For many, veneers are a perfect solution. A thin porcelain shell placed over the teeth, veneers work great for covering stains or slight chips and cracks in the teeth, all while adding to the much-sought-after pearly white smile. In another example, veneers are an excellent way to modify the shape, size, and length of teeth, beneficial for functionality and appearance.
“The most popular reason veneers are used today is to cover intrinsic stains, but veneers have many additional uses as well,” says Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar of BellaVista Dental Care.
In modern dentistry, Bhatnagar says veneers aren’t used as aggressively as they were in the 90s, in part due to the improved strength of resin, which can seal many chips without having to implement a veneer. Furthermore, veneers are used more conservatively these days due to the fact orthodontics has taken over much of the responsibilities of shaping teeth.
“This has a lot to do with the fact that with veneers, dentists have to modify healthy enamel in order to place them,” says Bhatnagar. “Generally, when it comes to shaping teeth, we will recommend an orthodontist first, and veneers as an alternative.”
Bhatnagar notes some other downsides to veneers.
“Just like any other type of restoration, veneers may need to be replaced due to staining or decay, which can become a cost issue,” she says. “Veneers also may cause some sensitivity since you are modifying enamel.”
Because veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, Bhatnagar says they are usually not covered under insurance.
“But among the downfalls, a beautiful smile is a definite benefit,” she adds. “They are actually a really good choice when it comes to restoration in that they solve a number of issues including size, shape, discoloration, cracks and chips.”