Pros and Cons
It’s understandable that most people would be in favour of a perfectly white, flawless smile – especially those that suffer obvious dental problems, but even the most highly-skilled cosmetic dentists will tell you that it’s a good idea to take some time out before deciding on treatment, to make sure the procedure is right for you. Veneers are very popular in the UK and all over the world, but that doesn’t mean you should rush off and book an appointment to have your teeth treated without first considering the positive and negative aspects associated with such procedures.
If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t think about getting veneers to fix the problems, but you should be aware that the process can require extensive reconstruction of the natural teeth and it is invariably very expensive. Read on to learn more about the benefits and down sides of teeth veneers.
What are the good things about teeth veneers?
They will improve your smile – Undoubtedly, the best thing about dental veneers is that they can change the appearance of your teeth for the better. Lots of people who have issues with their teeth will find that this problem spills over into other areas of their lives, preventing them from socialising or smiling in public situations. Furthermore, most adults who have misaligned or badly stained teeth are not very enthusiastic about wearing braces for any length of time, even with the modern brace systems available today. Fortunately, veneers can help with a variety of dental problems, from discolouration to crowding, spacing, and enamel damage. Not only will veneers provide a flawless finish, they will do so in a matter of weeks, where orthodontic treatment could take months – or even years.
They look natural – Top-quality, well-placed veneers can look as natural as the real thing – which is certainly the point of the treatment for most patients. Hard-wearing veneers are made from treated porcelain that can stand up to the pressure of daily wear and tear for ten years or longer, without requiring any major upkeep. The porcelain used to create veneers is matched in shade and proportion to the rest of the teeth and the shape of the patient’s mouth, to make sure they end up with a natural-looking, significantly improved smile. More expensive products like Lumineers can also be coated with a translucent substance that makes them even stronger and gives them the appearance of real enamel – it might not sound like it could make them look so natural, but the difference is obvious in the outcome.
It’s worth noting that composite veneers are not always as natural-looking as porcelain ones, simply because the material is of a lower quality; compared to porcelain veneers, composite laminates are prone to staining, have a more synthetic appearance, and won’t last as long as the alternatives.
They are versatile – As mentioned earlier, there are a variety of problems that can be fixed using veneers, which makes them a very versatile tool for use in the world of dentistry. Although it might first appear that these issues are completely cosmetic, there are some cases where veneers can be very helpful medically, for example, if a patient has deep dental staining that won’t respond to a whitening treatment, the teeth need to be protected from further damage, in order to avoid extensive decay and extractions. Veneers are not just used to improve the appearance of the teeth either, they can change the size, shape, proportion, position, and bite, to give the patient a healthier, more attractive smile.
What are the bad things about teeth veneers?
Price – The biggest barrier that most people come across during treatment is money; high-quality, durable veneers are very costly and could be as much as a thousand pounds just for one veneer – which puts a full set at a very high price. It’s quite common for some patients to pay upwards of twenty thousand pounds for the latest porcelain veneers, which is a number that most working people in the UK can’t afford. Although budgets can be constraining, there are options; a finance plan can help you pay for your treatment at an affordable monthly rate. For more information on how you can break down the cost of teeth veneers, call the Pearl Dental Clinic and speak to an adviser today.
The treatment is irreversible – Unless you go for the expensive, durable variety, your teeth will have to reshaped to some extent before the veneers can be fitted. This is a fairly standard procedure, but it does render the process irreversible. During the first of two appointments, the surgeon will cut away small sections of the enamel to make room for the porcelain shells; this usually reduces the shape and size of the natural teeth considerably. Because dental veneers don’t last forever, you need to think carefully about your financial state before making a decision; will you be able to afford the upkeep down the line? If you don’t have the money to replace your veneers, you could be left with unattractive, peg-like teeth.
The dentist needs to have some skill – Given the examples shown on makeover shows on TV, you would be forgiven for thinking that the process of fitting veneers is quick and simple – any dentist can do it can’t they? Actually it takes a high level of skill and training to correctly mould and prepare patients teeth, and it’s not just a question of sticking the shells on the teeth and then polishing them. It’s important to find a suitable dentist to fit your veneers, and always ask to see some examples of their previous work – even if they have the necessary skills, they might provide a look that you are not on board with. If they are reluctant to show any examples of past patients, then you should look elsewhere for treatment.
It’s also a good idea to question the credentials of prospective clinics before you agree to anything, you don’t want to put your teeth in the hands of someone who is not certified to provide such treatments. Products like Lumineers and Emax will require a surgery to register with the manufacturers, to ensure that all patients are receiving the genuine article, not a cheap knock off.