In comparison with cold-light whitening treatment, veneers can cause damage to the teeth. In the long run for whiter teeth it's best to choose whitening treatment over veneers. Veneers are often used to cover the surface of the tooth to improve shape, shade and overall appearance of the tooth or teeth. Are veneers as good as they sound? Let's briefly introduce the process of getting veneers.
A veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth. However, enamel removal will have to be done before the veneer can be fitted to the surface of the tooth. If enamel is not removed and the veneer is directly fitted on the tooth the veneer might become loose and in terms of aesthetics the veneer will be larger than your other teeth and will cause your smile to look uneven.
The biggest disadvantage of veneers of course is the removal of enamel!
1. Once enamel has been removed it cannot be undone, although only a thin layer of enamel is removed to fit veneers, this will also cause slight damage to the tooth.
2. With the removal of enamel from a tooth this can make the tooth more vulnerable to cavities.
3. After the removal of enamel other forms of treatment will be limited. For example if veneers are removed whitening treatment cannot be carried out and patients can only choose to continue with veneers or dental crowns which will mean more enamel removal.