Ask the Experts: Are veneers safe for your teeth?

Dr Malcolm Duff from Face Value Dental discusses veneers and whether they are right for you.

Dental veneers, the secret behind many celebrity smiles, have become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments in Australia for people who want to change something about their teeth. However, they can be permanent and a big investment, so it’s important to know if they’re right for you.

How do veneers work?

Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain or composite resin that replace the existing surface of teeth to change how they look. They can be used for whitening or straightening teeth as well as covering minor chips or closing gaps.

Whichever type of veneers you choose, your dentist may need to remove some tooth enamel so your veneers can fit comfortably, depending on the shape, size and condition of your teeth.

What are the pros and cons of veneers?

Veneers are a flexible cosmetic treatment that can address a range of issues, but they’re not the best option for everyone. You should weigh the pros and cons of veneers against other procedures when deciding what’s the right choice for you.

They can immediately transform your smile, last longer than other treatments for whitening, and are more comfortable than orthodontics for straightening teeth.

On the downside, they can cost more, may cause tooth sensitivity and potentially require permanent alteration of your teeth.

Do veneers hurt?

Like other dental treatments, the veneers procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, which numbs the mouth so you won’t feel any pain. Your dentist may offer other sedation options if you need them.

After your veneers are fitted, your mouth may feel sore for a few days as it recovers and you get used to how your veneers feel. If pain or discomfort lasts for longer than a few days or is severe, you should see your dentist right away.

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