Is it Worth it to Get Dental Veneers?
When you’re considering any dental procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have a dental procedure is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having dental veneers placed on your teeth. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Dental Veneers: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential dental procedure with your own dentist.
Any procedure has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. With veneers, there is the risk that you’ll experience tooth sensitivity after the procedure. This risk is greater with traditional porcelain veneers than with Lumineers, because enamel has to be removed for the placement of porcelain veneers. For many people, the sensitivity goes away after a few weeks, but it may be permanent in some patients.
Additionally, because enamel is removed for porcelain veneers, if your veneers are later removed (by your choice, or if they break, become discolored, or for any other reason aren’t functioning well), then you’ll need an alternative covering for your teeth. This could be new veneers or bonding.
Veneers can last for decades, but they don’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll need to replace your veneers. With Lumineers, if enamel was not removed to place them, you can simply choose to remove them and go back to your natural teeth (whatever they look like), or you can choose new veneers. With porcelain veneers, this isn’t an option. When the new round of porcelain veneers is placed, there will need to be removal of additional enamel; some people might not have enough enamel to remove it more than once, so placement of a second set of veneers may not be an option, forcing the choice of bonding or crowns instead. Check with your dentist to determine whether he or she expects you to have enough enamel for a second set of veneers.
If you have discolored teeth, then you may feel bad about your smile. You may suffer a loss of self-esteem, and may choose to hide your teeth when you talk or smile. Dental veneers can bring back your confidence and allow you to smile freely. If you’re in a job that requires a lot of social contact, you may find that veneers give you a professional advantage by improving your image. Many who are in the public eye, such as actors, models, and singers, have discreetly and successfully had veneers placed.
The cost of dental veneers is around $500 to $1,300 per tooth, with Lumineers being somewhat more expensive than traditional porcelain veneers. The cost varies between dentists and in different regions, so check with the dentist you’re considering to find out the exact price. For more detail, please visit our Dental Veneers Cost page.