Philosophy of Esthetic Dentistry

Recolor: The first option is tooth whitening.
Reposition: The second option is orthodontic repositioning.
Recontour: The third option is to recontour teeth and equilibrate.
Restore: Once the above options have been explored, the last option is to restore the teeth with veneers or crowns.

Advantages of veneers include:

  • Minimal tooth preparation required
  • Porcelain veneers are stronger and more durable than composite veneers
  • Alternative to full coverage restoration in case of incisal fractures or tooth discoloration
  • Color stability

Disadvantages of veneers include:

  • Potential for over-contouring
  • Requires laboratory procedures
  • Porcelain enamel margins may be thin and difficult to finish
  • Brittle margins
  • Pitting by acidulated fluoride treatment
  • Cannot be repaired easily
  • Can sometimes be difficult to temporize
  • Color cannot be altered substantially after placement
  • Placement is difficult and time-consuming