Risks and Side Effects of Veneers

What are the risks and side effects of dental veneers?

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: March 28, 2011

Risks and Side Effects of Veneers

The dental veneers procedure is relatively simple and non-invasive. Nonetheless, there are risks and side effects associated with dental veneers that patients should discuss with their dentists prior to treatment. One’s smile is a crucial element of one’s appearance. Therefore, knowing the risks and side effects of treatment will help to enhance the benefits of veneers. Preparing for risks and side effects also helps prevent increases in the cost of veneers due to further needed treatments.

Proper dental cleaning is imperative to prolonging the lifespan of veneers. Veneers are designed to be long-lasting but in order to achieve optimal results patients need to practice good oral hygiene habits.  

Possible risks and side effects include:
Uneven tooth color – Veneers are resistant to staining but natural teeth are not. Patients who receive veneers on some but not all of their teeth risk the development of uneven tooth color when natural teeth stain but veneers do not. Teeth whitening procedures can correct for uneven tooth color.

Cracking / Chipping – Chewing on particularly hard foods such as ice and habits of tooth grinding risk damage to the veneer such as cracking or chipping.

Tooth Decay - Cavities that develop underneath veneers can lead to tooth decay. Routine dental checkups and proper teeth cleaning will help avoid the development of cavities.

Tooth sensitivity- Not everyone experiences tooth sensitivity, but it is a risk of veneers.

Dissatisfaction with results- Veneers are permanent. When determining whether you are a good candidate for veneers, you should be sure to understand that veneers are irreversible.


Find a dentist offering dental veneers to learn more about the risks and side effects. 

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