Go on… if you’re considering cosmetic dentistry especially dental veneers, why not ask the question that’s on everyone’s lips “are veneers worth it?”
The answer to this question is not so much about the dentistry or the cost but more about you. The answer will vary from one person to another; but what we can say for sure is that each of us places a different value on our smile, health and appearance.
It also has to be remembered that everyone has a different starting point – so what might be a good option for one patient may not be suitable for another.
Do your research
If you’re reading this post, then you are at least carrying out some form of research. But don’t just look at the intricacies and technicalities of dental veneers but also consider your smile goals. What are you looking to achieve and why? Think about what it is your dislike about your smile and how dental veneers could possibly help.
Depending on how you answer this question can help you determine if veneers are worth it for you
Spend some time looking at examples of smiles you like and read up on options in dentistry used to correct various dental issues. While practically any celebrity smile you see could be yours with expertly placed porcelain veneers, it may not be the perfect smile for you.
Try and evaluate the things you like and dislike about your smile. It could be things like the alignment, the size, the shape, the colour, worn teeth …. the list goes on. Just be honest with yourself, after all, you are considering porcelain veneers to try and better yourself, and there’s no shame in that.
So, what can you expect if after much self-reflection you decide to move forward to achieve your perfect smile?
Dental veneers consultation
A thorough oral examination will be carried out which may include x-rays and photos.
An initial consultation is always necessary for any cosmetic dentistry treatment and porcelain veneers are no different. This is a chance for you and the dentist to build a rapport and for you to talk about your smile goals and concerns. Our dentist will also share any suggestions they have as there may be alternatives to dental veneers that will help you reach your goal.
It will also be determined during this consultation if you are a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers. Patients that make good candidates for dental veneers are those with pristine oral health and no TMJ issues.
From here, digital impressions will be used to create a model or digital imaging of the proposed outcome. This is based on smile aesthetics and any special patient requests. Once your ‘smile’ has been approved, the next step is to create a treatment plan and give an estimation of the costs involved.
Typically, dental veneers can be completed in just two dental appointments.
The first visit
This is to reshape and reduce the teeth so that the veneers don’t appear bulky. Removing some of the tooth enamel also helps the veneers bond to the tooth surface. Impressions are then taken from which the dental lab will make your custom veneers. The patient will be issued with a set of temporary porcelain veneers to wear while they wait for their permanent ones to be ready.
The 2nd visit
During this appointment, temporary veneers will be removed and your permanent porcelain veneers will be tried on. If the fit is good and you like what you see, the veneers will be firmly cemented and become at one with the teeth beneath.
Are veneers worth it? Is there anyone who maybe shouldn’t have them?
Ultimately, the success of dental veneers is down to expectations. The objectives of the treatment should be thoroughly discussed before getting porcelain veneers to ensure that both dentist and patient are envisaging the same result.
Sometimes, there’s a misconception that having a perfect smile will automatically make a person feel happier but sadly, that isn’t always the case. If you’re generally not feeling happy with life or with yourself, then there is probably more to it than your smile.
Are porcelain veneers worth it – What can they really do for my smile?
Veneers can make subtle changes or dramatically alter your smile depending on how many teeth you choose to veneer. If only a few teeth are veneered, it limits the changes that can be made since the colour and the shape will need to harmonise with the adjacent teeth that have not been veneered.
For a dramatic change in the shape and colour of the teeth, it’s recommended to veneer all the teeth that show in the smile line.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Veneers should on average last between 10 and 15 years and will usually need replacing after that time because of their age, cosmetic issues, or decay. Because tooth enamel is removed to install veneers, there is no turning back and reverting to your old smile. If you want veneers that aren’t as permanent, then composite veneers that are bonded directly to the teeth may be a better option.
So, are dental veneers worth it? Reveal the answer
The answer is that it depends on YOU. Now you know more about dental veneers, what’s involved and the pitfalls, it’s up to you to decide.
If you’re interested in finding out more about veneers and whether they can help you achieve your perfect smile, then why not schedule a consultation with the experienced team at Dental 266.
Call us now on (02) 9051 0600.