10 Questions to help you with deciding on placing veneers on your teeth:
If you’ve read the pros and cons of placing veneers, then it’s time to make a decision. Here is a list of questions to better help you with deciding on placing veneers on your front teeth. Please answer each question with either a “yes” or “no“:
- Are you dissatisfied with your smile? Particularly the appearance of your front teeth.
- Do you feel that your teeth are too yellow? And you haven’t had much success with teeth whitening treatments in the past.
- Do you feel that your front teeth are chipped, broken or uneven?
- Are there small unsightly gaps between your front teeth that you wish you could close?
- Do your front teeth have large fillings, root canals or crowns which make them look mismatched and uneven?
- Have you given it considerable consideration and are certain that veneers is what you want?
- Are you committed to taking care of your veneers after you receive them? This means brushing, flossing and showing up to your regularly scheduled dental cleaning appointments.
- Can you afford spending a few thousand bucks to improve your smile? If not, do you at least have good enough credit to get approved for financing?
- Are you over the age of 21?
- You don’t find yourself grinding your teeth very heavily at nights? “No” means that you do grind your teeth heavily at night times.
Good candidate for placing veneers
If you answered “yes” to the majority of the listed questions then you are a good candidate for receiving veneers.
Questions 1 through 6: Really wanting veneers
If you want to improve your smile and you’ve tried whitening and fillings but are still unsatisfied, then it might be time to start considering placing veneers on your teeth. Make sure you’ve done your research and given it considerable thought before committing to veneer treatment.
Question 7: Caring for veneers
Getting veneers is half the equation, taking care of them is the other half. If you don’t see yourself taking real good care of your veneers, then you should consider crowns instead. But if you don’t see yourself taking care of them at all, then you probably shouldn’t receive veneers nor crowns. After all, if you don’t care enough to brush and floss your teeth, denture teeth and veneers both look straight and white!
Questions 8: Affording veneers
Obviously, you also have to be able to afford veneer treatment. Financing companies, as opposed to dental insurances, do cover veneer placement. If you have good credit you can get your veneers today and pay them over the next couple of years, if that is what you choose.
Talking about insurances, having dental insurance may come in handy when receiving veneers. But we just got done explaining that dental insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic work? That is true, but there is a way to get certain dental insurances to pay a little bit towards your treatment. Say you have a large broken filling or a root canal treated tooth which requires a crown. You can get the insurance to approve an all-ceramic crown and place a white crown in place of a veneer on teeth which meet this criteria. High quality ceramic crowns match veneers and you can’t tell the difference between the two. This can easily shave off a thousand or two off of your total bill.
Question 9: Being old enough
You should also be old enough to make the right decision. We don’t recommend veneers if you’re very young. Consider options such as braces or simple fillings for the time being. But as you get older and approach middle-age and beyond, veneers starts to become more and more the treatment of choice. Not only are you more likely to be able to afford them at this stage of life, but you are better off addressing multiple issues such as broken teeth, gaps, wear-and-tear, etc. by placing veneers on the front teeth.
Question 10: Heavy teeth grinding
Finally, if you’re a heavy grinder then veneers are not a good option for you. You will most likely break or knock your veneers loose in no time. Consider getting crowns made of sturdy material (such as Bruxzir crowns) over veneers to make sure that they will last you a good while. However if you’re a mild grinder you can probably get away with receiving veneers so long as you commit to wearing a nightguard over nights to protect your teeth and veneers.
NOT a good candidate for placing veneers
If you answered “no” to most of the above questions then you should probably reconsider receiving veneers. If you are too young, grind too much, haven’t given it enough thought, or simply can’t afford veneers then you probably should hold off for the time being. Consider discussing other options such as teeth whitening, braces or fillings with your dentist instead.
Final thoughts on deciding on placing veneers
There’s nothing wrong with fixing worn-down, discolored and aging teeth with veneers to turn back the hands of time on your smile and appearance if that is important to you. Some people get veneers because their industry or lifestyle requires them to look fabulous. But many others go for veneers because their teeth have chipped and worn down over the years and veneers can address these issues. Fixing your front teeth can restore your youthful look and make you appear younger. It can cause your smile to sparkle and shine all over again!