How exciting! You’re considering getting veneers! You have no idea how amazing the transformation will be once you’ve enhanced your smile with veneers. You will have a strong, natural-looking smile that feels great and is color-stable.
There are always things to consider when making a decision and here are some things we think are important to consider when getting veneers:
1. What material is the dentist using for the veneers that are being proposed for you? There are veneers that are made with composite and veneers made with porcelain. Composite is a tooth-colored filling material that is like a plastic. The surface of composite is porous and tends to pick up stains. Composite is less expensive than porcelain, so if the savings are passed on to you, you might consider the immediate savings a benefit, even though you will probably want to replace your veneers in a few years because of the staining. Sometimes the savings are not passed on to the patient, so be careful you aren’t paying porcelain fees, and not getting porcelain.
2. How much tooth structure has to be removed for the veneers that are being proposed for you? Sometimes little or no tooth structure has to be removed to make porcelain veneers. When your teeth are relatively straight and you want to change the color of your teeth, or fill in gaps between teeth, or fix chipped or broken teeth, the dentist doesn’t have to remove much tooth structure, if any. If your teeth are crooked, very often the dentist has to remove more tooth structure to even out the smile. Make sure you understand whether or not your veneers are a reversible procedure because little or no tooth structure has to be removed, or non- reversible, which means enough tooth has to be removed so that you will always have to have a veneer to replace what will be removed.
3. Does the dentist proposing the veneers have experience in preparing your teeth for both kinds of veneers? It takes more experience on the dentist’s part to prepare the teeth for non-reversible veneers.
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