Veneers offer a number of cosmetic and structural benefits. They provide a more natural tooth appearance than other cosmetic dental solutions, such as dentures or crowns. Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well, making the benefits of natural and healthy-looking teeth almost immediate. Because porcelain is stain resistant, veneers ensure bright-looking teeth for years to come after they are applied. The color of a porcelain veneer can also be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter. Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth's --or many teeth's-- color and shape because they generally don't require the extensive shaping and dental work prior to the procedure that crowns do, and yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
Veneers are permanent; the process is not reversible. They are more costly than composite resin bonding. They are usually not repairable should they chip or crack. Because enamel has been removed, teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
Though not likely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, nail biting is discouraged; as is chewing on pencils, ice, or other hard objects; or otherwise putting pressure on teeth.