not less.

Find out more about dental veneers with Auckland’s best dental clinic

Dental veneers aren’t for everybody, but they may be just right for you. To find out more about the procedure, contact Chapel Park Dental today to book a dental veneers consultation.