should I get veneers?

  • geoff187
  • oxfordshire uk
  • 2 years ago

Ive never been happy with my teeth and recentley I asked my dentist about veneers and he is referring me to another dentist. Id love to have a hollywood smile but now im reading a lot of people on here having bad experiences. Is it worth it

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Cost is a giant factor! My veneers cost $100 a tooth when I first got them. Now it's $1500 a tooth for me to get my old ones removed & new ones placed! Mine are 25 years old. They were originally a nice white color & stayed in place. However, 25 years later they are the same color as my other teeth now & are chipped. I wish I had whitened my teeth instead!
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I think if you have a lot of money then go for it because youre going to need it for the ongoing maintenance that veneers inevitably require. Its not a once off get veneers and forget about it. They tell you they can last up to 15 years however I highly doubt the average person's last that long. In fact you will probably be lucky of they last half that long. There is a reason hollywood stars have fake teeth - because they can afford it. If you just work in a job with a average income its a bad idea. It can also be like opening a can or worms. Once you expose your teeth like that and stick the veneer on you have a higher risk of infection.
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I got veneers two months ago. As Megan says, if there is any other solution for your teeth, don't do it. Personally, I am really against plastic surgery but I think a smile is so important and I was convinced my smile was terrible and I really needed to get veneers. But it has been really hard on me mentally. Because when I look at pictures from last year now, I start to think that maybe it wasn't necessary at all. Also I'm having trouble with the fact that they are 'fake', even though none of my friends noticed I had something done on my teeth. Only my parents know and they think they look great. So, my concerns are probably mainly in my head. Also the fact that it is irreversible and I ruined my 'healthy' teeth bothers me. Plus, I'm really paranoid about the possibility that they'll fall of one day. What it comes down to: ever since I got them, my head is full of worries. Where before I was only insecure when I looked in the mirror or needed to pose for a picture. I haven't had my veneers very long, so I can't tell you much about possible side effects. But for the mental aspect: if you are a person to who looking natural is very important, I wouldn't do it. If you do decide to get them: check out your sources. Look for the very best place to do it and don't go for the cheapest one. Make sure you tell them exactly what you want and if you have to, tell them five times. Also, don't go to white. I have one of the 'least white' tints because I really expressed my concern about them looking unnatural and I still think they're a bit too white. And also, I read normally you can 'try on' the veneers before placing them and they can still make small adjustments. That wasn't the case with me. Make sure you can do that. Most of all: don't rush your decision. Think about it, be very aware that the choice is permanent and only do it when you are 200% certain. Good luck!

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You pretty much nailed a side effect of getting veneers, I have the same "mental" issue you have, it's something that I didn't even consider until after the fact. Original poster, please take rory254's advice seriously, you can fall into a depression where you feel fake and don't even feel like smiling. And all you can think about is how anyone in their right mind would make such a choice to get veneers to fix minor or even major imperfections.
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Hi megan thanks for the warm welcome :-).
I dont think id be able to get perfece teeth apart from with veneers. The sizes are too small and some bigger than others etc. the not lasting for ever is the biggest draw back for me with veneers as long as they get them looking like I want I should be happy
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Yeah, it would be great if they lasted forever. Who knows, maybe you would be one of the lucky ones who wouldn't need them replaced, but better to consider the worst case scenario, then be really pleased if the best case turn out. :)

I'll be interested to hear what you decide to do.

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Veneers can be a great way to go, but the thing to keep in mind is that your natural teeth will have to be prepped (drilled down) to put them on. If you can get your natural teeth to look close to the way you would like through other treatments such as braces, Invisalign, whitening, etc. it would be best to preserve your natural teeth. The other thing to keep in mind with Veneers is they may need to be replaced about 10 years down the road, which can be an additional cost people didn't plan on when first getting their veneers, and they may cost more than your original set.

Its good you are on here doing your research before making your decision. Veneers can certainly give you that instant Hollywood smile, and as long as you go into it knowing what to expect, they can be a great choice.

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