The advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers
Veneers, one of the most popular dental treatments available, can cover stains, lighten teeth, close gaps and correct the appearance of crooked teeth. These are just a few of the reasons patients in the Charleston, SC area who visit Dr. Andrew Greenberg and his team at Mouth Carolina Dentistry, PA are looking at porcelain veneers as an effective dental solution.
Advantages of veneers
Veneers, thin pieces of porcelain that are adhered over the front of a patient’s teeth to alter their color and/or shape are widely used and extremely popular. This is due to many advantages that veneers offer. Some of these advantages include:
- Aesthetics – Due to a variety of reasons, usually cosmetic, some of us are embarrassed about our smile or wish for an improved appearance. Veneers allow vast improvement in a patient’s smile due to their ability to alter both color and shape of a tooth. Nobody should have to hide their smile and veneers offer truly life-altering results.
- Speed – Typically, veneers are going to be a two-appointment process. Your first appointment will be for you to come in and have your teeth prepared. Impressions will be taken, and temporary veneers may be created. The second appointment, typically just a week later, will be scheduled for your new veneers to be placed and you will walk out with your newly improved, beautiful smile.
- Easy maintenance – Veneers are very easy to care for. Following your normal oral hygiene practices will be enough. This includes regular brushing, flossing and rinsing.
Disadvantages of veneers
While veneers offer many advantages, they are not perfect. It’s important to look at both sides of the coin. Like all dental solutions, there are some disadvantages that you should be aware of including:
- Loss of enamel – In order to adhere veneers to your natural teeth, a thin layer of enamel (normally between .5-1mm) will need to be removed. Because enamel doesn’t regenerate, this is irreversible.
- No extra protection – Even with veneers in place, your teeth can still experience decay, possibly resulting in the need for additional dental work such as a crown.
- Expense – While everything will be done to keep the cost down, veneers can still come at a considerable monetary expense. Actual cost may vary, depending on your dental insurance coverage.
It’s important to have as much information as you can before you decide to undergo any dental procedure. As they say, knowledge is power, and Dr. Andrew Greenberg invites you to come into his office today to discuss all available options. To schedule an appointment, call (843)751 4262 today.
Mouth Carolina Dentistry, PA - Dr. Andrew Greenberg
Dr. Andrew Greenberg completed his Bachelor’s Degree in New Orleans, Louisiana at Tulane University. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in 2009, where he portrayed excellent academic performance. He exercises his academic brilliance to the benefit of his patients every day. He grew up in a family with a dental background and showed interest in the field since his early days.