Veneers are one of the most sought-after cosmetic dental procedures, giving patients the straight and bright smiles they always wanted. Many people would like to know if they are good candidates for this procedure, and one of the most common questions dentists get asked about veneers is if they are permanent.
The answer is yes. Veneers are an irreversible procedure that lasts for a lifetime. One of the reasons why patients might get confused about veneers is the fact that veneers have a limited lifespan. After ten to fifteen years, someone with veneers will likely have to replace them. This does not mean that you can reverse the process and decide not to have them anymore.
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain or another tooth-colored material that looks and acts like the enamel of your teeth. Before bonding the veneers to your teeth, your doctor will remove a very thin layer of your enamel, to make room for the veneers. This is the reason why this procedure is permanent, as you will be left without the protection of enamel.
Veneers have to be done by a dentist with experience in cosmetic dentistry, as an improper procedure can leave your teeth vulnerable to decay. Poorly fit veneers can also fall off sooner than they should, leading to extra costs and stress.
By booking an appointment with a reputable dentist, you ensure that the work they will do will last for years to come. Moreover, they can also educate you on how to care for your veneers.
If you think getting veneers is not for you and you don’t want to commit to a permanent procedure, there are alternatives that you might consider.
If you just want a brighter smile, then getting an in-office whitening treatment might be the right solution for you. While it can leave your teeth more sensitive to cold or hot, it’s still a minimally invasive procedure and it can be done in one sitting.
If you are also unsatisfied with the shape of your teeth, dental bonding can solve your problem and it’s not an irreversible procedure, as veneers are. Dental bonding doesn’t need trimming the enamel down, and it will perfectly fit the color of your teeth, making them fuller and fixing any cracks and chips.
If you are interested in getting veneers or other cosmetic dental procedures to repair chipped or broken teeth, or simply make them look fuller and more aligned, our team of experts can help. Dr. Anna Pahollouk and her amazing assistants at Monarch Dental Arts have vast experience with veneers, bonding, dental crowns, and implants, and are happy to make their patients love their smiles again.