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Absolutely even, symmetrical and very white teeth are popular today. Veneers help to achieve this effect in the shortest possible time, and often they cover the entire dentition. But unfortunately, most do not take into account all the pitfalls of this procedure.

Our tooth has two layers of hard tissues: enamel and dentin. A veneer is a thin, most often ceramic overlay plate. To fix it on your native teeth, you need to remove the top layer of enamel, which, of course, does not add to their reliability. It is important to understand that veneers will not last you a lifetime: on average, they are recommended to be renewed or completely redone every seven years. You won’t be able to refuse veneers at all: due to damaged hard tissues, your teeth simply won’t be able to function without them.

In addition, there are a number of contraindications. So, it is not worth installing veneers in case of malocclusion: they simply will not be able to withstand the load and will begin to chip off. Similar consequences await people suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding) or clenchers (involuntary strong clenching of teeth). And if malocclusion, as a rule, can be corrected with orthodontic treatment (before the installation of veneers, of course), then it is very difficult to cope with these diseases. Absolute contraindications include various infectious lesions of the oral cavity, such as cysts, periodontitis, granulomas.

It is also worth understanding that saving money here will not work, otherwise you can drive yourself into a hopeless situation. Savings almost always come at the expense of quality, and not only in dentistry. It is simply impossible for an ordinary patient to independently assess the extent of this damage. But the price of rework will be high, and in the end you will pay at least twice as much.

Of course, there are situations when the installation of veneers is justified, but in this case we are talking about one or more plates. For example, when there are cracks and small carious processes on a particular tooth. The filling will be less smooth and reliable, and the installation of a crown is impractical, since you will have to cut off most of a perfectly good tooth. A veneer will be the best solution here.


Whitening is not a procedure that makes teeth stronger. When you have an absolutely healthy oral cavity, good enamel, the right technology is selected, and the work is carried out by an experienced specialist, then the procedure will not harm you. But if some things are ignored, it can also have a negative effect.

The main contraindications to whitening are infectious processes in the oral cavity. If they are active, then it is impossible to start aesthetic procedures in any case. You will not get the expected result, but you can harm your teeth even more. For example, if there are problems with the hard tissues of the tooth, then whitening can damage the internal structures of the tooth, and this is much more serious.

If your teeth are healthy, but there is a reaction to cold and hot, then this indirectly indicates their increased sensitivity. In this case, I would not recommend bleaching to the patient, as this can only aggravate the situation. With congenital pathologies of the enamel, such a procedure is also highly undesirable.

Again, you need to understand that high-quality whitening is not cheap. One visit to the dentist is not enough: to get the desired result, the procedure will have to be repeated several times. In addition, the cost of materials is overpriced by suppliers, since whitening is not a mandatory medical service. So whiten your teeth for 3-5 thousand rubles will not work. If the clinic offers such a service for a couple of thousand, then either fewer materials are used, or some stages of the procedure are skipped.

There are a huge number of whitening products that you can use at home on your own: toothpastes, records, varnishes, etc. If you are ready to take full responsibility, then you can try this option. But in case of any complications, you will not receive any compensation. Therefore, if whitening is done, then only at the dentist, who gives certain guarantees.

Jewelry on the teeth

It seems to me that the fashion for rhinestones, twinkles and precious stones in the teeth has already passed, giving way to the pedestal of veneers. However, this service is still offered in some clinics. As in previous procedures, the installation of rhinestones has a number of contraindications: increased sensitivity of the teeth, the presence of tartar, infectious diseases, enamel pathologies, malocclusion. In some cases, such seemingly harmless jewelry can cause serious discomfort, in others, they simply will not hold. Most importantly, you need to clearly understand that fashion is changeable, but healthy teeth are given by nature only once. Therefore, before deciding on any aesthetic experiments, it is worth consulting with a specialist and weighing all the pros and cons in your particular case. Otherwise, instead of the smile you dreamed of, you may face disappointment and a lot of problems.

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