Are Porcelain Dental Veneers Permanent?

Before porcelain dental veneers

My patient’s smile before treatment

In nearly all cases, once well fabricated porcelain dental veneers are put on teeth they will not come off. Veneers are typically adhered to teeth that have been trimmed down, allowing for the veneer to fit tightly against the natural tooth.

This gives the veneer a more natural and seamless appearance. There are a select few who are able to get veneers put on without any type of preparation ahead of time. Attempting veneers without reshaping can often result in bulky opaque looking teeth which are not esthetically desirable.

You Should Expect to Maintain Your Porcelain Dental Veneers After You Get Them Placed

Ten porcelain dental veneers

Ten porcelain dental veneers done by Dr. Shapiro

Porcelain dental veneers are put on typically as a cosmetic cover, but they are a very strong cover when well bonded.  They can be a great answer for a wide variety of issues, including stained teeth, teeth that have cracks or chips, or even teeth with unsightly gaps between them. However, they are also adhered to a tooth that has been trimmed, or shaved, down slightly. That minor trimming allows the veneer to fit up against the tooth more securely, giving you the most natural outcome.

They typically last anywhere from 15-25  years, when cared for properly. Well maintained veneers can potentially last a lifetime. Only a very small percentage of people who opt for veneers are able to get the kind that require no tooth preparation. If you are one of this tiny percentage, then you may have veneers that can be removed without any problems with your teeth. However, only your dentist can tell you if this is the case.

For more information on the options you have to improve your smile please contact our office. We can take a look at your teeth, and give you a really good idea on what options would work best for your mouth. Then, you can make the choice as to what procedures you want done to beautify your smile.

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