What are the disadvantages of dental veneers?

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The disadvantages of dental veneers include cost, potential need to replace and/or repair (if possible), need for extra care in biting and eating and possible need to use a night guard to protect the veneers during sleep. Of course, it must be remembered that veneers are not a reversible procedure. If you don't like them, can't afford to maintain or replace them in the future or whatever, the teeth have been shaped for veneer placement. If the veneer breaks, comes off or you just don't like them, the tooth no longer looks the same without the veneer.

A possible disadvantage to dental veneers is that this is usually an irreversible process, because it's necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.

Also, your dentist may recommend that you avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers such as coffee, tea or red wine. Sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture.

But for many people the results are more than worth it.

When your teeth have been chipped or damaged, dental veneers are a convenient way to make them pretty again. Dental veneers are thin materials that cover the front of your tooth to change its size, shape, color, or length. The disadvantages include:

  • Cost. Dental veneers tend to be expensive.
  • No room for error. Chipped or damaged veneers cannot be repaired.
  • No do-overs. Once they're on, they cannot be removed.
  • Sensitivity. Your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold.
  • No grind. Veneers are not good for people who grind or clench their teeth.
  • Tooth decay. Despite veneers, you can still get tooth decay.
  • Popping out. It doesn't happen often, but veneers can dislodge.
  • Mix-match. Your dental veneers may not match your tooth color.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.