Veneers are one of the easiest and quickest ways to completely transform your smile. Think that you know everything there is to know about veneers? We consulted the experts to separate fact from fiction. Read on as we debunk five common myths associated with the cosmetic procedure.
1. Veneers only alter the look of the teeth.
FACT: Veneers can be used to build out the back teeth, making the cheeks appear fuller for a more youthful appearance overall. “Building out the back teeth raises the cheeks so the face doesn’t look sunken in anymore,” New York City cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS says.
2. Veneers are a one-time procedure.
FACT: Every case is different, and veneers last from five to 12 years on average, but in some cases, veneers have lasted as long as 20 years. “There is a limited life expectancy on every restoration,” Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald Goldstein, DDS says. So, you’ll have to replace them at some point.
3. All veneers are the same.
FACT: There is a big difference between regular and no-prep veneers, which require no tooth removal; however, only those who have pretty straight teeth without heavy stains qualify for them. “The alignment has to be pretty close to ideal,” Glenview, IL, cosmetic dentist William J. Cohen, DDS says. “But no-prep veneers allow you to keep the veneers really thin, and the porcelains today are so strong that you can still have a nice result.”
4. Once you get veneers, you’re stuck with them for life.
FACT: “In most cases, this is true, but in cases where only small adjustments were made such as tooth contouring, no-prep veneers can be applied, and they can be removed later on,” says The Woodlands, TX, cosmetic dentist Guy M. Lewis, DDS.
5. Most of the enamel on the teeth has to be painfully filed down, leaving you with next to no original tooth.
FACT: “There are many varying degrees of prepping a tooth for a veneer,” Dr. Lewis says. “Some teeth need more adjustment than others. With traditional veneers, you’re looking at about a millimeter of enamel removal on average. No-prep veneers require a small fraction of that or less.”