The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers

Until advances were made in the dental industry, we were forced to live with the smile we were born with. Now, thanks to modern day technology, our smiles can be improved dramatically with the help of porcelain veneers. Veneers offer many perks in that they can change the color, shape, size, and alignment of the teeth, depending on whatever dental issues are present. Veneers can give you the smile that you never thought was possible. There are many pros associated with porcelain veneers, and some things to think about too. The dental experts at Parker West Dental Associates in Plano, TX, have compiled this informative checklist to help you determine whether or not porcelain veneers are the right choice for you.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a thin layer of tooth-like material made out of porcelain that is custom made and permanently bonded to a patient’s real teeth in order to improve their appearance. Porcelain veneers are an excellent option as they can not only dramatically enhance your smile, they look and feel natural, just like your real teeth.

How will they perfect my smile?

Veneers can work wonders on all types of smiles. They can provide full smile cosmetic makeovers and transformations by covering teeth that have been chipped, worn, or fractured. Veneers can also change the shape and color of your teeth, so if you’ve got an odd shaped tooth or stained and discolored teeth, veneers are an excellent solution to correct these issues. Veneers are a popular choice among patients because they are long lasting and offer a solid solution as both a cosmetic and functional improvement.

Pros and cons of veneers

Even though veneers are one of the most popular dental requests today, it is still a very big decision to make and one where both the pros and cons should be looked at carefully.


Whiter smile

Veneers can create a brighter, whiter smile. Your dentist will carefully select the correct shade of porcelain to be used for your new smile. Your teeth will instantly be transformed once your veneers have been applied. Discolored or yellowing teeth will be hidden behind your new beautiful, white veneers. Coloring is important when choosing the right shade. It is important you visit an experienced Plano, TX cosmetic dentist so that your new veneers look natural and not fake because they are too white or overly bright.


Porcelain veneers are incredibly stain resistant since porcelain is a ceramic. You won’t have to worry about red wine, cigarettes, or coffee leaving your teeth discolored. However, just like with your real teeth, regular brushing is recommended after you eat certain foods to keep them looking fresh for years to come.

Realistic looking

Your new veneers will be color matched to surrounding teeth in order to blend in and appear more natural. Temporary veneers will be created from a wax mold. This allows you to make any modifications and see what the permanent results will look like before they’re applied to your teeth. Many times, patients are able to make tweaks and modifications to the size, shape, and color right inside our dental practice, which helps put them at ease knowing their veneers are custom-made just for them.

Improved self-confidence

If you’re dealing with chipped, stained, malformed or crooked teeth veneers can hide these issues and instantly transform your smile and boost your self-confidence. You’ll no longer have to think twice before smiling. In fact, you’ll catch yourself smiling more once you see the results. So many patients who felt insecure or self conscious due to an unsightly smile feel completely different once they have their new veneers. They can be life-changing for both Plano area men and women.



Porcelain veneers are an expensive option to correcting your dental issues, but they’re often considered worth the price tag in order to be able to fully embrace your smile and feel great about yourself. The price varies based on the number of veneers you need and you’ll have a better idea of the cost once you’ve met with your dentist.

Permanent Solution

Veneers are a permanent solution to solving issues with your teeth. This procedure is not irreversible as the dentist will need to remove some of the enamel on your teeth in order to have the veneers bond to them. While this does not necessarily cause issue with your new veneers or smile, it is important that you seek out an experienced dentist so that you can make sure your new smile is just the way you want it to be.

Teeth sensitivity

Some patients have reported an increase in tooth sensitivity, including both hot and cold temperatures, for a few days following the procedure. This is to be expected as a layer of enamel has been removed from your teeth and the teeth and mouth will need to adapt to the veneers.

Repair or replacing

If you take proper care of your veneers they can last anywhere from 15-20 years. Repairing or replacing veneers can get costly. It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions and take care of your veneers properly. Scheduling routine exams so your dentist can inspect your veneers for any potential issues is also very important. If you think you may have an issue with one of your veneers it’s wise to seek treatment immediately to prevent future issues.

Not everyone is a candidate

Depending on your specific dental issues, you may not be a good candidate to move forward with veneers. Your dentist will be able to give you a better idea of what your options are once you’ve scheduled a consultation.

How can I find out more?

If you’d like to learn more about porcelain veneers or find out if you’re a good candidate then give our Plano, TX dental practice a call to schedule a comprehensive exam. We will meet with you and evaluate your teeth and facial structure in order to create a treatment plan. There are many factors that play a role in determining whether or not you’re a good candidate for veneers including your bite, dental history, and the health of your teeth and gums. If it’s determined that porcelain veneers are a good solution for you the dentist will also over your options. There are several types of veneers and they can be customized to fit your personality and facial structure. Ask your dentist to provide photos of different styles in order to get a better idea of the options available to you.

While it’s no surprise that veneers are expensive, they’re also life-changing. Investing in your smile is also investing in your happiness. We hope that you give Parker West Dental Associates the opportunity to provide you with the smile you deserve. Give our Plano, TX dental office a call today to learn more.

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