Are veneers bad for your teeth?

There is no doubt that porcelain veneers give you a beautiful white smile, but are they actually hurting your teeth. I am going to go in for a cosmetic dentist consultation next week and I'm sure he will sell me on they are fine since he wants to make some money. Is there anything I should be worried about?

Godzilla

M, 31, New Jersey

Tags:man age 25-34 smile teeth

Porcelain veneers definitely should not damage your teeth. But you should shop around to find a cosmetic dentist with the experience and know-how to give you the best possible smile without causing any problems. Your dentist should thoroughly examine your teeth – including with x-rays – before reshaping your teeth and fitting veneers. My dentist wanted to make sure that none of my teeth were damaged or decayed, or else those teeth wouldn’t have been candidates for this dental procedure. If a particular tooth is especially damaged, getting a full crown is the better way to go. I actually have a crown on one of the teeth in the back of my mouth, so it doesn’t have a veneer.

It’s been my experience that people with really crooked or greatly discolored teeth choose veneers over braces and other procedures because their teeth seem beyond repair. This was certainly my case. My teeth were really crooked, and I felt that veneers were really my only option if I wanted straight and natural-looking teeth. I knew that the process for getting veneers included removing a lot of my original tooth enamel and contouring my teeth. Yes, your original teeth are permanently changed, and some people may not like that aspect of the procedure. I feel that part of the process was worth it because I now have a hollywood smile I can be proud of. If you don’t want to change the structure of your teeth, you may want to look into getting lumineers. Lumineers are similar to veneers, except your original teeth are kept completely intact, and the dentist simply applies the lumineers directly to your teeth.

With the exception of my teeth, I’m pretty happy with the way I look. I was interested in getting veneers for years but the price of cosmetic dentistry and skepticism preventing me from doing so for a long time. I was worried that any attempts to correct my smile would result in damaging my natural teeth. As much as I wanted a beautiful smile, I did not want to jeopardize the health of my teeth. I did a lot of research and found a cosmetic dentist that had a lot of experience with dental veneers. My dentist reassured me that veneers wouldn't damage my teeth. She took x-rays of my mouth to make sure that my teeth were healthy before the procedure. Had my teeth not been suitable for veneers, she would have suggested other treatment options. I will say that experience is very important when it comes to finding a dentist to place your veneers. My dentists had years of experience and came highly-recommended, eliminating the chances of tooth damage.

Because I knew veneers wouldn't replace my actual teeth, I was concerned about the effect that veneers may have on my existing teeth. I didn't want the veneers to affect the health of my teeth or damage them. To ensure that this didn't happen, I decided to go to a dentist that had experience with veneers. I would strongly suggest finding an experienced cosmetic dentist because it decreases the chances of tooth damage. My dentist examined me to make sure that I was a good candidate. I didn't have any dental health issues and was told that veneers would not create any issues. I also haven't experienced any problems with my teeth and I've had my veneers for two years.

Hi Godzilla,

If well made and well maintained, porcelain veneers last on average 8-10 years. That being said, I've seen lots of patients who have had them for much longer! The key is great home care (i.e. brushing and flossing) and regular visits to your dentist.

While veneers technically don't "hurt" your teeth if properly done, it does usually involve minimal preparation of the tooth surface which is irreversible. 

Hope this helps!