Should I place veneers on my front teeth or not?
Veneers are thin porcelain coverings (crowns) which are placed on top of your front teeth to restore their youthful look. Benefits of veneers over crowns and fillings have made them the treatment of choice if you’re seeking that perfect Hollywood smile. Of course you can always choose to make them a little bit darker or less than ideal if you prefer a more natural looking appearance. Your dentist can help you design your ideal smile with the help of veneers by choosing the perfect shape, size and color of teeth which you desire.
But why veneers, why not just a filling or crown?
Experienced dentists almost always prefer placing veneers over both fillings and crowns for fixing multiple front teeth. Here are some benefits of veneers that have contributed to their growth and popularity over other restorative alternatives:
- Veneers work much better than fillings do since they are smoother, nice looking and don’t stain or change color over time. Unfortunately fillings break, stain and chip so they are far inferior to veneers for cosmetic treatments.
- Veneers are also work much nicer than crowns do, simply because they are much more conservative than crowns. Essentially, veneers leave more of your own tooth structure intact. Veneers, unlike crowns, don’t wrap around the entire tooth. Leaving more tooth structure intact means you are less likely to break off and lose your tooth in the future.
How many veneers will I need?
There are two steps to making the decision about how many veneers you need:
- Should I place veneers on my top teeth, lower teeth or both?
- How many veneers should I place in the selected arch?
Should I place veneers on my top teeth, lower teeth or both?
First you must decide if you want veneers for your top teeth, bottom teeth, or both. I’ll let you know that vast majority of people start off by placing veneers on their top teeth first. Most people are fine with their lower teeth the way they are and only want their top ones fixed. Bottom teeth don’t show as much and usually a little tooth whitening or a couple filling can fix the problem. Of course for some people it’s the exact opposite and they end up placing veneers only on their lower teeth. Of course if you want a full smile makeover then you have to get top and bottom veneers.
How many veneers should I place in the selected arch?
Deciding on how many veneers to receive is a tough question. Only you can make this decision with the help of your dentist of course. The number of veneers you receive will depend on how many teeth show when you smile as well as your budget.
- Majority of veneer patients opt to receive between 6 to 8 veneers per arch. This is because you usually only show your front 6 to 8 teeth when talking or smiling. So if you are getting veneers for both upper and lower teeth then you’re probably looking at between 12 to 14 total veneers.
- Sometimes you might only want to receive 2 to 4 veneers per arch. You might be on a budget or just want to focus on fixing the few teeth which are bothering you most.
- Occasionally some people elect to go for 10 or more veneers per arch. Maybe you have a very wide smile and show most of your teeth when smiling. Also those who have a very gummy smile can can fix their gummy smile by placing a whole bunch of veneers, not just one or two of them.
Regardless of which arch or how many veneers you choose to receive, it’s important to place them all together. You can’t experience the full benefits of veneers if you’re planning on placing them one at a time. After all the whole point of veneers is to straighten, whiten and perfect your smile. If your dentist where to place only one or two veneer at a time, he or she could not alter the color, shape or position of your teeth. This can only be accomplished when the entire set of veneers is performed and placed simultaneously.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Veneers can usually fix shape, color and position of your teeth
By placing veneers you can change shape, color and position of teeth your not happy with. You can make them to your exact liking, whatever that may be. Some choose to make their teeth perfectly white, rounded and feminine to go for the Hollywood smile. Others make them appear more square and masculine and go a little darker to give them a more natural appearance. It’s really up to you. You can make your teeth look natural or you can choose to go all out and blind everyone with how white your new teeth are!
Helpful hint – If you are interested in seeing the final results of what your veneers will look like, ask your dentist to perform a wax up or simulation. Your dentist can replicate the final shape and color of your veneers to let you better visualize the end results. Simulation can be done on an actual stone model or computer. This way you’ll get a much better idea of what your final results will look like before making this big commitment. Please note that there may be a charge for this, although often times the fee is applied to treatment if you choose to proceed.
Veneers can be used to close minor gaps and straighten slightly crooked teeth in place of braces
When you’re younger and want to close gaps or rotate teeth, braces is the better way to go. However, as you get older you’re less likely to want to wear braces. Not only does walking around with metal wires and brackets may be a social faux pas, but there are risks and complications with wearing braces as well. If you have crowns, bridges, implants or if you have gum disease, then wearing braces becomes complicated. Or even impossible.
Placing veneers can be used to easily mask minor orthodontic issues while simultaneously restoring your youthful look. And the older you become, the more benefits of veneers start to outshine those of braces. Veneers can push teeth in or out to close minor open-bite or gaps in between your teeth. Of course the most extreme cases will still require traditional braces, but for smaller discrepancies veneer can address both orthodontic as well as cosmetic issues. Talk to your dentist to see if this may apply to you.
You can get a perfectly white and straight smile for life with veneers
When you receive veneers, you are basically receiving a permanent set of fillings and bleaching on your front teeth. Veneers don’t change color, they don’t stain, and despite their thin size they are actually quite resilient against fracturing or breaking off of your teeth. Unlike other teeth whitening treatments, veneers never change their color. You no longer need to worry about performing do overs or touchups or what you’re eating. So drink up that cup of Starbucks knowing that your white teeth shall continue to remain white!