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DIY Dental Veneers? Think Again!

December 29, 2023

These days, you can find videos on anything on the internet, through social media or YouTube, including DIY veneers. While giving your smile a quick and affordable makeover may seem tempting, DIY veneers can cause severe damage.

Several disadvantages with DIY veneers can also negatively impact your oral health. We want you to have a beautiful smile, and we also want you to have excellent oral health.

Below, we will explain why you should always consult an expert cosmetic dentist for porcelain veneers rather than the DIY route. 

What are DIY Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are a thin layer applied over the front of your natural teeth. They are ideal for patients who want to improve their smile and have the following dental issues including:

  • Broke, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Severe staining or discoloration
  • Diastema or significant gaps between your front teeth
  • Uneven or undersized teeth
  • Oddly shaped, eroded, or crooked teeth

However, dental veneers are not ideal for every patient or circumstance, so it is crucial to consult a cosmetic dentist to determine the best treatment for you.

While you can buy anything online, including DIY veneers and dental appliances, it doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Often, the ones you find online are made from cheap materials and are generally designed to be a temporary fix. Like other veneers, the DIY veneers are usually attached to your natural teeth with a dental adhesive. Depending on the brand, you may also need to make a mold of your teeth.

Risks of DIY Dental Veneers

Social media trends and influencers flash beautiful, bright white smiles everywhere. Some of them may even promote DIY dental veneers.

We know everyone wants a beautiful and flawless smile, and we love helping our patients have a smile they love. However, you want to ensure your chosen method is comfortable, safe, and healthy. Cosmetic dentists offer porcelain veneers and other restorative options that can help restore your teeth if you have discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections in your smile. 

While the price of DIY veneers is attractive, they do come with significant drawbacks, such as:

  • Inadvertently Coverup Tooth Decay. If you place DIY veneers over tooth decay, it doesn’t get fixed and can worsen significantly, leading to a bigger problem and permanent damage. 
  • Permanent Damage to Your Teeth. Placing veneers directly onto your teeth can trap bacteria between the veneer and your natural tooth. Gaps unintentionally left can also create a place for food and particles to become trapped and hide. This dramatically increases your risk of dental issues, such as decay, gums, disease, and cavities, and can worsen pre-existing oral health issues.
  • Create Bite Problems. DIY dental veneers can also affect your bite. If your veneers are uncomfortable or do not fit properly, you may unknowingly adjust how you bite in place of strain on your other teeth and jaw joints, leading to pain and problems with TMJ or TMD.
  • Adhesive Can Damage Teeth. The adhesive in some DIY veneer packages is too strong and can permanently damage your teeth, leading to potential issues like veneers falling off prematurely. This not only results in potential tooth loss but also leads to costly and time-consuming fixes to rectify the damage caused.
  • Bulky and Unnatural in Appearance. DIY veneers are generally more bulky and look fake as they are not custom-made or made from the same quality of materials as dental veneers or porcelain veneers offered by your dentist. It can make it harder for you to eat and sometimes causes people to speak with a lisp. They can also create irritation and discomfort due to the size, the materials used in the product, and the ingredients in the adhesive.

We want you to love your smile and feel good about yourself. However, as you can see, there are better choices than relying on cheap and unsafe DIY dental veneers. Getting the smile of your dreams is easier than you think when you work with a trusted cosmetic dentist.

Getting The Smile of Your Dreams

Porcelain veneers will last for years to come and are highly stain-resistant. If you’re unsure whether you need dental veneers, dentures or implants, or professional teeth whitening, consult your local expert cosmetic dentist in The Woodlands area to create a customized treatment and get the smile of your dreams.

Carrie Muzny DDS Is Here To Help You Have A Fabulous Smile!

At Carrie Muzny DDS, our highly experienced dentists will help you and your entire family have exceptional oral health and a beautiful smile. 

Our skilled team of exceptionally trained dentists utilizes modern techniques and offers cosmetic and restorative dentistry, porcelain, veneers, professional teeth, whitening, surgeries, and preventative dentistry. We treat all our patients with compassion and kindness and ensure you are happy with your results.

Contact us today to book an appointment or consultation, and we will work with you to improve your oral health and enhance your natural smile.

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