Complications and risks of veneers
If you are seriously considering placing veneers on your teeth, then you probably want to know about complications and risks of veneers. While veneers are the number one treatment of choice for restoring broken, yellow and older teeth, there are certain problems which may occur. Problems with veneers can occur either during treatment phase or months and years after you’ve received them:
Risks of veneers during treatment
These are the problems you face during the month or two your treatment is continuing.
High costs of veneers
As you probably know, veneers are quite expensive. Especially because you almost always end up needing a few of them. On average veneers prices start at around $1,000 per veneer and can go up to $2,000 or even $3,000 per veneer if you go to a high-end cosmetic dentist. Considering that most people end up needing 6 to 8 veneers, you can figure that placing veneers is a significant investment.
To make matters worse, dental insurances don’t cover veneer placement. Veneers are cosmetic treatment and almost no insurance will pay for them. Basically, they are considered to be an elective treatment and doesn’t fall under medically necessary category. So a big apology to those readers with Aetna, Metlife, etc. seeking to have their insurance pay for veneers!
Keep in mind that saving money on veneers at the cost of going to an inexperienced dentist is not advisable. You want good, quality work when it comes to cosmetic work. This can only happen if you go to an experienced dentist who uses a quality dental laboratory to make his or her veneers. Additionally, you want your dentist to stick around for another 5 to 10 years in case you need repair or do overs!
You can’t just go return your veneers like you would with a tangible product, if you end up not liking them. At least not until someone invents a time machine! Make sure that first and foremost veneers is something that you really want. If it’s not worth it or if you can’t quite afford it at the moment, then maybe you should hold off a bit longer.
Once you’ve made the commitment to receive your veneers, then plan your treatment accordingly. Find yourself an experienced and reputable dentist who has performed many cases and has a good name in your community. Choose one experienced in placing veneers and performing cosmetic treatment. Keep in mind that while doctor A may be great at placing dental implants and doctor B may be great at treating your child, neither one is necessarily the right fit for veneer treatment. Focus on finding an experienced cosmetic dentist.
Finally, decide on what you want to look like before getting started. For instance, if you want extremely white teeth to make you look like a movie star, then communicate your wishes to your dentist. Pay close attention to your wax-up and temporary veneers as to a degree they demonstrate the final results you seek. Take your time and be choosy and selective while treatment is still continuing. Don’t forget, once you receive your veneers, you can’t simply undo them any longer. Make sure you set aside a month or two for treatment in case you do run into problems and do overs as this can happen to anyone at anytime.
Risks of veneers after you receive them
These are the risks you will face months or years after receiving your veneer treatment.
Veneer problems: Falling off, Breaking, Cavities, Growing Old
It is possible that one or more of your veneers may end up becoming a problem. Obviously this can be a huge nuisance given that veneers are located right in front of your mouth! Here are some common risks of veneers that may occur after receiving them:
Veneers can fall off, leaving behind chicklet teeth!
Yes, veneer can fall off your tooth. The good news is that this occurs less than 5% of the times. If your veneer falls off but hasn’t broken then there is a chance your dentist may be able to simply re-cement (glue) it back in place. Just make sure not to lose your veneer and go see your dentist as soon as possible!
Veneers can break or chip
Veneers can also chip or break. Unfortunately if this happens, your veneer must be redone completely. Veneers can not be fixed and repaired like fillings can. Once they break, they’re no good and must be redone.
You can develop a cavity around your veneer
If this happens, your veneer must be redone. Dental cavities usually occur where veneer margin ends, particularly on the inside portion of your tooth. This area sits above your gums and is more exposed to oral bacteria, making it more vulnerable to tooth decay. Brush the inside of your veneers really well and go for regular dental cleanings to prevent this from happening.
You may want to replace older veneers
Sometimes there is nothing wrong with your actual veneer, but they start looking old over the years. We all lose surrounding gums and bones as we age, as a result our teeth roots may start to gradually show. Not only are teeth roots sensitive to hot and cold, but they are also much yellower than your veneers are.
Losing gum and bone around teeth can expose your roots and create poor esthetics. If this happens and it’s bothering you, then you might want to replace all of your veneers. But don’t worry yourself too much, root exposure typically takes years, if not decades, to take place. In the mean time, keep brushing, flossing and getting your regular dental cleanings to avoid such problems!
Teeth can break causing you to require new veneer, root canal or dental implants
To place veneers, your dentist must shave down some of tooth structure. About 30% of your tooth structure above the gum lines need to be sacrificed to make enough room for the veneer. Loss of tooth structure undermines your tooth and can lead to long term problems. If your teeth are already broken and fractured this is not a big deal. However, placing veneers on healthy teeth does introduce problems and increases risks of running into problems over time.
Should teeth with veneers on them break, several scenarios may occur. If you’re lucky and there is enough tooth structure left then you can get a new veneer or place a full crown. Other times your tooth breaks into the nerve and now you require a root canal and post in addition to a crown. Not good! However the worse case scenarios is when your tooth breaks at or below your gumlines. You usually end up losing these teeth and will require a dental implant to replace them.
Can I still get veneers without shaving my teeth down?
Some people want to receive veneers but absolutely refuse having their teeth shaven down. Most of the times this is simply not possible. However, there may be one option that might work referred to as Lumineers. Lumineers are basically similar to veneers, but without the need to shave any actual tooth structure.
While at first Lumineers sound like a great option, the problem is that very few people are actually good candidates for them. Lumineers tend to push your teeth out by several millimeters since your tooth is not shaven down. This makes them look big and bulky and in most occasions slightly awkward. Also Lumineers are not sturdy as veneers despite costing nearly as much. They have limited use and only a small number of people qualify for successful placement of Lumineers. If interested, talk to your dentist to determine if veneers or Lumineers is a better treatment choice for you.