These days, it seems like everyone on the internet is buzzing about veneers. Young influencers and beauty vloggers are creating a new trend: streaming their journeys getting veneers to hundreds of thousands of followers.
This pursuit of “perfect” teeth through cosmetic dental care has stirred up controversy—particularly when influencers are under eighteen. But what are the facts and what is just dramatic fiction when it comes to veneers?
Here’s everything you need to know.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are protective shells placed over the front of teeth. Patients can choose from among several veneer options, including materials and the extent of tooth coverage.
Most veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin.
Veneers are tailored to the patient’s smile. Each shell fits over the front of the tooth, and it covers any cracks, discoloration, fillings, or bumps. Veneer material resists cavities more effectively than tooth enamel.
What Problems Can Veneers Solve?
Veneers can solve several different dental problems. Dentists typically recommend veneers to patients with:
- Discoloration or stains
- Worn, chipped, or broken teeth
- Teeth with bulges or craters
- Uneven or gap-spaced teeth
These problems often have other solutions. Veneers are useful! But, they aren’t right for everyone.
Five Things to Consider Before Getting Veneers
Most dental patients in their 30’s (or older) are happy with the results of their veneers. They’re particularly satisfied when the veneers fix discoloration.
But, recent controversy surrounds young patients who get the treatment impulsively.
Dentists have studied the current social controversy over veneers, and patterns have emerged. According to published research, most negative comments about veneers concern:
- Dangers and potential illegality of veneers for teenagers
- Unattractive size
- “Fake” appearance
- Destruction of natural teeth to affix veneers
Thoughtful consideration can prevent these negative outcomes. Five factors are worth contemplation.
1. Veneers Are an Investment—And Insurance Doesn’t Often Cover Them
The American Dental Association posits that veneers cost $925 – $2000 per tooth, on average. This is more expensive than the typical cost of dentures.
Moreover, in the United States, dental insurance covers dentures, at least to an extent. But, since veneers are considered cosmetic, patients must pay entirely out-of-pocket.
2. Veneers Have a Lifespan of 10-20 Years
Veneers are rarely wise for young adults, largely because they’ll need to be replaced multiple times during their lives.
Preparation design affects veneers’ longevity. Dentists use one of four preparation designs to affix the veneer to the tooth:
- Incisal overlap
Porcelain and incisal overlap show the best results in terms of longevity, but studies are limited.
3. Certain Oral Conditions Make Veneers a Poor Solution
You shouldn’t get veneers if you have oral health conditions that make them challenging to affix—or more likely to detach. Conditions include:
- Chronic gum disease
- Severe tooth crowding
- Structural tooth damage
Talk to your dentist about which solutions are best for your condition.
4. Color Choice Makes a Visible Difference
Criticisms of “fake”-looking veneers often stem from unwise color choices. If teeth are too white, they look unnatural.
Choose colors that compliment your smile naturally.
5. Veneers Don’t Have to Cover Every Tooth
Advertisers urge you to get a brand new smile, but sometimes only one tooth needs work. Dentists can work with you to limit work solely to the teeth you want to fix. One veneer may be all it takes.
Smile Brighter With Right-For-You Solutions
Should you jump on the veneers trend? Only if you think before you leap.
Getting veneers is a smart choice if you want to fix discoloration or irregularities, but you don’t want to pull teeth for dentures or implants.
Considering veneers or other dental work? Contact our dental experts to get all your questions, answered.