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Should I Use DIY Veneers?

May 11, 2018

Female patient in dental chair talking to dentistThis may easily be deemed the DIY era. Pinterest, YouTube, and other online forums allow DIYers to share tips and secrets to do almost any project at home. Now, that includes DIY cosmetic dental care as well. You can use at-home kits to whiten, straighten, and perfect your smile. Many patients have recently asked us about DIY veneers. If you’re considering creating your own dental veneers at home, read this post to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of this DIY dental treatment.

What are DIY Porcelain Veneers?

DIY porcelain veneers are available in a number of types. Some of the cheapest solutions are just adhesive plastic sheets you can glue to the surfaces of teeth. More sophisticated DIY veneers require patients to take impressions of their teeth at home. Then, they ship their molds off to manufacturer who will create their veneers. Professional veneers are affixed to teeth permanently, but DIY options are placed using dental adhesives whenever you want to show off a flawless smile for a special event. When worn sparingly, and cared for properly, these veneers can last for a few years before they need to be replaced.

Are there Disadvantages?

As is the case with any DIY dentistry, we encourage patients to consult with a dentist before attempting any treatment to ensure they won’t accidentally harm their smiles. Many attempts to save money with DIY dental treatments lead to the need for even costlier dentistry services down the road. Other disadvantages of these treatments include:

  • Made from lower quality materials, they don’t always look natural
  • Many times, the DIY veneers fit poorly and are not comfortable and may cause patients to adjust their bite placing excess strain on teeth
  • DIY veneers should not be worn for very long on any given day
  • You’ll need to replace your veneers frequently as the less durable materials are worn or broken quickly
  • Poorly attached, these veneers may allow plaque to accumulate on teeth causing decay

Meet the Lansing Elite Dental Team

At Lansing Elite Dental, we offer a number of cosmetic dentistry solutions custom crafted to meet any patients’ needs. From simple teeth whitening to a complete smile makeover, we have the treatments you need to create a flawless smile within any budget. When you’re ready to get started, call to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation in our Lansing dental practice. We offer affordable cosmetic dental care solutions to help patients get the picture-perfect smiles they deserve without blowing their budgets.

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