If you're less than pleased with the appearance of your teeth, you may have considered veneers. Veneers can be an excellent option for a number of people, but they aren't right for everyone. Below are listed three ways to know whether veneers may be an option for you.
You've Exhausted All Other Options
The options available to you will depend on the issues you're hoping to repair, but only after you've explored all options can you be sure that veneers are right for you.
If discoloration and staining are issues for you, there are a number of teeth-whitening options available prior to the placement of veneers. Such options include the use of whitening toothpastes, strips, bleaching, or laser treatment. If cracks or chips are your problem, crowns or fillings may be your answer. While veneers can help with these issues and more, they're considered a permanent solution and may not be right for everybody, especially if other options haven't been fully considered.
You've Gotten Your Nail Biting or Teeth Grinding Under Control
Nail biting and grinding can cause considerable damage to your teeth. Since the materials used for veneers (resin and porcelain) are less durable than your natural teeth, it's important to get these habits under control prior to veneer placement.
Veneers that aren't properly cared for can easily chip, crack, and discolor. If nail biting or grinding are your guilty pleasures, getting them under control now is key to keeping your veneers healthy and well maintained. Nail biting can lead to chips and cracks, and grinding can crack and wear down the veneers prematurely, landing you in the same spot you're in now. Consult with your dentist about options to get these and other related habits under control.
You Understand the Limitations You May Face With Veneers
Veneers are wonderful for many people, including those with discoloration, staining, chips, cracks, and basic wear. There are limitations one will face following veneer placement, however.
As mentioned above, veneers can chip and crack if not properly cared for. Aside from brushing, flossing, and visiting with your dentist every six months, you'll also be required to avoid certain activities. Such activities include biting into hard foods such as apples, or drinking things that cause discoloration and staining, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. Some of these things can be a deal breaker for some, so talk with your dentist now about the limitations you'll face before deciding that veneers are right for you.