Since veneers are applied ov top of your natural teeth and the process is painless, some people make the mistake of thinking getting veneers is no big deal. While veneers do work out for many patients, they are not as simple of a solution as they initially seem. Before you jump on the veneer bandwagon, make sure you've taken the time to carefully think through this decision, and that you've considered the following factors.
Once you have had veneers applied, you must keep them for life.
In order to apply veneers, your dentist first has to shave off a thin layer of your tooth enamel. For this reason, once veneers are in place, you need to keep them for the rest of your life. Yes, you can have them replaced with new veneers if you don't like the color of the first ones or you accidentally chip one, but you can't simply decide to go back to your natural teeth one day. For most patients who are getting veneers because their teeth are badly discolored, crooked or chipped, this factor holds little influence on their decision. However, if you're having veneers applied to cover a minor defect, you should carefully consider whether you're ready to make a lifelong commitment to having veneers.
Some people have tooth sensitivity following veneer application.
Because of the layer of enamel that is removed, some patients find that their teeth are sensitive to heat and cold following veneer application. For most patients, this sensitivity subsides within a few weeks or months, but for a small number, it remains a lifelong symptom. Weigh this risk (albeit small) against your need to have a brighter smile.
You'll have to watch what you eat in order to prevent stains and chips.
No, having veneers is not a life sentence to a restrictive diet of smoothies and yogurt. However, you will want to watch your intake of crunchy foods like hard candy and nuts, since eating these things may chip your veneers. You'll also want to steer clear of coffee and red wine, or else your teeth may become stained. The veneers themselves won't stain, but they may become very obvious if the surrounding teeth become stained and they're still bright white.
Many people achieve the smiles of their dreams with veneers, and if your smile is desperately in need of an upgrade, you should not let the factors above dissuade you. However, it's important to go into the procedure knowing what to expect. Veneers are not like fake fingernails – they're a life-long commitment. Talk to a dentist like P. Jeffrey Lowe, DMD, PA for more information.