Are Veneers Permanent? 

If you are considering veneers as a way to improve your smile or if your dentist has recommended this type of cosmetic treatment to you, then you may be wondering if veneers are permanent or if you can take them out at some point in the future. 

In this article, we'll tell you what to expect after getting veneers and if this treatment is permanent. 

Yes, Veneers Are Permanent 

To answer your question, yes, veneers are permanent, and here's why. Before the dentist can apply the veneers, they have to trim off a good amount of your enamel. Only after that, they can attach the veneer's shell to the surface of your front teeth. The dentist will bond the veneers to your teeth, improving not only their appearance but their strength too. 

This process is irreversible (the enamel doesn't grow back) and you will need to use veneers to protect the exposed tooth. If you were to take the veneers off, the enamel would be too thin and your teeth would be more exposed to bacteria and decay. 

How Long Do They Last? 

While veneers are permanent, they are not a permanent solution to your dental issues. Generally, veneers can last anywhere between 7 and 15 years, depending on how well you take care of them. 

Once the dentist has attached the veneers, it's up to you to prolong their lifespan as long as possible. That means thorough dental hygiene and regular dentist appointments for preventive care

Do You Have to Replace Them? 

If your veneers are approaching the end of their lifespan, then you should pay attention to these signs to determine whether it's time to replace them: 

  • You notice cracks, chips, or any other type of damage
  • You notice stains or discoloration on your veneers
  • Your gums around the veneers are recession, exposing the tooth structure
  • The veneer shell has lost its light-reflective property

How Can I Care for My Veneers to Make Them Last Longer 

Taking care of your veneers isn't that difficult. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush as well as flossing is perhaps one of the most effective ways of prolonging their lifespan. You should also avoid eating staining foods and drinks like coffee, tea, or some types of alcohol. Hard foods can also crack or chip the veneers, forcing you to replace them sooner.

Ready to Schedule Your Appointment with Us? 

If you think veneers are a good option for you or if you are looking for a cosmetic or restorative treatment to improve your smile, the team at Wallingford Dental Care is here for you. We use the latest technology and are to date with the most recent recommendations and always strive to give our patients the best dental care they can get. 

Contact us now to schedule your appointment with Dr. Moin and the rest of the team. 

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