If you’re not happy with your smile because of stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth, your dentist can help. You may have several treatment options to improve the color, shape, size, strength, or length of your teeth.
Because the preparation of the tooth (i.e. grinding) for veneers is irreversible, you and your dentist should discuss whether they’re the best solution to improve your appearance. Some of the reasons dental veneers can make sense are:
Veneers don’t change color. This can lead to differences in the appearance of your smile when the rest of your teeth naturally change over time. However, regular visits to the dentist can help you stay on top of this issue.
Porcelain is delicate, so veneers are more prone to chipping and cracking than crowns or fillings. If you bite your nails, grind your teeth, or chew on ice, veneers may not be the best solution if you can’t break those habits.
Finally, teeth can still decay while they are under a veneer, which can lead to root canals and crowns down the road. Veneers should not be used if you have a history of weakened enamel, gum disease, or other dental conditions.
Veneers typically last 7-15 years before they need to be replaced. You should check your benefits to see if veneers are covered.