No, veneers (dental veneers) do not ruin your teeth. In fact, they improve the appearance of damaged or flawed teeth. Only a small, thin tooth structure is removed to make way for the veneers. Even if the veneer cracks, you can repair the damage by getting a new veneer. Make sure you get the veneer fitted on your teeth from a qualified and experienced dentist.
With traditional porcelain veneers, the tooth structure is permanently altered to give you a good-looking smile.
What are the types of dental veneers?
Dental veneers are made either from porcelain or composite resin material. Accordingly, they are of two types: porcelain veneers and composite veneers.
Once they are fitted into your teeth, composite veneers (also known as composite bonding) can be removed. Hence, the procedure involving composite veneers is completely reversible. Porcelain veneers are permanent and cannot be removed. They are also costlier than the composite ones. Your dentist will do your dental checkup and suggest you the right one among the two.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Veneers are tooth-shaped shells that dentists place on the front of your natural teeth to hide any flaws. These flaws can be:
- Damaged teeth due to erosion or grinding
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Stained or yellow teeth that fail to respond to whitening treatment (veneers are stain-resistant)
The veneers help change the shape, size, and color of the teeth to give you a better smile.
What happens before the veneer procedure?
Your dentist will check your teeth to see if you can get veneers on them. Your teeth X-ray will be taken to see if there is any issue beneath them. If they think that you cannot use them for your teeth, they will suggest other cosmetic dentistry options such as composite veneers, dental bonding, or orthodontic treatments.
Your dentist will take a digital smile preview to show how your smile will look after you get the veneers. For this, they will take a picture of your face and digitally edit the teeth. You can see the picture of how the veneers will look on your teeth. Then you can finally decide whether you want to go for the procedure or not.
Most insurance companies cover 50% of the total cost of the procedure. But make sure you ask your dentist and check your insurance policy or ask the insurance company.
Depending upon the severity of your flaw, you can get 1-12 veneers on your teeth.
The color of your veneer is usually decided by the dentist. Most people get a veneer with a whiter shade than the present color of their teeth. You can follow up with a teeth-whitening treatment to match the veneer color.