Dental veneers are a great way to improve your smile, especially if your teeth are chipped, malformed, very discolored, or cannot be whitened. The biggest advantage of dental veneers is their ability to create straighter, whiter teeth that look natural and can last for years. Porcelain and composite resin veneers resist stains, helping them resist discoloration caused by coffee, tea, fruit drinks, and other staining foods and beverages. Veneers can also be done in just two visits and the color changes easily. However, there are some drawbacks to getting dental veneers.
Teeth sometimes have to be shaped, so it's generally not a reversible procedure. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite resin veneers. They are also more likely to chip and crack than crowns or fillings. Veneers should not be used if you have a history of weakening enamel, gum disease, or other dental conditions.
Habits such as biting nails, grinding teeth or chewing on ice can also damage the veneers. Before getting dental veneers, it's important to see examples of the cosmetic dentist's work to make sure you like their style. Ask for photos of smiles taken years later to see how the dentist's work has been maintained over time. Consider all the pros and cons of getting dental veneers before making a decision.