Pros and Cons – Veneers

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  • You’ll get to “test out” your new smile

Once you and your dentist decide on a color and shape that’s most flattering to your face, your cosmetic dentist will work with a ceramicist to create a “trial smile.” “The trial smile allows you to see and feel what you may look like with your new veneers,” says Chicago, IL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kimberly Caldwell. “They can be worn for a few weeks before your actual porcelain restorations are seated. And if you decide you want to tweak your smile, you can address any issues before the permanent restorations are put into place,” she adds.


   The Cons

  • Maintenance is required

While both veneers and crowns last about eight to 15 years, depending on their original application and how you care for them, chances are you’ll need them redone at some point in your life. But if they’re cared for properly—especially at home—they may last even longer.

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