What Are the Disadvantages of Dental Veneers?

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Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic procedure. Made from wafer-thin porcelain shells, veneers cover the front of a tooth and hide imperfections. Many people dream of getting them and having the perfect smile, but are there disadvantages you should know about? Here are the main ones:

The Veneer Process Can’t Be Reversed

Dental veneers are a permanent cosmetic treatment. Why? When we apply them, we have to shave off a bit of your tooth enamel so the veneers don’t look bulky. When cared for, veneers last 16-20 years, but if they become damaged, they must be replaced. You can’t go back to not having veneers.

Veneers Can Break

Veneers, especially porcelain ones, are very durable. They are still vulnerable to damage, however. You’ll want to be careful about biting hard foods, grinding your teeth, and playing sports. If the break is severe, we’ll need to replace the whole veneer.

You Can Still Get Tooth Decay

Veneers themselves don’t get cavities, but the natural tooth beneath them still can. Luckily, you don’t need to adopt any complex cleaning routines if you have veneers. Keep brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for routine cleanings and exams. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Floss once a day.

Veneers Are Expensive

For many people, the cost is the main issue with veneers. They tend to be the most expensive cosmetic procedure you can get. Specific prices vary, but veneers can cost as much as thousands of dollars per tooth. The other consideration is that many insurance plans don’t cover cosmetic procedures, in which case you’ll be responsible for most of (or all) the cost. At our office, we offer CareCredit, senior discounts, discounts for payment in full, and other financial options!

Dental Veneers at High Point Dentistry in Illinois

Dental veneers are a permanent, pricey cosmetic procedure. For many people, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages! If you decide you want to transform your smile with veneers, we’re here to explain everything you need to know, including the cost. Please contact one of our office locations in Elgin, Schaumburg, or Palatine for more information or to book a consultation with Dr. Kong.

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