Veneers are becoming an increasingly popular way for people to enhance the look of their smile and gain confidence in how they look. If you are considering veneers for yourself, you likely have lots of questions about the procedure, but one question in particular seems to pop up more often:
Are veneers permanent?
Find out the answer in this short blog post by Mint Dental!
Veneers Are Not Made to Be Removed
Veneers are designed as a permanent solution meant to remain in place for all your life. However, you need to know that this simply means that veneers cannot be reversed.
To get veneers, the dentist must slightly shave the enamel of your natural teeth in order to create a rougher surface, so that the veneer can properly bond to your natural tooth and sit flush with the rest of your smile. Enamel cannot be restored, so if you ever want to remove your veneers, you will need either new ones or you will have to opt for a different restoration procedure.
This is because enamel helps the tooth function and adds to its strength. When it’s removed, your teeth become weaker and can be more prone to cracks, chips, or even breaking if you take the veneers off.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
We would love to tell you that your veneers will remain perfect for the rest of your life, but the truth is, it all comes down to how well you care for them. Veneers can last as long as 20 years in some cases, but they are not indestructible.
Veneers can chip, loosen, or even crack under the right circumstances. Eating hard foods, opening things with your teeth, or not properly cleaning your veneers every day can lead to these problems sooner than you would like.
The good news is that even if your veneers get damaged, you can simply have them replaced and regain your perfect smile down the line!
How to Make the Right Choice for You
Veneers are not the only cosmetic procedure that can restore the look and function of your smile. You should weigh your options carefully and make the decision based on what is best for you long-term. Before making the decision to get veneers, it is also important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of veneers.
Also, consider why you want to get veneers in the first place. If you have mild cosmetic issues like discoloration or staining, professional teeth whitening can usually resolve these issues, while dental bonding can help reshape a tooth if necessary. Neither are permanent procedures, so you will have the natural teeth intact.
Discover the differences between veneers and implants to decide which dental treatment is best for you.
Still Don’t Know If Veneers Are for You? Schedule a Visit!
If you’re interested in veneers or even a less-permanent way to enhance your smile, we at Mint Dental can help you make the right choice for your long-term dental health and appearance.
Book a consultation with Dr. Marwa Forest for an exam and to discover your best options to improve your smile!