Are Dental Veneers Permanent?

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain ceramic that are fitted over your natural teeth. With dental veneers, you can correct numerous issues with your smile, including chipped or stained teeth, but also gapped or crooked teeth. Dental veneers can completely transform your smile while allowing you to keep your natural teeth. But are dental veneers a permanent form of treatment to improve your smile? Here’s what you need to know when considering dental veneers.

Traditional Dental Veneers Are Permanent

When you opt for traditional dental veneers, the treatment is considered to be permanent [1]. This is because when applying the veneers, your dentist will need to remove a small amount of your natural tooth enamel to properly bond the veneer to the tooth. As such, you won’t be able to remove the veneers and go back to your natural teeth. You will need to continue to maintain and replace the veneers as necessary to protect your smile.

Most people have no desire to go back to their natural smile after seeing how much veneers can improve the appearance of their teeth. Your dentist can help you envision what your smile would look like with veneers with 3D images and technology so you can be confident in your decision to get veneers before the application.

Lumineers Can Be Removed

Lumineers are a specific type of dental veneer that is thinner than traditional veneers. With Lumineers, less of your tooth enamel is removed in preparation for the bonding process, so more of your natural tooth is preserved. Although Lumineers can certainly be permanent, they can also be reversed should you decide you don’t want them anymore [2].

If you are worried you won’t want veneers in the future, or want to keep your options open for restoring your smile, Lumineers may be a good choice for you. Some patients also choose Lumineers if they have dental anxiety and want to minimize any preparation work or time at the dentist before their veneers can be placed.

Which Option Is Right for You?

Whether you want to go with a permanent dental veneer option to restore your smile or consider Lumineers, your dentist can help you make the right decision. While veneers are
considered to be a permanent treatment, you may have the option of choosing Lumineers to enhance your teeth while still retaining the option for removal in the future. If you’re interested in having a straighter, whiter, and more attractive smile, ask your experienced cosmetic dentist about veneers today.

Sources:
1. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers
2. http://jamdsr.com/uploadfiles/18vol9issue8pp93-95.20210818075132.pdf

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Are Dental Veneers Permanent?
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Dental veneers can completely transform your smile while allowing you to keep your natural teeth. But are dental veneers a permanent form of treatment to improve your smile? Here’s what you need to know!
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Dr. Ahmed Uthman
Dr. Uthman also began practicing general dentistry in 1997, and went on to gain advanced training in orthodontics in 2006. He is dedicated to his patients, and strives to provide treatments that address the underlying issues that cause most cosmetic conditions. He has a great amount of compassion for his patients, and believes that having a long lasting doctor/patient relationship helps to increase the quality and effectiveness of care. Due to his commitment to a high standard of care and additional training, Dr. Uthman is also recognized as an Invisalign Preferred Provider. Dr. Uthman spends much of his free time with his wife and daughters. He enjoys watching soccer matches, playing tennis, and has recently taken up golf as well. Dr. Uthman is trilingual, speaking Kurdish, Arabic, and English.