Porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile. In simple terms, veneers are very thin pieces of tooth-colored porcelain that are bonded to the facial side of teeth in order to correct an aesthetic or physical problem with a tooth. Because porcelain veneers in Washington require permanently altering your teeth, you need to consider the pros and cons of this cosmetic treatment. Here they are.
The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
If maintaining a white smile is a difficult challenge for you, then porcelain veneers may be an ideal option because they are largely stain-resistant. Many of the foods and beverages we enjoy such as berries, tomatoes, coffee, tea, red wine—as well as cigarettes and other tobacco products—can leave teeth looking yellow or even brown. Teeth whitening may help, but the process needs to be repeated. Veneers, on the other hand, offer a permanent fix to a dull colored smile.
Sometimes, porcelain veneers are called instant orthodontics. Why? Because they can camouflage teeth that are slightly crooked or gapped. So instead of wearing orthodontic braces for a year or more, veneers instantly correct problem teeth. Although veneers don’t change the position of crooked teeth, they do hide them so they don’t interfere with your perfect smile.
Finally, teeth that have lost enamel may need veneers. Enamel, the hard outer coating that covers your teeth, is protective and gives your smile a beautiful sheen. And while enamel is hard, it can be worn away by aggressive brushing, highly acidic foods and drinks, as well as stomach acid that can end up in your mouth because of acid reflux disease. Enamel doesn’t grow back, but porcelain veneers can be an excellent replacement.
The Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers
First, in order to place veneers, your cosmetic dentist in Washington needs to remove a slim layer of enamel. This permanently alters the structure of a tooth, which will always require some sort of protective covering.
Secondly, an increase in tooth sensitivity can be an issue for some people after they get porcelain veneers. You may need to avoid hot or cold foods and beverages for the first few days after you get veneers. The problem usually goes away on its own. If not, your dentist in Washington can recommend toothpaste for sensitivity.
Finally, porcelain veneers are not inexpensive and they are rarely covered by dental insurance. While the overall cost will depend on the number of teeth you have restored, the average cost per veneer is more than $1,000.
If you’d like to learn more about the possibility of porcelain veneers for your smile, call our office today.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Mace is a dentist in Washington, MO. He and his staff are committed to ensuring the health, beauty and longevity of your smile. If you’d like to learn more about porcelain veneers or another cosmetic dentistry service, contact us today.