Are Veneers Permanent?

Veneers are one of the most popular types of dental cosmetic procedures. However, considering that they can be quite the financial investment, many patients wonder if they are worth it.

The results you can achieve with veneers can be incredible. Whether you have badly stained teeth, gaps, irregularly sized or even misshapen teeth, veneers can provide you with the smile you’ve always wanted.

But one question that’s on most patients’ minds is: Are veneers permanent?

Let’s discuss:

How Do Veneers Work?

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain used to cover a variety of dental cosmetic imperfections.

To get veneers, the dentist will need to shave a bit of the tooth’s enamel. The amount is really low, and just enough to create a rough surface texture. This allows the veneers to properly bond with your teeth when they are attached.

Enamel shaving sounds scary, but you should know it will not affect your oral health in a negative way, such as by increasing sensitivity or making your teeth weak. Veneers can make your smile stronger!

So, Are Veneers Permanent?

Veneers are an irreversible procedure. Tooth enamel does not grow back or regenerate like other cells in the human body do.

As a result, once you get veneers, you are making a life-long commitment. If the veneers break or you want to make other changes to your smile’s appearance, you will need to get them replaced.

Patients who are not comfortable with making this type of commitment may opt for other types of cosmetic procedures, such as dental bonding.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

While the procedure itself is permanent, the veneers are not. They are strong and can withstand a lot, but sooner or later you may need to get them replaced.

Veneers can break, chip, and even change their color. Usually, with proper care patients get to enjoy their upgraded smile for around 10-15 years, maybe even longer.

How Do You Maintain Veneers?

The great news is that you don’t have to make a lot of changes to care for veneers. Mostly, you will need to care for your oral health with proper brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist routinely.

Other tips that can help include:

  • Eating a balanced diet with fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Avoiding highly staining foods and beverages like coffee or tomato sauces
  • Avoiding hard foods like nuts or chewing on objects
  • Getting a mouthguard if you grind your teeth, etc.

As you can see, veneer maintenance is not that difficult. With a bit of care, you can also enjoy your new smile for decades.

Are You Ready to Commit to Veneers?

If you want to upgrade your smile through veneers, Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Paul Effinger can help you find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, or recommend another treatment.

Book a veneers consultation at Alliance Family Dentistry online today!