The best dental veneers are likely to be ceramic or porcelain veneers, found this survey of dentists. Only one dentist in five prefers resin or composite veneers.
Eighty-six percent of doctors feel that teeth veneers are a great cosmetic option, but 14% worry they have become over-used. “I have had more very young patients wanting veneers, and this is a really disturbing trend,” said a Texas dentist. “I try to explain to them that they are beginning a lifetime of maintenance and replacement.”
Dentists were even split over whether traditionally prepared or minimal-prep are the best tooth veneers. Though they are becoming more popular, only 10% of dentists prefer no-prep veneers.
Here are some comments from dentists about the best dental veneers:
- “All types are good. Case decisions need to be personalized.” Missouri dentist
- “Dental veneers are grossly overused.” Arizona prosthodontist
- “In most cases, we provide a dental crown instead. The veneer is not that much more conservative than a crown, and the crown is much more likely to succeed long term. Veneers are over-marketed and over-utilized.” Illinois dentist
- “I’ve had mixed results with no-prep veneers so far in my young career.” General dentist
- “They are overused, but they are also a great option.” Connecticut dentist
- “They work great in the proper situation. Good treatment planning is always the key.” Washington dentist anesthesiologist
- “Veneers are not just for cosmetics, but can be a restorative or regenerative option. How much preparation on the teeth are dictated by teeth position and final result desired.” Texas dentist