Are Dental Veneers Worth It?

By: Theodore Michaels

People often want to know whether something is worth it when they're paying thousands of dollars for it. So the question is, are dental veneers really worth it? While there is no universal answer, you can determine whether dental veneers are worth it for you by assessing your dental problems. Although it may sound complicated, it's really not.

Dental veneers should really be utilized by those who have pretty significant dental problems. If you're dental problems can be corrected, it is usually recommended that you don't go in for a veneer procedure. Remember, veneers only mask problem areas in your mouth - they don't fix them. Thus, if your problem permits, see if you can get it corrected before trying to mask it.

Some dental issues which can be corrected as opposed to being masked with veneers include crooked or stained teeth. Crooked teeth can almost always be repaired with braces, while stained teeth can be corrected with a whitening procedure. Don't be tricked into getting veneers to mask these kind of problems - you may regret it later.

One final thing to remember is that once your veneers go on, you'll have to commit to them. Dentists remove a significant amount of tooth enamel when installing veneers - enamel which can't be replaced. Thus, the teeth which receive the veneers will always have to be covered with something. If you wish to have veneers on for as long as your teeth last, you'll find that you're going to so spend much more than a few thousand dollars. Veneers need to be completely replaced every 10-15 years - that's another few thousand dollars each time.

Before getting dental veneers, please weigh your options carefully. You don't want to rush the decision and regret it in the future. Learn about your alternative options and talk to your dentist. He or she can recommend the best treatment plan.

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